Posted 06 January 2007 - 01:01 PM
Hey. I've got a laptop...
And it started making noises, occasionally. It would usually jam up when it made the noise and usually got stuck doing it when i was virus checking or defragging. The noise was like "brrr, brrr, brrrrrr.... Ticktick, ticktick, ticktick, ticktick. Brrr, brrr, brrrrr...." etc.
So i assumed out of general logic it was the hard drive... and i also assumed it was physical damage. Because to be frank, i didn't look after the laptop very well, and it slid off my lap onto the floor on many occasions.
But, it worked quite well. And for a good few months didn't make a noise at all. I've recently been using it less and less... and after not having it on for a couple of months, it won't turn on now.
So my brother likes to take things apart and fix them. He's good at fixing stuff. He's always done it. He reckons the head has moved out of place and seems certain he can fix it, at least in the short term to get some data off it. After having a quick rummage around google, it seems likley he's right about the head being damaged. But everywhere just seems to be making jokes about the idea of any 'normal' folk being able to try and fix it.
So i want a straight answer. If he takes it apart and tries to fix it, is there any chance it may work?
If not any other suggestions for retrieving at least some data on the drive, that won't cost me thousands. Something that may get it to work for a short period to get some old data back.