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April 28, 2013 3:12:52 PM

Hi, all.

I have just had a HDD failure on a Seagate "Certified Repaired" drive with a green border on the label that I didn't know was allegedly repaired; where I bought it from didn't tell me that, and I didn't notice the small text telling me until after I began using it a few months ago. I decided to give it a chance. I did notice the green border but didn't think much about it.

I was using it via a 5.25" HDD usb dock about an hour ago and copied an archive across to my main drive and was using it. I went back to the "repaired" drive but My Computer doesn't want to show it anymore; all it does is make a noise as if it's trying to read the drive. I noticed it when copying the archive across but it was working so I didn't think it was a problem. Now it's not working at all. Other drives spin up and are accessible. Also while the USB cable is removed, the dock still tries spinning the drive up to no avail, so I decided it's the drive's fault, not the dock's nor my computer/operating system/software.

I am rather intuitive and independent. This might be a rather strange question, but if anyone knows how I might be able to gain access to a hardware data recovery tool - not software; not any programmes but hardware - to read the drive platters, plus how much one would cost, then that would help me a lot. The type I am after would be what I'd expect forensics to use which can recover data on physically damaged platters that software can't access. I also have misplaced the receipt for the drive.

I know it would be cheaper to send the drive in to someone, but I would still like to do it myself, as I said above; I also do quite enjoy DIY, so it sort of makes sense to me.

Searching online for it only results in software recovery tools, even though I specifically mention - and in quote marks - hardware recovery tools.

Thanks.

P.S. In the future I'll be vigilant in making certain it's not allegedly "repaired", and preferably not Seagate, either.
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April 28, 2013 3:58:23 PM

if anyone knows how I might be able to gain access to a hardware data recovery tool - not software; not any programmes but hardware - to read the drive platters,...

An electron microscope, maybe.
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April 28, 2013 5:36:09 PM

Thanks. I searched for that and it came up with 'magnetic force microscope'. Is it possible to purchase one of these? If so, how much would one be?
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April 28, 2013 5:46:48 PM

Bob_Brains said:
Thanks. I searched for that and it came up with 'magnetic force microscope'. Is it possible to purchase one of these? If so, how much would one be?


Well....from this site, used electron microscopes start at $32,000. Obtaining the expertise needed to use one to read a hard drive? Several years of schooling and experience.
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