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September 25, 2013 11:56:35 AM

Hi guys, Newbie here with a dead laptop hard drive unrecognized by Windows and BIOS. To my understanding (not that knowledgeable tho) after reading numerous threads which describe similar problem, my HD had an overvoltage. As I remember the hard drive started to make this weird noise after I plugd in the power cable to the SATA-to-USB adapter. After that, my drive was in no way accessible. I have tried quite a few things :
- Boot into BIOS : none
- USB boot which has EASUS recovery
- Plug into a PC running Win7 32bit
- In the freezer over night
- Throw it like a Frisbee (without releasing)
- Asking it directly "open, sesame"

Before I pickup the tool to take apart my outdated 2.5" WD 160G, theres one thing I still need you guys to confirm for me. Its when I try to open it whether as my laptop hard drive or connected to my PC by SATA (power and data) cables, I can feel it with my hand that it spins. After a few minutes, It even starts to warm up. After about 10 minutes, its so hot I could really feel the heat penetrates my skin.

What should I do now?
I no the guys here are awesome!

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a b D Laptop
a c 317 G Storage
a b $ Windows 7
September 25, 2013 12:20:44 PM

HERE is a great article on efforts to recover old drives, well worth a quick read. It will give you some ideas, but also make you pause and order a new drive most likely.
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September 25, 2013 1:25:24 PM

RealBeast said:
HERE is a great article on efforts to recover old drives, well worth a quick read. It will give you some ideas, but also make you pause and order a new drive most likely.


Thanks for the quick reply. it was a real good read. However, I still need some specific info on my particular problem with the hard drive heating up.
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a b D Laptop
a c 317 G Storage
a b $ Windows 7
September 25, 2013 2:42:36 PM

They can get pretty warm, some of mine get so hot I can barely touch them, but the key is whether they will be recognized in the bios or disk management. If not, it is very likely dead.
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September 26, 2013 7:17:45 PM

RealBeast said:
They can get pretty warm, some of mine get so hot I can barely touch them, but the key is whether they will be recognized in the bios or disk management. If not, it is very likely dead.


True that. Thanks for the info.
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