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December 13, 2006 8:47:47 PM

my freaking mom dropped my harddrive while it was in a external case


it makes a clicking noise and doesnt mount!!!

is it broken?!?!!?

i have it in my freezer rite now...

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December 13, 2006 8:53:01 PM

can i take it apart?!?!?!
December 13, 2006 9:26:23 PM

Wow. Sounds like your screwed bro. The clicking noise is the worst, seriously. Opening it probably won't help and will more likely hurt it since you're not a trained professional. I work on computers for a living and would never open a hard drive with data on it that I intended to keep.

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December 13, 2006 9:30:39 PM

Plug it in, boot up. If it works, yay. If it doesn't, bummage.

Don't open it up unless you REALLY know what you're doing. I say this because the platters CANNOT get ANY dust on them, or you'll get a head crash (dust will disrupt the actuator, causing it contact the platter, destroying it). Or, if you know it's fried, disassemble it for fun.

Remember this adage:

Hard Drives are mechanical, making them slower, less reliable, and more fragile than chip-based storage.

Edit: To TC: Yeah, that clicking is probably a f***ked actuator.
December 13, 2006 9:40:33 PM

GOD DAMN IT!!!!!!!!!!!


sorry for the wrong area...i needed help asap
December 13, 2006 9:42:22 PM

my luck...i plugged my other drive into the same ex.case when it was on...spark...fire smell...killed it...2 FLIPPIN DRIVES IN ONE NIGHT...i didnt have anything on that one tho
December 13, 2006 9:54:28 PM

Show some respect for your mother please.

I'm sure she did not mean to damage it.
December 13, 2006 10:08:09 PM

Yeh, it's dust man, and opening it up outside of a clean room, without a static strap and no ion shower and all of the other mumbojumbo would do it in, even if it was good. Sorry man
December 14, 2006 12:33:44 AM

make a wind chime out off the patters.
December 14, 2006 12:35:52 AM

you could send it off to a data recovery center for a cool $2000


pfffffff :lol: 
December 14, 2006 12:44:06 AM

Gods last name is not damn...
December 14, 2006 1:36:15 AM

Just say you hacked into the pentagon and stole military secrets, the FBI will do it for free. :lol: 
December 14, 2006 1:59:20 AM

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Just say you hacked into the pentagon and stole military secrets, the FBI will do it for free. :lol: 


SSSHHHHHHH!! you don't want them in here do ya :lol: 
December 14, 2006 6:56:44 AM

In simple, pray you backed up your data. And don't do anything as stupid as opening the drive.
December 14, 2006 7:50:08 AM

The platters are actually in a vacuum. I know this guy who recovers data, he built his own little "vacuum chamber" for that purpose
December 14, 2006 8:04:34 AM

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In simple, pray you backed up your data. And don't do anything as stupid as opening the drive.


The way I see it, he's got nothing to lose by opening the drive. His data's gone the way of the Baiji dolphin. At least he'll get a nice view of all the spinning bits inside. :lol: 
December 14, 2006 8:13:42 AM

the drive is roadkill
the ticking noise, is actually the read-write head that can't focus on the data any more, try to recover with some software, like getdataback, to recover as much as possible, but place the hard drive inside your computer on a IDE channel. good luck, you're going to need it
December 14, 2006 8:57:13 AM

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my freaking mom dropped my harddrive while it was in a external case


it makes a clicking noise and doesnt mount!!!


I did a similar thing many years ago with an old WD 4GB HDD. I didn't need the data on it anyway, and it wouldn't work properly, so I took the cover off and could actually see the head actuator and the platters moving... I was running scandisk which would lock the PC at about 50%, so when it got to about 48% I *gasp* rubbed my fingers all over the exposed top surface of the upper platter as it was spinning.... When it locked up I just pulled the cables out of the back of it while the platters were still spinning... Really awesome gyroscope effect! Much stronger than I would have thought! Then I took the whole thing apart... Fascinating!


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i have it in my freezer rite now...


Are you planning to eat it at a later date?
December 14, 2006 9:59:45 AM

Dude I say when its broken like that and it doesn't come with a warranty.. dissect it and just have fun instead :D 
December 14, 2006 12:28:55 PM

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i have it in my freezer rite now...


Are you planning to eat it at a later date?

Planky, not only will a frozen damaged hard drive serve as a fascinating and effective cooling floater in your Christmas party punch, but there are many who swear by it!

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December 15, 2006 5:41:35 PM



OMG! Now there's a trick I never knew.

A very good friend of mine once told me the best way to recover data from a hard drive was to rub my feet on nylon carpet for 5 minutes and then stroke the delicate "underparts" of the drive lovingly for a few seconds. I never managed to get that to work, though... So I never did manage to recover the pictures of him and the sheep. And the horse. :?
December 15, 2006 5:58:19 PM

Hmm... rubbing the HD circuits with static. Now that is pretty well guaranteed to turn the sheep and horse sex pix into magnetic soup! :D 
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December 15, 2006 6:11:13 PM

Did we mention that most hard drives have at least a 3 year manufacturers warranty? If you haven't voided the warrany by breaking the seal and opening the drive, then you can probably RMA it, and save yourself some money. Check the date of manufacture, and go to their website for details.

Hope this helps. Good Luck! :) 
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