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Hard drive not working?

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January 5, 2010 8:26:35 AM

I have a 500GB Seagate SATA hard drive and a 40GB IDE hard drive.My windows vista is installed on my 500Gb Hard disk.
Recently, my computer had some power supply problems so I had got a new power supply..
My pc was working fine for one week and later when I tried switching it on, my pc didn't boot.I checked in the bios and my SATA hard drive was not showing but I could see my IDE Hard drive.
I opened my pc and checked if the ssata and power cables were loose but it still didn't work.
I tried using a new SATA cable but that didn't help too.
I got a technician to check my pc and he told me that the plastic part around the port where you insert the SATA cable was abit damaged due to careless handling, so the SATA cable was loose.
He also said that my hard drive might have been spoiled because of my power supply problem which I had earlier.
Now I am helpless and don't know what to do because my hard drive isn't being detected.
I have the warranty for my hard drive so I can get a replacement for it but I want to get all my lost data back?
If I give my hard drive to the technicians, they'll open it and my warranty will be void.
So, is there any solution to get my data back without opening my hard drive..or anything else which could be helpful?

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January 5, 2010 12:31:50 PM

There is third party data recovery software available, but it may not work if there is a physical problem with the HDD. Check with Seagate to see what their data recovery policy is, they may want you to send it to a specific vendor.

Hint: Google data recovery as well.

Most manufacturer's understand the need for data recovery in the event of catastrophic drive failure, and vendors like Drive Savers may have to physically open the drive to remove the platter(s) to recover the data, but you apparently already know this.

It's probably not gonna be cheap.

You also might try one thing first...Put the drive in your freezer (sealed in a freezer bag with as much air as possible squeazed out) for an hour or two and try it again to see if it works. You'll want to have a backup measure readily available if it does. I don't know if it's safe to tell Seagate you tried that...might void the warranty.
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