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November 14, 2010 1:15:40 AM

Someone built a PC for me , the processor failed after a couple years, I bought a new computer and went to put the 2 HDs from the old one in, they didn't work, got housing for exterior HD and noticed the "person" took the backs of the 2 HDs! Why? who knows but I need the info on these HDs bad, a lot of research material on them. What can I do?

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a c 96 G Storage
November 14, 2010 1:20:05 AM

What do you mean took the backs from your HDDs? Are the platters exposed?
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November 14, 2010 1:44:40 AM

circut board
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a c 108 G Storage
November 14, 2010 1:46:49 AM

If someone took your drives apart and were not in a sterile environment and basically work for the drive manufacturer then not only are they an idiot then you are screwed with your data. You might could hire a forensics lab for big bucks that could recover your data but we are talking thousands of dollars.
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November 14, 2010 1:53:58 AM

What is weird is he had to have taken the backs off when he built it 2 yrs ago and it worked till the processor died, unless it wasn't the processor. YES he is an idiot !
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a c 96 G Storage
November 14, 2010 1:59:30 AM

BillieOb said:
What is weird is he had to have taken the backs off when he built it 2 yrs ago and it worked till the processor died, unless it wasn't the processor. YES he is an idiot !

This makes no sense. If he removed the circuit cards a couple of years ago, they would have never worked. Are the pin connectors still attached to the back ends of the HDDs (I assume these are IDE drives)?
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November 14, 2010 2:12:23 AM

He didn't take the circuit cards out, he took the plate off, opposite the side where all the info for the HD is printed. No the connectors aren't connected. I removed the HDs to put them in the new computer and that when I noticed the plate was off.
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November 14, 2010 2:54:31 AM

I believe what the OP is trying to say is that the bottom side does not have a cover as does the top. Thus you can see some the circuit board etc. If so, this is normal and nothing is missing. I am referring to the large top and bottom, not the small edges of the drive.
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a c 117 G Storage
November 14, 2010 3:13:09 AM

No one took anything off anything....this is how hard drives look.....the circuit board is exposed for cooling purposes.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImag...

Your Hard drive contains data that tells the computer how to start. You are attempting to take a set of instructions on your hard drive that says:

1. Do this w/ part no. 1948566327509
2. Do this with part no. 094jhfuy654i8tn
......and so on

and out those instructions in a box with a complete new set of parts. Kind alike trying to put Chevy brake pads in Mercedes and then wondering why they don't fit.

here's what you do:

1. Buy one of these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. Install as per directions. Connect to your new computer's e-sata or USB port

3. Pop the old hard drives into these docking stations (one at a time).

4. Fins the data in Windows Explorer and do what you want with it.

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November 14, 2010 4:09:08 AM

Bless all of you ! I'm the idiot, I have never seen a hard drive with the circuit board exposed before. The picture JackNaylorPE has is just how it looks. How can I vote on a best answer when everyone, except me, was right ? Thank you all again!
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November 14, 2010 4:16:54 AM

Best answer selected by BillieOb.
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a c 108 G Storage
November 14, 2010 4:30:21 AM

I did actually build a computer for someone who followed "advice" to take all the screws out of his drive and expose the platters! You had me worried lol.
Good catch Jack.
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February 23, 2012 10:57:41 PM

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