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Accidently pulled the SATA cable out whilst computer was on

Last response: in Storage
November 20, 2012 1:50:04 PM


A few years ago I accidently pulled out the loose SATA cable on my main XP OS Hard drive whilst the power was on. The screen just froze, restarted and got a hard drive S.M.A.R.T. error...

This has made the HD completely non-funtional, I have tried repairing it recently using HDD Regeneration 2011 and windows does not even pick the drive up, but somehow this program does. But this does not fix the problem as it just freezes halfway through when trying to regenerate the bad sectors (must be over 200+ in total).. the drive turns off and stops all function, until I press a small very hot square on the HDD chipboard and reboots up again but just stalls again and turns off...

I have not found a solution,

Can anyone help me? It has some very elusive data on it which nobody holds as it was all of my music master projects and samples ect! And from what I heard, data recovery costs a bomb!

November 21, 2012 10:59:15 AM

sorry for double posting but I need to know if I can repair this without sending it to someone, it would cost £30 an hour for them to repair it...... *bump*
a b G Storage
November 21, 2012 12:31:02 PM

Sounds like it's bricked. If you don't want to pay the money, toss it in the trash...
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November 23, 2012 10:58:43 AM

fzabkar said:
What is the model number?

Try a comprehensive SMART diagnostic. Look for reallocated, pending, or uncorrectable sectors.

HD Sentinel (DOS / Windows / Linux):

HDDScan for Windows:

See this article for SMART info:

Nice one dude,

Will give a shot when I get some time and let you know the results :) 
November 23, 2012 11:14:20 AM

that small very hot square you mentioned sounds like a failing IC on the drive PCB...if the program you are using to regenerate the drive sectors allows you to access drive contents, immediately backup as much data as you can
September 3, 2014 7:57:30 PM

Sounds like the best option will be to buy a replacement controller board for the exact same product/version/firmware as your drive - probably fastest to buy the drive on ebay and swap them. takes ten minutes. Not all drives work, but you either have a brick, or one brick and one HD.