Backing Up Data On Defective Drive

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November 4, 2009 at 08:29:26
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.802 GHz / 3007 MB
My laptop is usually on 24/7 and basically my room is HOT, so I think my hard drive over heated. The 1st time when I tried to use it, it was not in windows and said IDE Error, Press F1 and it booted into Windows but the 2nd time it froze before the windows splash screen appeared and the hard drive was reading hard, then stopping, then reading hard, then stopping. It was not clicking, but wasn't booting into Windows.

Then I downloaded the Hitachi Hard Drive Diagnostic ISO and burn't it on CD-RW and booted it on my laptop to do the hard drive test.

When it did that, the hard drive wasn't reading hard and stopping but after diagnostic, it gave me this hard drive error:

0x72 - Defective Drive. S.M.A.R.T Failure.

TRC: 72026714

Now, I know this hard drive is defective and I can always go on ebay and waste about 10 or 20 dollars on a new 2nd hand one, or use my spare 60 gb hard drive I have, I even have a 10 gb hard drive which I put in later in the laptop to see if the machine worked, which I am glad it did, but this is not the case. I have some data which I need to backup from it.

Is there a way of making it work temporarily so that I can get the drive to work for a short time before it breaks again? I really need the data badly. I also tried the freezer thing and it didn't work. Maybe should I open up the drive and move something for it to work again?

Somebody please help.

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November 4, 2009 at 12:51:15
If you are willing to spend a few dollars, I would suggest getting an adapter to connect it externally to a desktop via USB, and then try to recover your important files. Make sure it's nice and cool before you start the recovery try.

USB adapter

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November 4, 2009 at 13:18:10
The drive would still be accesable now for the usb connection to work. This would assume the mainboard interface is what failed not the drive.

What you can do depends on what went wrong with the drive.

If you heard clicking or you were getting read/write failures you can try putting the drive in the freezer for 10 minutes and then back into the pc to see if you can get enough access to leach off your files. This only addresses mechanical flop in the spindles/read-write heads. Cooling tightens things up hopefully long enough for you to read data off.

If it is the controller then what you do is get an exact same drive and use its pcb board on your failed drive. This addresses failed electronics.

Otherwise you have to send it to a recovery place that will take the drive apart and read directly from the platters recovering your data. Tends to be a bit costly.

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November 4, 2009 at 22:25:53
I ordered a 2.5 to 3.5 IDE converter with a Power Supply Power Cable with it. Will this be sufficient for this?

This is what I bought:

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November 10, 2009 at 13:41:08
I bought an 2.5 to 3.5 adapter and connected it to one of my desktop machine and when I turned it on, it told me the hard drive is defective, backup and don't use. then I booted into Windows XP and after the splash screen, the hard drive is trying to read and is freezing the entire computer. The hard drive spins and there is disk activity, but it keeps reading hard and stopping.

Is there a way of opening up the disk and adjusting and fixing whatever broke so that I can temporarily access the data? How do I get the data out?

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