Dead Hard Disk

May 7, 2009 at 22:53:34
Specs: Windows XP
I hava a IDE Samsung 60 GB hard disk which is not working at all. Can someone help me to recover the datas? I have read lots of articles through google on recovering dead hard disk. I don't know where the exact problem is. Whether in the logic board or with the spinner because it is not spinning. Please help me on this.

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May 8, 2009 at 01:10:46
Well first try to reset the Hard Disk by uninstall then reinstall it the tower. If it's still not good then try to install it to another Tower to see if it's really dead.

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May 8, 2009 at 04:01:03

Your answers are pretty much useless IMO. Response #2 is useful information. The only thing I would add is that you could try physically removing the drive but keep it connected. Then use something like the handle of a screw driver to tap on the side of the drive. This MIGHT get the drive rotating if the bearings are the problem.

ONLY tap the side.

Both cables are needed but the power cable is the one you need to be concerned with now to verify the power connector (molex) is actually supplying power. Swap with a known working connector to verify.

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May 8, 2009 at 06:57:37
I have tried everything, bios is not detecting the hard drive. i have check changing the cable, tried it in anther computer and even i tried freezing the hard drive but still no use. then i removed the cover to identify the exact problem, the disk is not spinning at all, i dont know the exact problem. how do i fix this? is the problem with the logic board? pls advise.

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May 8, 2009 at 07:18:05
There is no way to know what the problem is for sure. Replacing the logic board is a hit/miss proposition anyway.

You may need to use a professional recovery service.

Did you try tapping the side of the drive?

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May 8, 2009 at 07:44:28
Yes i tried that as well still no use. When i power on the PC, the head of the hard drive (which is above the disk) moves, is it possible to identify where problem is with the above scenario? is it with the spinner?

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May 8, 2009 at 07:52:50
If the head moves then it may be the motor or bearings.

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What led up to this failure? Any power surges or lightning?

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May 8, 2009 at 07:59:54
I was out of town for some time, when i came back it did not get detected. don't know what exactly happened. Price to recover the data by professionals are not affordable. so i'm to recover it my self. :(

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May 8, 2009 at 08:10:11
Well, some folks claim success by moving the disks to another working drive of the same model. I have no experience with that.

Keep in mind there may be more than one platter in the drive and the platter/s may be double sided. That means heads for every side.

IF you can locate a drive with the same firmware you might try changing out the circuit board BEFORE the platters. I think the head alignment is an issue that I can't see overcoming.

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