Hard Drive Won't spin

February 11, 2009 at 08:50:20
Specs: Windows XP
I recently installed a new hard drive in my computer. The drive I took out was a Hitachi, it won't spin at all now and I've plugged it in as an external and internal and it won't register that it even has an OS on it? Can any one help I really need that data off the old drive

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February 11, 2009 at 09:12:49
What makes you think it wont spin? Modern hard drives are so quiet it is difficult to tell if they are spinning. The only positive way of telling is if they work properly.

The fact that it isn't working can be down to a number of things. Have you tried running the manufactures diagnostics on it. That will identify what is really wrong with it.

If the drive really has stopped spinning then there is not a lot you can do about it except give it to a data recovery company and be prepared to spend a lot of money. Backups are cheaper.

There is one trick you can try and that is to put the bag inside a fridge in a plastic bag for a few hours. The cooling sometimes shrinks the metal enough to allow the disk to spin sufficiently long to recover data of the disk. However it is a last ditch effort. You have to be quick when you take the disk out of the fridge before the spindle heats up and seizes again. It is usually a once only thing as the condensation produced often kills of the drive completely.


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February 11, 2009 at 18:20:02
Stuart, The IT guy at my job used a couple of different USB type plug in's with both power sources and we couldn't even get a computer to recognize that we'd plugged in a new drive. Its as if it doesn't recognize a power source. If I could just get it make a sound of any kind I'd lose this sinking feeling in my stomach every time I look at it. Do you think that knowing this I'm ready for the refrigerator think?

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