Get pictures off hard drive

January 6, 2011 at 14:35:45
Specs: Windows XP Pro
Hard Drive started ticking and now you cant here it spin, bios does not detect it. Is there anyway to get my pictures or any other data off of the hard drive. The hard drive is a maxtor 5T020H2

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#1
January 6, 2011 at 14:45:39
If the hard disk is broke and cannot be recognised in the BIOS be prepared for some very expensive data recovery.

Stuart


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#2
January 6, 2011 at 14:56:39
You can try the "freezer trick" (google it) but there's no guarantee it will work. Next time, back up your important files & photos.

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#3
January 6, 2011 at 18:01:18
Try extracting he data by using your hard drive on another computer.

WARNING-Don't use it on another computer if you think there is a virus in the hard drive, otherwise the other computer will be damaged.


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#4
January 6, 2011 at 18:03:47
never mind what i said previously. Read "www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_crash''

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#5
January 7, 2011 at 04:19:52
A head crash these days is practically unknown. Technology had advanced to such an extent that the only time you are going to get a head crash is if you physically abuse the drive while power is applied. A head crash will not prevent the drive from being identified in the BIOS but will make reading data difficult.

A mechanical failure which prevents the disk from spinning up and the drive head from finding track 0 will prevent the the BIOS from detecting the drive. The ticking noise you hear is the head mechanism coming up against the stops as it repeatedly attempts to find Track 0. This is what appears to have happened in this case.

The "freezing trick" can sometimes work as it will shrink the components slightly and may free up an otherwise seized drive spindle.

Stuart


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