Son came home from Uni with his laptop that was dropped onto a hard floor - it's a no brainer and insurance will pay up. Screen smashed and it appears that the hard drive heads are not engaging - I beleive this is a 'click of death' scenerio - it tries to start, but soon gives up after a few noises. How successfull is it to purcahse a SATA /USB cable to try and get the Uni work etc off, or would it be better if a 'data recovery' company has a go - if so, anyone recommend one ?
Data from "click of death" hard drive(8 posts)
Oh dear. You could try taking the hard disk out, and trying it in another laptop first.
BE WARNED. This does involve a certain amount of risk for the computer you try it out in.
Also be warned that most data recovery companies will charge you an arm and a leg, possibly a kidney and your spleen too. Also note that most of them do not have a clean room rated for opening a Hard Disk and will just try to do a data transfer. Chances are if the drive is bad you'll just have to write off that data.
If the heads are bent, that's the end. And stay away from the data recovery companies. No good! If you want to try outside the laptop, take the disk out and put it into an external USB harddrive enclosure like the ones on this page http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm.....orylist.do This is much safer than risking another PC.
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