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Data from "click of death" hard drive

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  • Started 6 years ago by Langers59
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Langers59
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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 ?

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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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.

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Budohorseman
Budohorseman
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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.

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whs
whs
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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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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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@whs. The same warning applies with using external enclosures.

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whs
whs
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At least you don't mess up another PC. I would not want to risk another system. The $20 for an enclosure may be a good investment in this case.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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@whs. You can mess up another system by plugging in a defective drive (in an external case)

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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@whs. You can mess up another system by plugging in a defective drive (in an external case)

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