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Old 09-27-2009, 01:43 PM   #1
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I have a hard drive which is 500gb (sata) and after dropping it my computer is not detecting the drive plus its making noise when switching it on.

Recovering the data through a specialist is expensive but i do not want to loose life long data. I tried looking for a hard disc reader but couldnt find any unless someone can help. so what i want to do is buy another hard drive and open it up to swap out the hard disc. will this work ?

i would prefer buying a hard disc reader if anyone knows where i can buy one?

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so what i want to do is buy another hard drive and open it up to swap out the hard disc. will this work ?
This would be an extremely complex job and is something for specialists to do - even them it has to be done in a special environment.

First, which manufacturer is the drive?

Second, is the drive detected in BIOS?

Third, check if it comes up in device manager - go to start, run and type devmgmt.msc.

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DO NOT OPEN OR ALTER THAT HARD DRIVE WITHOUT THE DIRECTION of an experienced drive tech or I will GUARANTEE you will lose the entire contents of that hard drive




there are tools like software called Media Tools Pro (about $200.00) which can backward image a hard drive "if" its somewhat operational

but you have to answer can the drive be communicated with ? does the bios see it and identify the make and model of the drive correctly
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As Linderman said DON'T!
The tools to do it yourself would cost a LOT more than the cost of a recovery, not counting the clean room. Platter swaps are a last ditch effort even for experienced recovery engineers. I can guarantee trying this at home will not end well, you will lose your data.
Tis will be a multiplatter drive, probably with baffles between the platters. The platters must be removed as one unit and cannot be permitted to move even one micron, platters shiftat all and you have a couple of shiny frisbees. Do any of these sound like your drive http://datacent.com/hard_drive_sounds.php what is the make and model number of the drive?
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I have a western Digital 1 its not showing on the BIOS nor is it showing on the device manager. i cannot afford a specialist because i have had a qoute of over £200. i have been looking on youtube on how to replace platters although not reommended but in theory can it be done?
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You tube..... they probably did a single platter drive, which yes, can be done, but look at some of the multiplatters with baffles. They are tough to do with the proper tools, ( which start at about $800 USD ) and impossible to do without. The platter alignment will slip, you will contaminate the disk surface since you don't have a clean room, and you will end up with a very unstable drive. You also need to find a matched donor, which requires more than just the model number. I just ordered a 60 GB 2.5 inch donor for a case, it cost $135.00 plus shipping. As soon as you start matching the numbers you need, the price on that used drive goes up. You were looking for a 'disk reader' DeepSpar disk imager is about $3800 USD it is the best for reading disks with issues, however, it probably won't be able to read if the disk does not spin, and definitely not if the issue is heads. You really need to diagnose the problem first. To do a platter swap, you also need to basically do a head swap - at least in as far as taking two sets of heads off without destroying them and replacing, and if the problem is heads, then that is a somewhat simpler issue than the platter swap. I have done platter swaps in the clean room, with about a 50% success ratio - even for data recovery engineers, that is the LAST thing you try.

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