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Old 05-01-2013, 09:25 AM
 
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Is this hard drive recoverable? It was opened in a dust room, has a few fingerprints and i accidentally moved the head and when i turned it on the platter became scratched. I quickly switched it off after 2 seconds.

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Old 05-01-2013, 05:05 PM
 
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If it had important data on it why was it opened up to begin with?
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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You might get lucky and get some data off it, but I wouldn't expect much. Besides the visible damage, it sounds like you probably knocked the heads out of alignment.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:39 PM
 
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Look at it on the bright side, now you have a new shiny bookend/door stopper!

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Old 05-01-2013, 06:46 PM
 
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Look at it on the bright side, now you have a new shiny bookend/door stopper!

And some cool magnets.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:52 PM
 
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probably unrecoverable, never open a hard drive you need data off of v.v
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:56 PM
 
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Maybe he was planning on scraping the bits and bytes into a paper cup
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:46 PM
 
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If it's something important send it to a specialists, they'll be able to recover data from the undamaged portion.

If you want to try it yourself I saw a tutorial once on using another drive that is exactly the same drive and switch the platters. Then use a data recovery program like PC Inspector, ISO Buster etc. This is basically what the specialists do however they probably go to more efforts to clean it.
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:38 AM
 
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And some cool magnets.
Very strong ones. You can hold up an entire appointment book with one of those! Did you ever try to get one OFF the refrigerator?
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:49 PM
 
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If you want to try it yourself I saw a tutorial once on using another drive that is exactly the same drive and switch the platters. Then use a data recovery program like PC Inspector, ISO Buster etc. This is basically what the specialists do however they probably go to more efforts to clean it.
Seriously? I mean, you expect a home PC user to switch hard drive platters without effing it up?


I know I couldn't!

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Very strong ones. You can hold up an entire appointment book with one of those! Did you ever try to get one OFF the refrigerator?
Mine became a permanent part of it!
I dunno what it is about magnets but I always loved magnets ever since I was a kid!
Gotta love those old stereo speakers with them giant, bad.ss round magnets.
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