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Old 02-09-2009, 07:06 PM
 
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I've never done this for a drive that was soaked, but...

You could buy the -exact- same hard drive model.
Take your old hard drive apart and let it air out somewhere for a few days where bugs and dust aren't going to get into it. Keep it away from pretty much everything. Don't mess with the platters, just take the covering off.
Remove the circuit board panel from both drives, (You should have done this with the dead drive already)

Once you think it has sufficiently aired out put the dead drive back together using the circuit board from the new drive.

My reasoning is that possibly the water only damaged your circuit board and by using a new board it will work. I've done this on hard drives where the board had simply died or it had somehow got fried, complete with visual burn marks.
You're going to need a new drive anyways so... Granted this will probably void the hell out of your new hard drive's warranty. I don't know..maybe not. I'm not sure where all those little warranty void stickers are placed. I never pay attention.
Opening the drive outside of a clean room isn't going to help the cause
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:10 PM
 
Location: US
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Opening the drive outside of a clean room isn't going to help the cause
Well if he isn't wanting to drop 1k for file recovery from the professionals it is definitely worth a shot.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:18 PM
 
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Well if he isn't wanting to drop 1k for file recovery from the professionals it is definitely worth a shot.
Yeah I guess if he's already written the data off and has absolutely no plans at all to get it professionally recovered, its worth a shot.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:23 PM
 
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The drive went for a swim. He's well beyond the point of "someone at a local school that would do it cheaply". That's like suggesting he find someone at the local barber shop to remove a malignant brain tumor for him on the cheap.
We don't really know this for sure. "Because of water" doesn't explain a thing. Taking to some local nerd that's 13 doesn't mean it's not recoverable by a responsible, knowledgeable tech.

With the extremely limited amount or real information we have it's impossible to know what can be attempted on this drive.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Humboldt, Tennessee
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Yeah I guess if he's already written the data off and has absolutely no plans at all to get it professionally recovered, its worth a shot.
Agreed, and judging by what the OP has stated, I don't think that is the case. There is a reason why hard drives are manufactured in clean environments and must have data recovered in clean environments.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:35 PM
 
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We don't really know this for sure. "Because of water" doesn't explain a thing. Taking to some local nerd that's 13 doesn't mean it's not recoverable by a responsible, knowledgeable tech.

With the extremely limited amount or real information we have it's impossible to know what can be attempted on this drive.
Hopefully the thread starter will come back and explain exactly what happened to the drive.
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