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Windows 7: HOw To Repair a hard drive that has been overheated

28 Apr 2013   #1

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HOw To Repair a hard drive that has been overheated

I have Toshiba satellite c675 and the hard drive doesn't want to work because ti was overheated. How can i fix it. When i try to go in safe mode, it only shows a blank black screen with safe mode on every corner. HOw can i fix it. I need Help Fast!

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28 Apr 2013   #2
whs

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I would put it into the fridge overnight - seriously. That has helped with many HDD and USB stick problems.
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28 Apr 2013   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would put it into the fridge overnight - seriously. That has helped with many HDD and USB stick problems.
Just for clarity; I believe you mean to put the hard drive in the refrigerator, not the laptop, correct?
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28 Apr 2013   #4
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would put it into the fridge overnight - seriously. That has helped with many HDD and USB stick problems.
Just for clarity; I believe you mean to put the hard drive in the refrigerator, not the laptop, correct?
Yes, that would be the best.
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28 Apr 2013   #5

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Just to add to what whs suggested, you should put it in a closable bag (e.g. ziplock) and include a packet (or two) of those moisture absorbing crystals.
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28 Apr 2013   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EEKMD View Post
When i try to go in safe mode, it only shows a blank black screen with safe mode on every corner.
Pardon me for saying this, but isn't this how Safe Mode is supposed to work? The fact the OP can even access Safe Mode at all suggests his HDD is running adequately to the point it can be accessed, which means tossing it in the fridge might cause problems with no benefits to gain.
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28 Apr 2013   #7
whs

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Just to add to what whs suggested, you should put it in a closable bag (e.g. ziplock) and include a packet (or two) of those moisture absorbing crystals.
Good idea. And if you have no crystals, a bag of salt or a couple of paper towels are also good.

Just to remind you - this is no guarantee that it will work. But it is worth a try and does not cost any.

Should the disk revive, have an external backup disk ready to save your stuff. The revival may not last forever (as people have reported that used this trick).
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28 Apr 2013   #8

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If it works Wolfgang, I`ll bring you down a case of beer.......and drink it
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28 Apr 2013   #9

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Rice

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Just to add to what whs suggested, you should put it in a closable bag (e.g. ziplock) and include a packet (or two) of those moisture absorbing crystals.
Good idea. And if you have no crystals, a bag of salt or a couple of paper towels are also good.
I've also read that rice is good at absorbing moisture.
It's less likely to stick to your circuitry, than salt is too.

I save all those bags of Silica Gel crystals and keep them in an air tight container.
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28 Apr 2013   #10

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I'm thinking (grab the aspirin). If the hard drive got so hot it stopped working how good of shape is the rest of the laptop?
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