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Windows 7: Dead Hard Drive?

03 Jun 2011   #1

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Dead Hard Drive?

Hey guys,

Recently my laptop was smashed. I savaged the hard drive hoping there would be a small chance it might still work. I've gotten a new laptop, as well as a SATA to USB cable.

I've plugged in the cable, and the device driver installed however the hard drive doesn't appear under Explorer. I went to Disk Drive > Device Manager, and the drive shows up as a bunch of random characters. Under properties there is no information listed under Is this evidence that the HDD has suffered physical damage?

If so, does anyone know of any recovery methods?

Picture below, also when I powered up the drive, there's no clicking, everything sounds fine.

edit: Nevermind I just got it to appear,

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03 Jun 2011   #2
James Colbert


In the interest of others searching for solutions for the same issue, how did you solve your problem?

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