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Windows 7: Hard Drive Heaven


06 Jun 2011   #1

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Hard Drive Heaven

It appears that I have one more drive headed for a long rest. When I started hearing some clicks, I used a stethoscope to locate which drive was croaking, and I was somewhat surprised by what I heard. In addition to the clicking, I could hear the drive revving up like a race car, only to terminate in a click, and then it would start over again.

I seriously doubt it, but before performing the last rites on it, I was wondering if there might be any possible cure to the illness?


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06 Jun 2011   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
It appears that I have one more drive headed for a long rest. When I started hearing some clicks, I used a stethoscope to locate which drive was croaking, and I was somewhat surprised by what I heard. In addition to the clicking, I could hear the drive revving up like a race car, only to terminate in a click, and then it would start over again.

I seriously doubt it, but before performing the last rites on it, I was wondering if there might be any possible cure to the illness?
Not long term, but if you need to get data off it as a LAST RESORT ONLY. You can put it in a plastic bag and put the bag in the freezer. The contraction because of the cold may give you a few more starts to get data off it.

I had 5 go in 18 months so have the HD mfrs on speed dial\
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06 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143
You can put it in a plastic bag and put the bag in the freezer.
I always thought this was the silliest sounding thing when I first heard it, but ...

It has indeed worked for me in the past.

I had a drive that would just click a few times and that was it. The deep freeze got it working just long enough to retrieve the DATA I wanted.
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06 Jun 2011   #4

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
It appears that I have one more drive headed for a long rest. When I started hearing some clicks, I used a stethoscope to locate which drive was croaking, and I was somewhat surprised by what I heard. In addition to the clicking, I could hear the drive revving up like a race car, only to terminate in a click, and then it would start over again.

I seriously doubt it, but before performing the last rites on it, I was wondering if there might be any possible cure to the illness?
Not long term, but if you need to get data off it as a LAST RESORT ONLY. You can put it in a plastic bag and put the bag in the freezer. The contraction because of the cold may give you a few more starts to get data off it.

I had 5 go in 18 months so have the HD mfrs on speed dial\
No, the drive only contained backup images, and since I'm about to have to do a clean install for a hardware upgrade, those will be useless anyway, so I won't waste a freezer bag on it.

I've also had a similar failure rate on my hard drives. The only drives that I have ever had any luck with were Maxtors, but since Seagate has gobbled them up, I have begun considering hard drives as consumables. I've have had ink cartridges outlast some of my drives.
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06 Jun 2011   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You could do this, but the cost is about the same as a new HD.



Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 7200.9 7200.8 Maxtor DiamondMax Plus Hard Drive PCB | PCB Solution
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06 Jun 2011   #6

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

No thanks, I assume that the cost that you mentioned was for buying a new logic board for the drive, but it is not worth spending anything on. Besides, from what I have read, the logic board is really only for getting the drive to work long enough for recovery, not as a true fix, and whether even that much success will occur is questionable.

I'm curious, that youtube video's audio had a very strong echo to it, making it very difficult to understand. Was it the same for you, or do you suppose that it had to do with some sound setting on my PC?
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06 Jun 2011   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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A bit of back ground sound.
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07 Jun 2011   #8

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

The RMA for my 1TB drive arrived today, and I was pleasantly surprised that they sent me a 1.5TB in it's place, and it appears to be new rather than re-certified. I'm running it through HD Tune now, so I have my fingers crossed. In any case, they did far better than Seagate on RMAing...I may stick with WDC for a while.
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07 Jun 2011   #9

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

WD is so much better than Seagate or maxtor, etc I am also only using them atm.
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07 Jun 2011   #10

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I'm still in the process of phasing out my Seagates and Maxtors. Once I have done my computers will remain Seagate/Maxtor free.
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