Hard drive is clicking, won't boot. Time for data recovery?

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  1. SigmaNuClay

    SigmaNuClay I'll show you my nunchuk...

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    I'm dumb. I didn't backup my shit like I knew I should have forever ago. Now out of nowhere my HD started clicking and won't boot. What can I do to salvage the data? I need a lot of it, if possible. Anyone had any experiences with data recovery services? Do I need to do that or do I have other options? I know a pretty good bit about computers, but this is beyond my level of expertise I think, and I don't want to risk permanently F'ing my data up (if it's not already) by trying to fix it myself. Any suggestions for recovering my stuff?
     
  2. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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  3. pyehac

    pyehac if she's old enough to cross the street, she's old

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    At work, we use ZAR and data saver pro. Usually ZAR gets it right the first time. If it doesn't work, then the drive is dead (we have 2 other programs I can't recall then names of).
     
  4. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    try spinrite, if that doesn't work or the hard drive isn't recognized at all, stick it in the freezer, then put it in as a slave and hope that you can grab the data off of it before it totally dies

    or pony up several thousand dollars to have a data recovery service attempt to recover it

    this will teach you to regularly backup
     
  5. Ex Inferis

    Ex Inferis Shut the fuck up OT Supporter

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    freezer trick
     
  6. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    make sure the spindle is turning at all. If it isn't, you're fucked.
     
  7. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    when will people learn???? You want to get your data off BEFORE you hear the bad noises.
     
  8. Maffy29

    Maffy29 Active Member

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  9. awns729

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    If you wan't to spend thousands of dollars, you can pay someone to do it. Or there's a tutorial somewhere out there, where someone got an identical drive and did some type of platter transplant or some shit. It's super risky, and there's probably some learning you'll have to do. Depends on your situation, really, and whether your first attempts at a software recovery fail.
     
  10. trouphaz

    trouphaz New Member

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    i remember back in the day, whacking a drive with the back of a screwdriver helped in certain cases as well. but, anyway, here is an article about the different ways of attempting to recover data from a crashed hard drive and their consequences. :)

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/printpage/245/1
     

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