Recover data off a failing HDD?

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  1. Casino

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    I have a HDD that has about 5,000 pictures on it, but the drive is all fucked up and I need to get the pics off. The computer sees the drive, but once I start copying pictures off, after about 5 pics the drive clicks then the computer stops seeing it, then 10 seconds later the drive will pop back up. Anyway to get past this so I can get the pics?
     
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    Trial and error, eventually its going to give out if the drive is indeed bad. I use Getdataback for NTFS and Easy Recovery for getting data off a drive thats been deleted, formatted, partitions lost that sort of thing but if the drive is going out freezer trick buys me some time but in time it'll give out. I'm no expert on this area there are some drive recovery guys that linger around here though.

    G/L
     
  3. PcH

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    GetDataBack. If it's really bad try freezing the drive in a zip lock bag and then some more software.
     
  4. negative zero

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    this. freezing might buy you a couple of minutes.
     
  5. Casino

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    By freezing, how much do I freeze it?
     
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    I've left mine in the freezer for several hours, over night sometimes. Hell I left one in the freezer for a week and forgot about it :rofl: got maybe 10 mins of usage off of it then it just didnt power on anymore. Has it starting clicking yet? Or making a click noise?
     
  7. Casino

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    Yea it will work fine, but once I really start pulling files off, it will click, then the computer won't see it anymore, then after a few seconds it pops back up.
     
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    I've never heard this.

    What's the rationale for why it might help?
     
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    If you were using Linux I'd tell you to use PhotoRec....
     
  10. Casino

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    I used GetDataBack and it worked like a charm, thank God! Thanks!
     
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    Now do what you should of done in the first place and back dat shit up!
     
  12. Casino

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    already done :bowdown:
     
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    How can a program like that pull off data soo easily, when the HDD is so fucked up I could barely pull files off manually?
     
  14. DigiCrime

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    was trying to paint a picture in my mind of what kind of failure he was speaking about like a lost partition or a mechanical failure
     
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    thats awesome i havent tried that.... is it worth trying if it clicks and the computer doesnt even recognize a drive is plugged in?
     
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    If everything else fails, it's worth trying.

    I had a drive that was malfunctioning (can't remember if it was clicking) and I assume it would overheat a crash when plugged in. Put it in a freezer (in a ziploc bag) for a few hours and plugged it back up. Had enough time to get data off of the drive before it crashed again. I've done this with 2 different drives over the years. I have also had at least one drive that it didn't help.
     
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    If the bios doesnt even see the drive then the recovery software isn't going to see it either -- mechanical failure has happened or the circuit board is dead. Once it starts clicking I won't say the freezer trick works every time but chances are slim if it is clicking but it has worked for me on a few drives just not every time. I dont recommend it though if you really need your data back, let professionals handle it if its mission critical. I have had some luck exchanging parts out of the drive to another (as long as the platter is not scratched) but thats not easy finding a duplicate drive :hsd:
     
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    After time parts become fatigued from use and heat. Freezing it would bring the parts back into place which could buy time on a fatigued HDD. I have had it work for only a couple minutes, but my drive was actually physically damaged
     
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    Freeze it, if you need more time,(if you can) leave the drive in a ziplock bag, and surround the bag with ice inside a cooler and place the lid on top, it should keep the drive cold enough, long enough, to recover what you need
     
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    The ONLY time I've seen a clicking hard drive was in '99. A customer brought their computer in for a Best Buy Technician to look at. I asked him what happened and he said he got angry and kicked his case when he couldn't beat Sin. The Clicking is bad sectors.
     
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    this worked for me once. i've had many drives go bad on me in the last decade.
    also, the freezer trick is a seems to kill drives. so if you do it, be prepared to grab all the data off the drive as quickly as possible. i'm guessing that the condensation of the drive warming up kills it

    most of the time when i deal with a dead drive, it will spin up. however the head will track to a certain area of the platter and then go back to the resting position. it will do this over an over. then it will give up.

    one time i dealt with a laptop drive that had been dropped. it kept trying to spin up. i opened it up and saw that the head had scratched the platter and was stuck. i bent the head a little and moved it back the the starting position. i was able to get off a couple of things from the drive. probably 30% was trashed though
     
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    I have one that clicks. Dont use it, its been in a box for a couple years
     
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    Is it possible to create a "clean room" in your house and actually be able to use it, or is there more to it then i think?
     
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    forget the clean room. i just bent the arm that holds the drive head and then put the cover back on and pulled off a few things

    i ran hdtune and spinrite afterwards just to see how bad the drive was. within hdtune it showed a huge chunk of the drive as bad sectors
     
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    Problem is, dust will kill the drive, so will an contamination like hair or fuzz. I wouldnt turn a whole room into a clean room, i would make a Plexiglas box thats air tight
     

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