dead hd

By eltonpiko ·
hi all iv got a big problem ive got a laptop that took a big swim in sea water wile it was on and running i think everyting shorted inside and fried the board and everything the laptop is not importand but is the a way i can retrev the data on the hd its the most important thing as it look i think the harddisk board is dead im thinking if i replace the board you think it might work and can water get insibe the harddrive cause it look prity seald to me.please help me out

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Sea water ingression is the least of your problems ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to dead hd

If as you say, the laptop was powered and running when it wnt in the drink, there would have been an almighty SHORT and with that there would have been an instant denial of power.

At the point that the power stopped, the heads which would've been happily floating on a cushion of air would've instantly crashed onto the surface of the platters, doing untold damage to the magnetic surface.

So, irrespective of whether the hard drive case is waterproof (which I doubt - the little holes that the mounting screws go into aren't waterproof!) the inside of the drive will resemble something akin to a warzone if you are lucky.

You can attempt to swap out the controller board but that's as far as you can go. If that doesn't produce any benefit, you'll have to despatch the drive to a Data Recovery unit for forensic recovery.

Don't forget, this is SEA WATER that we're talking about here - every minute that you swither about what you might or might not do, the corrosive effect of the rock salt is eating further and further into anything that takes it's fancy - including the aluminium platters that form the data surfaces of your hard drive.

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Is there a way you can recover this Data as apposed to getting

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to dead hd

The Data recovered is a different story.

The simple answer is Most Likely no there is no way for you to recover the data personally. You can however send the HDD to a Data recovery Specialist like On Track who can dismantle the HDD and read directly from the platters with their equipment. This comes at a cost however and the more you do now to mess up the Drive the more expensive the recovery will be as whoever you end up sending the drive to will need to spend more time to recover your Data so you get to pay for the extra effort involved.

The only reason I suggest On Track is because of their previous record of successful recovery they are the best that I have ever dealt with and very professional.


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by eltonpiko In reply to Is there a way you can re ...

im from seychelles and to send that drive to on track its gona coast me as much as the recovery it self and the drive might get lost in post i wont be able to go the personaly.i gess im screwd.

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Well if the drive is dead you are

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to recovery

Completely screwed as there is nothing you can do unless you are willing to buy the necessary equipment required to read directly from the platters and house it in a Class 1 Clean Room.

However if the drive works you may like to try one of these programs, But bear in mind that if this data is Important as apposed to just Nice to have then you run the risk of loosing it all.

Here is a short list of the better ones but it is by no means a complete list of all the available software.

While the last 2 are from the same company they are very different products. Win Hex should only be considered for use by someone who knows Hex Inside Out while Davory is a great cheap General Purpose Application.

Personally I prefer the On Track Option but it's anything but cheap. However because I use this type of software a lot it's paid for itself many times over by now, for a cheaper option Spin Rite from Gibson Research or Stella have both very good reputations by other TR members.


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