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Laptop IDE HDD Crash

By vj1969 ·
Friends, Have a stubborn problem. Laptop HDD would not boot up after making lot of noise(I should not have pushed so far after that)I just care about my personal data. So went with the straight forward approach, got a USB HDD enclosure from MADDOG and connected to desktop having xp home edition. XP recognized the very first time the HDD in the device manager but when i went to the properties and Volume information it had nothing in it. After i tried to reconnect, i see the HDD struggling noise to run but eventually become silent(i no longer able to see in the device manager also under HDD). can i assume the HDD can never be read ever and i am doomed.Please help.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Laptop IDE HDD Crash

By the sound of your description your only alternative is to send it away to one of the Data Recovery Houses and allow then to recover your data if it's that important.

Why didn't you make a Backup when the drive started acting up?

Another possibility here if you have one of the old 2.5 inch drives it's possible that the power requirements for it are greater than the USB Caddy can provide and it has fried the USB Caddy in an attempt to get it running.

But if it's one of the newer ones I would tend to think that the drive has died and there is nothing else to do but to send it away for Data Recovery if the data is really that important.

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by mjd420nova In reply to Laptop IDE HDD Crash

There's a very long list of things you can try
from freezing and warming. Don't try that,
then it'll just be frozen and broke. Send
it to a data recovery if it just won't start again. If it starts again attempt to backup, and if successful, do it again, if not, recovery
is the only hope.

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by pierrejamme In reply to Laptop IDE HDD Crash

While I am a big supported of On Track data Recovery http://www.ontrack.com/ it will cost from $100 to $300 for an anlysis and as much as $2,500 before you are finished. Is you data worth that?
Recently the president of our companyhad a similar experience with a fairly new laptop (Personnally I think they are toys). What I did, and recovered everything important is this:
Bought an adapter to connect Laptop HD to Desktop IDE (about $15) and downloaded a trial copy of Active Undelete (http://www.active-undelete.com/) to see what it could see. It looked promising so I purchased a copy and recovered all of his data.
If you have access to a desktop, give it a try.
Peter

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Sorry that should have been supporter not supported.
I might add that the program Active Undelete is complicated and takes many many hours to complete, but worth the effort.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Laptop IDE HDD Crash

give pierre a cigar!

and...frozen and broke made my day!

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