Computer People I need help! (hard drive crash)

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Linas, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. Linas


    Jan 6, 2005
    So, the other day i decided to finally put my hard drive in its right place. It was just kinda tucked into the case, but not in a slot. When i went to go move my HD, it touched my slave HD and it sparked and my computer crashed. Now it wont boot. For now i have my second hard drive hooked up, the rest of the computer works fine. Is there any way i can recover the data that was on my hard drive?
  2. Sounds like bad juju to me man. There is a chance that you can recover *some* of the data. You need to take it to a local repair shop that does data recovery. Don't get your hopes up though. Most likely it is deader than a door nail.
  3. Also.

    Never again should you try to move or touch the inside of a PC while it is plugged in and powered on.

    Your lucky it was the HD that shorted out and not you!
  4. Transverz

    Transverz believer of the Low End Theory

    May 3, 2004
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sorry to hear that. Of all the computers I've ever built or even dropped and had the hard drive been dragged around, this has never happened. Probably the exposed chips touched a metal part and shorted.

    Anyway, I'm not sure if you are saying that you can use your slave/second hard drive to boot your computer or not. If so, see if you can hook your former primary drive as the second hdd now. Chances are you already tried this and it still doesn't work. If so, does it even spin? Does it at least get recognized by your BIOS or during the post? If it doesn't, and you just can't get it to recognize, you might have to bring it to a data recovery service place. They are usually expensive though so unless it is critical data or really sentimental stuff, it's probably not worth it. Call your local place and get a quote. Hope it doesn't come to that.

    But just FYI, the data is likely still there though. Data can even be recovered when a physical crash happens like when the heads come into contact with the spinning disk. So if it can't be DIY recovered, chances are good a service can recover the data...if your budget is big enough (call for quote though).

    Best of luck!
  5. Okay, I've never had to try this myself (thank god) but it has worked for quite a few people. Put your HD in a ziplock bag and throw it into the freezer overnight. Then see if it works the next day.
  6. jive1

    jive1 Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
  7. Transverz

    Transverz believer of the Low End Theory

    May 3, 2004
    Los Angeles, CA
    Hehe, the ol' Nintendo cartridge trick, eh? I used to blow into the cartridge through my t-shirt too. Or insert the cartridge until you reach the ledge and then slam down on it. Strangely enough, it'd work more often than not!

    People do report success with this freezer method with hard drives when dealing with soft errors or clicking noises. If this is the case, why not try it, but from what I read, it doesn't work for very long. Just long enough maybe to extract some data or make some images. But if the hard drive sparked, shorted, and doesn't even spin up, I don't think the freezer trick will do much. Oh, and don't forget the ziplock to prevent condensation, don't fire it up when its still frozen, and don't mistake it for an Eggo!
  8. BetterBottomEnd

    BetterBottomEnd <- Not me I just like looking at her

    Jan 9, 2007
    Cable Wi
    Freezer isn't going to do anything for that drive. The freezer can help drives with a mechanical failure by shrinking the metal parts and letting the spin freely long enough to recover some data. Chances are a rather expensive data recovery service is the only option for that drive. You probably shorted a controller chip or something of that nature on the drive. They can pull the platters out in a controlled sterile environment and recover the data for them but its not really something you can do at home.
  9. RWP


    Jul 1, 2006
    Once I had luck swapping the board on a drive that failed. From what you describe the problem is more than likely on the electronics board. But, you have to have another identical drive to give this a try.

    Drive reclamation services are expensive! Good luck.
  10. Linas


    Jan 6, 2005
    Well thats a bummer. There wasnt anything too important on the drive other than some stuff i wrote for school, a ton of music, and some pictures. Oh well... i guess the best thing i can do is see if hitachi will warantee this. :oops::bawl: