complete hard drive failure ! please help !

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Stuna2150
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ok so my buddy came to me asking whats wrong with his computer.. seems his hard drive was locking up with clicking noise. the same noise my hard drive used to make before it completely failed on me. i was lucky enough that i saved the drive and extracted my data using another computer.. his case is more severe. i tried saying w.e i could from his music (hes a DJ) i got about 4GB of his music saved.. he had a total of around 70GB of music on his hard drive.. the hard drive will not boot and freezes up as soon as you stick it in a computer or external. no matter what i do i cant get anything on the drive to work. does any one know of any way to fix the drive or at least get it running long enough for me to get just the music off ?

This person is in a serious relationship with technology <3

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If that data is as important as you say it is, I would send it to a professional HDD recovery company for them to try and savage back all that data but it's gonna cost you a hefty premium.

Stuna2150
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yes you right it will cost losts of money. we want to avoid that and do it ourself. without cracking the drive open

k1llg0r3
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The platters might be fucked up, then your screwed.

noir2525
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It is very possible to do it ur self and get the data off.

tools need: screw driver, sharpie, rubber gloves, fairly dust free area, ruler or square, and a hard drive of the same model.

warning: will void warranty

Steps
1. take off the hdd cover
2. remove the reader heads
3. now with sharpie and ruler make a small mark on the side of each plater so u can line them up in straight line.
4. basically ur just moving the the platters to another working drive to get the data.
5. take all the platers and spacer off. then move them in the new drive.
6. line up the marks u made with sharpie. and reassemble it in the new hdd
7. put the hdd back together then u can plug it in and get the data.

Note: If ur not tech savvy don't try this. I've done this before and it does work.

There is also a youtube link bellow on how to replace reader head ur self.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul97jWv2PKY&feature=related

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Stuna2150
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wow noir i never thought about that. but i thought that as soon as you break the vacuum seal when popping the lid off that everything become corrupt. im going to see if my friend is willing to try this. will be very interesting.