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    Repair a HD?

    Hello everyone

    Anyone ever tried to repair a failed HD. I do not think the HD motor is running?

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    Re: Repair a HD?

    If the thing isn't spinning up there is nothing you can do about it I'm afraid, if you open it up you'd break it for sure.

    One thing you can try is shaking it a bit, don't knock it though. Worked for me once, but only for a few hours.

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    Re: Repair a HD?

    Yes this is possible if you have an identical drive. It's possible to disconnect the platter from the drive electronics. I've only ever tried it with absolutely identical disks, and it's worked both times.

    Not for the faint hearted though, and you will invalidate you warranty on both drives.

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    Re: Repair a HD?

    You could also try the freezer of phonebook options as well if you feeling desperate

    Freezer technique = Place in a sealed bag in the freezer for a few hours, take out and leave somewhere for a day or so until you are sure any possible condensation has taken place and evaporated.

    Phonebook = Place drive between 2 telephone directories and give it a few hard whacks.

    They are last-ditch techniques though
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    Re: Repair a HD?

    Quote Originally Posted by b0redom View Post
    Yes this is possible if you have an identical drive. It's possible to disconnect the platter from the drive electronics. I've only ever tried it with absolutely identical disks, and it's worked both times.

    Not for the faint hearted though, and you will invalidate you warranty on both drives.
    That generally won't fix a busted motor.

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    Re: Repair a HD?

    It will allow it to spin up if its the controller that is bust rather than the motor though

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    Re: Repair a HD?

    Is there critical data on it? If not, it's almost certainly best to just chuck it and get a 2nd one. Drives are pretty cheap nowadays. If there is critical data on it, it will be recoverable, but the companies doing it charge a fair bit....

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    Re: Repair a HD?

    Thank you everyone for the fast replies. There is nothing on it that I can remember that is vital, but I thought I would have a stab at it, just for fun!

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    Re: Repair a HD?

    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post

    Freezer technique = Place in a sealed bag in the freezer for a few hours, take out and leave somewhere for a day or so until you are sure any possible condensation has taken place and evaporated.
    Don't leave it for a day or so, that defeats the object of putting it in the freezer!

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