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Posted on 21-11-06 19:07
Hey all,

I was wondering if anyone of you kind people could maybe lead me in the right direction. I have a corrupt harddrive that is just sitting downstairs, and ive been bored lately, can anyone maybe give me some help here on a way to recover the information from the harddrive?

Tips or anything would be much appreciated, or even some links to a tutorial or something if there is one. Thank you in advance

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Posted on 21-11-06 19:18
Stick it in a ziplock, put in freezer overnight, then quickly take out and stick in pc. Will only help it temporarily, long enough to grab files you need.


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Posted on 21-11-06 20:57
please tell me thats a joke....lol


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Posted on 21-11-06 21:16
I'm not, actually.

Google 'harddisk +freezer' if you don't believe me :/

Or jst click here if ur too lazy.


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Posted on 22-11-06 00:39
yea ninja, after posting this and doing some more research i found a bunch of sites saying the same thing. put in zip lock then freeze it over night and with luck you'll temporarily have an operating hard drive. What it does is compress the hard drive, making the data easier to read. pretty neat! Thanks bluemoose


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Posted on 22-11-06 00:44
That is simply, AWESOME! I have never heard of that working, but I have to try it now. :happy:


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Posted on 15-02-07 04:15
It all depends if the hard drive has the power to spin up. One thing that I have learned is that if your drive has no power, chances are it is the controller board on the bottom of the drive. You can easily remove it (usually requires a hex screwdriver) and if you can find another IDENTICAL drive that works, you can exchange them which usually gets your drive to power up (please note: the drives must have identical model numbers). I would honestly recommend the freezer thing, though it will work sometimes, as a last resort as this usually damages the platters of the drive due to moisture...take it from me, I have been doing data recovery for the past 2 years.
There are also many programs out there that will help you get data off a hard drive that has a lot of bad sectors, two of my personal favorites are Active Undelete and OnTrack Data Recovery Professional. If the data is just corrupted, you may find the OnTrack software to work to your benefeit becuase it has the ability to "uncorrupt" MS Office documents and .pst files from Outlook.


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Posted on 15-02-07 07:49
Yes, freezing your HDD could work Smile

If you can start the HDD but can't see any files, use a file recovery program
http://www.download.com/3120-20_4-0.html?tg=dl-20&qt=file%20recovery&tag=srch


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Posted on 15-02-07 08:19
For recovering the data you could also try http://www.diydatarecovery.nl
Stellar's prods are also good..

i've nt had much luck with active undelete and OnTrack...
I've uploaded the file..hope this helps
http://rapidshare. . .y.rar.html

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