[NBLUG/talk] Reviving a dead hard drive
argonaut at softhome.net
Sun Feb 8 20:36:01 PST 2004
Tim Preston wrote on Sun, 08 Feb 2004 20:04:25 -0800:
> One of the other lists I am on just went through this...
> Freezing, suck out the air in a zip loc bag
> Physical shock, along the line of the platters
> Spin test, hold the drive in your hand and twist the drive as
> you power up the system.
> If the drive spins up, freezing could solve a bad chip problem.
> If the drive won't or is slow to spin up (Sticktion), freezing,
> physical shock, spin test can break the platters loose.
Ooh, good. More stuff to try. Thanks.
> pass it on...
Well, hopefully that's what we're doing on this list.
> Andrew wrote:
> > It appears that the hard drive in my sister's iMac has gone
> > belly-up. But before I flush it down the toilet, I'd like to
> > try to pull some data off of it... if I can manage to
> > temporarily resuscitate it. Anybody have any experience
> > breathing a little life into dead drives? Any tricks I might
> > try?
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