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#1 BeNiNuK



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Posted 02 October 2004 - 12:57 AM

my dad turned my power off at the switch yesterday and it was off for about 5 mins, came back in l8r that night turned my pc on, noticed it was going slow, went into bios and noticed only 2 of my hard drives was detecting, and my 120gig Western digital wasnt, i ave tried it on diffrerent pcs and it wont detect. Does any 1 kno how i can recover the information from this drive cos it had lots of information that was needed on. PLEASE PLEASE HELP!!

thanks ben

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Posted 02 October 2004 - 02:48 AM

If its not detecting the drive in the BIOS then i think your going to be out of luck. I would recommend taking out all the other hard disks and drives then just put in your 120GB, set it to master and see if the BIOS will detect it.
Once you've detected the drive getting the data off isnt too much of a difficult chore provided it isnt totally ruined.
Good luck.

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Posted 02 October 2004 - 02:55 AM

Can you hear if it is spinning if not my sugestion is to find the electronic board from the another same disk, and replace it ofcourse if platers inside are not damaged

#4 BeNiNuK



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Posted 03 October 2004 - 02:11 AM

yeha it sounds like there is no power in the disk. cos u cant hear it working like u can with my others

#5 ninar12



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Posted 03 October 2004 - 05:28 AM

is it a raid system ?

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Posted 03 October 2004 - 09:55 AM

no Western Digital IDE 7200rpm

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 06:55 PM

old thread yes ... but out of curiosity... i thought i would add this to it... as first i thought it was a wind up ...till i read

as a last resort have you tried to freeze it.... WHAT you might say ?

some say it works... look at these links

PLACE it in an AIR tight plastic bag before you put it in the freeze..if you try this


am a skeptic about this...but if all else fails..and its NOT reading from any machine and you tried absolute everything under the sun ...what have you got to lose...

and read this PDF

Freeze it
From: mpicpu
If this drive isn't spinning up, putting it in the freezer for about an hour will usually get the
drive spinning again so you can copy needed files before the drive warms up again.

The first
thing you want to do is run a disk utility like Norton disk doctor or wddiag (if it's a western
digital drive) to verify whether the drive is working mechanically or not. If it is a master boot
record problem, sometimes running Fdisk/mbr will correct the problem.

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#8 AnnexPaul



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Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:14 PM

If the data present in the harddisk is very important use data recovery software to take all your data back. website will help you in getting your data recovered.