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A possible way of getting data off a dying hard disk
Authored by: Panjandrum on Nov 01, '06 01:59:22PM

You know, this reminds me that it has been a long LONG time since I've seen a drive that needed whanged on the side with the handle-end of a screwdriver to get it to spin-up! That used to be one of the greatest little "miracle" fixes. Somewhere along the way the manufacturers must have overcome whatever flaws ultimately led to drives which refused to spin-up.

But count that as another hint. If you've got an old drive that isn't spinning up at all, and upon which is data you would like to have but which isn't really worth paying to get back, plug the drive into an external case, hold the drive itself by the sides (obviously the case needs to have long enough cables for you to do this), and holding the drive flat and securely, give it one nice hard rap on the side with the handle end of a screwdriver (a regular house-hold sized screwdriver, not a tiny electronics screwdriver). If the drive spins-up, sit it down gently and backup your data!

David Butler

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