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Revive Dead Flash Drive


My sandisk microcruzer suddenly stopped lighting up and getting recognized when plugged into any computer. No clue why it suddenly died in less than a year. Any experiences like this? Any resurrections? I'd appreciate help getting back some of the files i have on it.

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Revive A Dead Hard Drive

For about two weeks i was starting the computer and as it ran startup for winxp pro it would crash to a blue screen with errors of a kernal_fault and stated it would dump ram to the hdd, which it never did. After a few restarts the computer was up and running again. Then one day the damn thing just didn't start. It kept rebooting itself over and over again. So i played around with it a little and checked all the cables and power, etc. Then all *** broke loose. I started my computer and while detecting ide drives the computer froze. I restarted many times and it always hung when trying to detect the drive. So, while it was hung i did a little experiment. I unplugged the power to that hdd that was the problem. Bam! It continues on until it realized there was no hdd. I tried this a few times and the same thing happened. So, i thought maybe if i could get another older hdd to load xp then plug in the disk, i might be able to detect the drive and correct errors or something? Anyway, cutting to the chase, 2/3 the way through an xp installation on a very old 6gig hdd the computer crashed to the blue screen with the same sort of message. I tried another installation of xp and the same happened. I am lost now, i have no idea what to do. I am not sure if both hdds are shot or if my memory is corrupt and my main hdd is shot.

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Posted On: 24 August 2005 . View Related Posts . . View 20 Replies .

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My hard disk sort of died today. It's been grinding down for ever, and it eventually kicked it in this morning. It's a 10gb drive sitting in an old ibm pc300gl i use for misc stuff - sometimes for the server, or to do misc jobs like encryption cracking, or whatever. Anyway, it's not so much the drive itself which is important - i could buy a replacement one for probably under $10 - but having the data which i had stored on it is a matter of life or death. I'm too stupid to make regular backups, so there's about three months of work stored on there which i now can't get to, and which i didn't backup anywhere else - stupidly. I've tried just about everything that i know of to try and revive it - freezing it, running a hair-dryer over it, dropping it from about a foot, whacking the crap out of it with the butt of a screwdriver, and a few other weird but useful methods for resurecting drives i've picked up along the way - but it still isn't working. Any more suggestions, anyone? Basically, if i can't recover what i had stored on there, i might as well go and put some concrete boots on lay-by down at the local market. It really is that important. What happens when i try and get it to spin up is. Absolutely nothing. The little light flashes as normal, but the motors don't kick in. It sounds like they start to churn, but then sort of give up after a second or two. Sometimes, the motors will try and start - but then it sounds like the arm that supports the head-readers are just flicking back and forth very fast, making a loud whirring sort of a sound. I've been having this problem for a while whenever i've turned the beast off and then gone to turn it back on, but usually it comes to life after flicking the power switch a few times. I am in desperate need of help here. And i can't afford to send it away to a data-recovery specialist, so don't suggest that.

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This time i can't even check the pendrive out in any manner. As soon as i stick the drive i get a bsod - check out video of me inserting pendrive and getting bsod immediately. Either the bsod, or else my pc just stops responding with the blue circle vista cursor going on forever until i pull the pendrive out - as in other video here. What do you think?

Can i do some checking in some way, avoiding the freezing/bsod'ing, before i contact ocuk? Admit i'm feeling a bit awkward making the 2nd rma for the same object.


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Okay, my friend has an ide 3. 5" western digital wd caviar 205aa 20. 5gb harddrive. Other info on the hard drive is: mfg date 5/19/2000, lba 40079088, model wd205aa-00ana0. She said the computer stopped working after several rounds of electrical surges due to an ice storm this past winter. So i pulled the hard drive, put in another one that i had and it powered up just fine inside the tower. I also have an external ide to usb cable with external power that i've used several times to power hard drives outside the box to move data to another pc by usb (so it works), but on her hdd still no power. I know there are professional services that could recover the data (she really wants/needs the data, but she's not willing to pay what they're asking - one quote was $700). I really think the electronic board on the hdd is probably what is dead. So my question is this. If i found another identical hdd could i possibly pull the electronic board off it and place it on the defective hdd? Anyone ever done this? I've heard of this, but i'm struggling to find any documentation on it. Also, i've heard that the hdd's have to be identical for the electronic boards to match and if that's so, does anyone know what determines "identical"? Is it the model #? I'm asking obviously because i don't have one that's identical laying around, but there's a good chance that i could find one on ebay. A 20gb ide hard drive probably doesn't cost that much so she's willing to give it a try for $20 bucks or so. P. S. I had already froze the hdd in the freezer to see if that would unstick it assuming that it might be stuck and that didn't help either (not sure where i picked up that trick, but it's worked twice for me over the years - this time it didn't help).

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Dvd Rom Drive, Flash Hard Drive Slowing Data Transfer Speed

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Posted On: 16-02-2008, 03:57 AM . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Posted On: August 13th, 2009, 11:35 PM . View Related Posts . . View 12 Replies .

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Posted On: 07-13-2009, 12:58 PM . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

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