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Revive Dead Hard Disk


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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