Discussion in 'Technical' started by HK_User, Oct 30, 2017.
Just want to upgrade a bit.
please dont buy anythin from Seagate
backblaze likes HGST a division of WD
plus 3.5in drives are better
why are ya lookin at 2.5in?
My Seagate 1TB just died last week. It has power, drive spins, but either the USB port crapped or the boot sectors of the drive are corrupted. Only two years old and rarely used. drive holds the back-up for my laptop, and all of my family photographs.
What do you want for it? or maybe just Postage... i will use it, if for Postage...
I want to break it out of the housing and connect it to the HD serial connector on my desk top motherboard to see if I can get into it that way. The pictures on the drive go back to when I was a youngster (scanned from slides and prints that no longer exist), same with the wife. There are also videos of our family on the drive. Wasn't smart to put everything into one basket!
a well vetted data recovery company might be able to recover the data however it can cost $2,000 to $3,000
2.5 in drives are bad news
3.5 in HDDs are better but still
If this is an external drive in an enclosure, which is what it sounds like, I have recovered all 4 that "died" by ripping them open, disconnecting the crappy little PCB and connecting a dedicated cable. The PCBs are chintzy and do not last. There is a fairly good chance that the drive is still fine or at least in good enough shape to get data off of out of the case.
That being said, make sure it can be removed and that its a standard drive plugged into an adapter. I have a Toshiba drive that is integrated into the USB 3.0 controller and can't be disassembled like the typical external drives can... so I keep nothing on it that isn't backed up elsewhere.
Like others have said there is a good chance you can recover the info by connecting it directly. I hope you have other copies of your files especially the family photos. That's why I finally broke down and bought a NAS several years ago. I rotate one HDD out once per month and keep all my important files there including software images and license keys .
I run WD 3.5s on my machines, and never had issues. Normally the Baracuda drives are fine, it's the sata connector that buggers up. In rare cases, the power connector goes bad. Unless you really need the storage, i would switch to SSD, and be done with it. Run a 120g as a boot drive and a few 480g or 6g as storage! Never have seen an SSD go bad.
Yes, it is very possible that you might be able to recover your data. I have done it many times. I would imagine the interface electronics went bad which is what happens to about 90% of them. It really is worth a few dollars to pull the drive out and get an interface cable and plug it in. You might be surprised. I certainly wouldn't try any company until you try. Also, if it is any consolation to you, I believe your drive is still under warranty and they will send you a new one.
Several years ago, the HD on my laptop died. I bought an identical HD off ebay for like $5 or so. Made sure it worked. Then very carefully and cleanly opened each drive, moved the disks from my dead drive to the eBay drive and reassembled. Connected an ebay Sata to USB cable to it and it fired up. It was real slow but i was able recover everything and move to other media.
It wasn’t worth $2000 to recover the data but was worth a few bucks and a couple hours with a crap shoot attempt that ultimately worked.
OK, I have a drive that I need to recover, was in a laptop, took it out and put it in a external case, usb, but no luck, what is this interface cable you all are talking about, haven't tried an exact same drive and swapping the electronics yet., but that sounds promising.
It is the 40 pin IDE serial "Ribbon" cable within your desktop or tower PC that connects the HD to the Motherboard.
I wasn't talking about the cable but the interface itself. So, you put the raw drive (only the drive) into an external case and the pins matched up? Did any lights come on? I was talking about something like this (see link) but I don't know what type of drive you have. But, if your external case matches up and provides power then that should have worked. Drives do fail but mostly when they are bumped, dropped or something to cause the head to touch the plate, most the time it is all the other electronics that fail. I have only had one disk drive fail me in my career that I can remember and, strange enough, it was a 1 TB Seagate Barracuda (which Seagate replaced) but had 2 others that ran perfectly for years until I dumped them...in fact, I think they are still running.
@snake6264 must have meant to say 1TB to 4TB
yeah but if was no relevant to the conversation anyway so I deleted
40 pin has all but disappeared
we have a yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge stack of failed drives plus we have drive data on hundreds of drives over a really long period of time
however backblaze has reliability data for tens of thousands of drives
2017 Hard Drive Reliability By Manufacturer and Model
google has even more drives than backblaze ..
Now that's worth the price of admission.
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