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Dead Hard Drive! Data Recovery?!?

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Any people out there with any suggestions? There seems to be a pin
broken on this drive rendering it unuseable! I need the data from it!

HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please!

Steve says:

Wear anti static protection and try bridging the gap.... But I don't really know. Hope it works out

20th Jul 2006, 23:30

Euphro says:

Looks like two are gone. You could get someone handy with a soldering iron to fix them. Data recovery works (we've used it a couple of times at work) but it is a bit pricey (about £300 per drive, which was quite competitive).

20th Jul 2006, 23:31

goode says:

would just souldering them up work? i guess it's worth a shot.... £300 is a lot! buth there is so much sentimental value to this drive! Music, Pictures, Documents! :(

Aw man, i want to cry!

20th Jul 2006, 23:34

Steve says:

Put some kind of croc clip either side to act as a heat sync if you do

20th Jul 2006, 23:36

Joe says:

I'd personally have a go at soldering it myself....not sure how you'd feel about doing that, but as Euphro says it would be no problem for a data recovery company...it's just gonna cost ya.

20th Jul 2006, 23:36

Steve says:

What happened?

20th Jul 2006, 23:38

goode says:

i've got a bit of a shake, and i got a poor grade in my thechy clases at school! Scares me a little! :(

20th Jul 2006, 23:38

Euphro says:

Soldering would work, but make sure you attach the correct connector to the PCB. I can see what looks like a connector bent behind the PCB (immediately below the top of the "1" on the label). It probably connects to the solder point to the right on the PCB. The obviously bent connector most likely attaches to the solder point on the left. You may be able to bend the black plastic "female" part of the main drive cable connection down gently to retrieve the hidden connector. Be very careful if you do this, because it seem likely from the damage that some flexing of this part caused the problem in the first place.

20th Jul 2006, 23:39

goode says:

not actually sure how or when it happened! this drive has been out for a while so i guess it's possible it's had a knock?! it's just bad luck that it was this drive and not my old 4gb drive with win98 on it, Arghh!!

20th Jul 2006, 23:40

Steve says:

Bad luck

20th Jul 2006, 23:41

goode says:

DSCF2802HiRes Image for a better look only 1 connector seems to be boinked... but it's getting it straightened again!?

20th Jul 2006, 23:43

Euphro says:

Because the problem is not internal, i.e. a motor spindle bearing or something like that, a suitable skilled electronics person could patch it well enough for you to retrieve your data. Do you know anyone in an electronics lab?

20th Jul 2006, 23:44

Euphro says:

Yes, from the close-up it seems clear that only one connector has become detached. The other solder point is still convex, so has never been soldered to. I retract what I wrote earlier about flexing, you are right, it looks like it got a knock.

20th Jul 2006, 23:46

goode says:

nope, i'm not really up on that "circuit" so to speak! I like what the Sheep said! pretending i can do! I might take it to the uni for someone studying such a subject and give them a tenner to fix it!?

20th Jul 2006, 23:47

Joe says:

definitely 2 connectors gone there....not an easy one...

20th Jul 2006, 23:47

Euphro says:

Do you think there are two, Joe? To me, the right hand solder point looks like it has never been touched. The one with the detached connector has a clear groove in it where the connector has lifted.

20th Jul 2006, 23:49

Euphro says:

If you look here there is a gap without a connector, so I think that only one pin is gone. That makes a repair quite a bit easier.

20th Jul 2006, 23:52

goode says:

moblog.co.uk/view.php?id=175088

seems on most drives there is usually a gap! so hopefully only one broken! it's still a bugger!

20th Jul 2006, 23:55

Euphro says:

You could poke it gently with a tweezers and see how much spring there is in it. It may be possible to push it back down into place well enough to remake the circuit. However, it would probably be best to find the person who will fix it for a tenner. You must know plenty of sound engineers :)

20th Jul 2006, 23:58

goode says:

i know a few people who dable, i'll need to phone around! or email.. or something! Thanks guys i appreciate the support!

Now off to stress about fixing it!

21st Jul 2006, 00:05

goode says:

I was always a bit of a space junkie!

currently i have 450gb in two SATA drives

and 160 in ATA100 on the go....

21st Jul 2006, 00:25

seaneeboy says:

I have an image of my head of you with a soldering iron in one hand and the drive carefully laid out, with McGhandi behind you about to burst a big paper bag...

21st Jul 2006, 16:19

goode says:

you're right... he's like that!

21st Jul 2006, 16:21