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Old 03-21-2013, 02:45 PM   #1
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Default How do i get files from a failing hard drive ?

I bought a new hard drive, can i just connect the old,bad hard drive to mobo
and look into it for a few minutes while still using the new hdd ?
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I don't see why not. If your board has free SATA ports, it should work for you.
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Someone told yesterday that putting hard drives in a zip locked bag in a freezer for an hour get them working enough to recover files.
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Thanks! Just Ruined My $400 Solid State HDD!!!
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Default Re: How do i get files from a failing hard drive ?

Don't blame us. If you had read the OP, you'd seen they were referring to a mechanical drive. Not a solid state drive.
As for solid state drives, issues like trying to recover files from it have totally different methods.

And the terminology for solid state drives is SSD while mechanical drives is HDD.
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Default Re: How do i get files from a failing hard drive ?

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Someone told yesterday that putting hard drives in a zip locked bag in a freezer for an hour get them working enough to recover files.
I've used that trick before. Sometimes it works.

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Don't blame us. If you had read the OP, you'd seen they were referring to a mechanical drive. Not a solid state drive.
As for solid state drives, issues like trying to recover files from it have totally different methods.

And the terminology for solid state drives is SSD while mechanical drives is HDD.
I think he was being sarcastic.
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:32 PM   #7
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Default Re: How do i get files from a failing hard drive ?

As originally stated, you should be able to mount your old drive a secondary (slave) drive on the new machine. If it isn't visible at all (i.e. no listing in /dev on linux - I guess device manager on windows??) and you really need to recover your data then I'd recommend getting yourself a copy of spinrite from **Home of Gibson Research Corporation**

It costs $89, but to be honest it is worth every bit - you only need to recover a couple of drives before it pays for itself - and if you use it properly for maintenance then you'll never have to recover a drive again!

FYI - many studies have been done on new drives, and the results show that in the pursuit for ever-increasing density per platter and maximum platters per drive, has left the reliability of HDDs (and Multi-level-cell (MLC) SSDs in fact for those interested) in a dire situation.
New drives are being shipped with numerous sector errors already present, only a full scan through the drive attempting to read the data (i.e. something like spinrite, rather than dban which only erases (overwrites)) will force the disk controller to swap out bad sectors and resolve the condition. Not only that, but new drives are shipped with fewer 'spare' sectors so you won't have as many recoveries from sector errors under normal circumstances.

In summary - new does not equal perfect.
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