[SATLUG] Broken Hard Drive

Richard Suberg rsuberg at satx.rr.com
Fri Sep 4 21:58:49 CDT 2009

I haven't tried it, but there are a few you-tube videos on how to do your
own data recovery, including taking the covers off and making sure the heads
move, moving the spindles to a new drive, things like that.  But like I
said, I hadn't tried it and it makes me question whether or not the drives
are vacuum sealed or just dust sealed inside.  Might be worth a try if you
are willing to try it and don't have the money to pay someone else to get
the data off...


-----Original Message-----
From: satlug-bounces at satlug.org [mailto:satlug-bounces at satlug.org] On Behalf
Of Samuel Leon
Sent: Saturday, September 05, 2009 5:04 PM
To: The San Antonio Linux User's Group Mailing List
Subject: Re: [SATLUG] Broken Hard Drive

dinger at dingernet.com wrote:
> My dad's hard drive stopped working 2 weeks ago.  I couldn't get it to
> mount with the System Rescue Live CD and wasn't able to use any utilities
> from the Ultimate Boot CD.  He took it to Altex and they couldn't do
> anything with it either.  They gave him the name of a data recovery place
> in Austin and said it would run between $300-$1400 and since they couldn't
> fix it it wouldn't be the $300.
> Anyone know of any alternatives?  Does this sound like the right price

I don't know what the symptoms are but you could try buying a used one 
from ebay with the same model number.  And then you could try and swap 
the controller boards on the bottom out.  Of course this would only work 
if the circuit board is the problem, not if the motor inside is just 
wore out.

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