[SATLUG] Broken Hard Drive

Alan Lesmerises alesmerises at satx.rr.com
Sat Sep 5 19:31:45 CDT 2009

The typical flying height of the read/write heads is only a fraction of 
the size of a typical particle of dust, so contamination is probably the 
biggest risk of opening the drive housing yourself.  The damage that 
could be done if some dust gets inside the drive (and it's a near 
certainty that some will get in there) is the kind that can cause 
physical damage to the surfaces of the platters and/or the heads, making 
the chance of data recovery that much lower.  Unless you have no other 
options, I'd recommend against it.

Al Lesmerises

Richard Suberg wrote:
> 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...
> Richard
> http://www.kevinspitcrew.com
> -----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
> range?
> 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.
> Sam

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