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PC hard drive trouble


I have a hard drive that refuses to boot - i dropped it accidently, and it keeps make a clicking sound and i cant access its content.

Is there any trick i could try?

Or a shop in BXL where i might get it repaired?



I've had dealt with more than enough dead hard drives to tell you the first trick I try that works 99% of the times, specially if you hear the clicking sound---Freeze the hard drive for at least an hour (if one hour doesn't work, leave it  24 hours to freeze), and then remove the hard drive from the freezer, hook it up to the pc (hopefully as a slave drive), and you should be able to recover your data.

And if you don't believe it, here is a link from somebody who did it with pics and all.

That article actually tells you to recover the data....

I can tell you from personal experience that your hard drive might boot up, but chances are that it won't because there might a corrupted sector in the drive.  You have a 50/50 chance of getting it to boot up.  If that's the case, you'll have to attach it as a slave drive and get the data from it.  I've been lucky enough that inmy case the drive runs for hours and i'm able to get all my data from it...but it all depends..


 My second tip is a bit more extreme. Ff the freezing doesn't work, drop the hard drive again on a table or hard surface.  Yes, crazy, but somehow it resets the clickign for enough time to let you recover the data...but if you think that's too dangerous, then take it to a repair place and they might charge you some heave duty euros.

I think there is a place called pc genius (google it), but never used it myself.  Let me know what the charge is.  Data recovery tends to be expensive...

Sep 22, 2011 13:25