I love hardrive crashes so much

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by slinky0390, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. slinky0390 macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I'm posting from my sidekick because my year old powerbook's hardrive decided to die on me last night just as I was trying to back stuff up so apple could swap drives, so far I have none of my thousands of pictures and hundreds of movies and all of my work for schol..... unless apple can recover stuff from a dead drive, I'm contemplating jumping off a bridge : )... I guess ill be smart this time and make weekly backups...
     
  2. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Stick loads of ice around it (in bowls or cups so when it melts, it doesn't drown your PowerBook). Leave it in some place cold for ages, and then come back a few hours later. Cooling the hard drive right down should allow you to back everything up...
     
  3. toontra macrumors 6502

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    Get the demo of Prosoft's Data Rescue II. Install it on your second machine (if it's a Mac). Start the laptop in target disc mode and see what happens. If your data is visible and available for rescue then you can buy the app. and proceed.

    I managed to rescue 99% of data from a dead hard drive (which wouldn't even mount on the desktop) using this method. I was amazed.

    BTW, the whole process can take many hours (depending on the capacity, speed, etc.)
     
  4. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    If it sounds like the attached file, you have a physical HD crash and more than likely will not be able to recover your data via any method other than sending the HD to a data recovery center where they mount your platters into their recover HDs. At this point do not keep trying to start up your computer. You will only increase the chances of the head ruining the HD platter media. Instead, immediately stop all use of the computer and send the HD to the data recovery folks.

    On the other hand, if your HD is not making sounds like this, or a clicking type sound and is still spinning up, then you may give software recovery programs a shot. It is best to proceed after letting your HD cool down before starting your recovery in this case.

    Good luck!
     

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  5. tsvb macrumors 6502

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    I've heard this as well. Just be very careful!
     
  6. slinky0390 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I'm preparing for the worst.... it was making 4 clicks then cycling, but it gets stuck on the white startup screen, I gave up because I figured I would do more dammage than good... I guess its just a very hard lesson I had to learn. I definatly making backups of all my stuff. The hardest part for me is that I had pictures and movies that I lost, my music is still on my ipod so I can get that off.
     
  7. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    If the data is important to you, stop using the computer, and then contact the HD recovery folks.
     

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