Help needed - none working HD.....

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jbrown, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. jbrown macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2002

    My girlfriends HD failed the other day, with a lot of her portfolio pictures.
    She has a new HD and the computers working fine.

    My question is this - on a simplistic level, could transfering the failed HD platters to a new enclosure work as a means to retrieve the info.

    So if I buy I cheap working drive of same size/manufacturer - say 20 gig.

    Take it apart and remove it's platters. Then replace them with her failed disk's platters ( 160 gig ). Would I stand any chance of retrieving the data?

    I really can't afford the £600 ish I'm being quoted to get it done professionaly.

    cheers all.
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Do you have access to a Cleanroom, because opening the HDD case will expose the platters to dirt, which will damage them quite well once the platters start spinning again and the read/write head touches the platters.


    Does the old HDD not spin at all? Not even in an external enclosure?
  3. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    as the above mentions it can ruin the drive if it gets just the slightest dirty.
    there are companies that does this for you, just google "data recovery services"

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