Help needed - none working HD.....

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

  1. jbrown macrumors 6502a

    jbrown

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    Hi

    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

    spinnerlys

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    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.

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

    mulo

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    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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