recovering data from damaged HD?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by gldelx, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. gldelx macrumors member

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    anyone have experience with getting data off a damaged HD?
    I 'had' an external HD used for my MBP backups and all my photo & media data that fell from an end table onto the hardwood floor. When the power cord was plugged back into the wall, you could hear a definite wobble in the drive and was not recognized by the MBP. I immediately unplugged it and noticed when you move the enclosure you can hear a slight clunk when moving from side to side.
    I tore the enclosure apart and hope to be able to have someone pull the data off the disk itself. Anyone have experience having data recovered from drives with physical damage?
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  2. ayeying macrumors 601

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    if the platters aren't scratched, you can probably recover the data from data recovery companies. If they are, you're out of luck.
     
  3. dilbert4life macrumors regular

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    He is correct.

    Sometimes, however, I have had luck just hooking the external up to a separate computer altogether. Not sure why, but it does work sometimes.

    That being said, if your drive without a doubt has physical damage, I would stop moving it around ASAP, and start making some phone calls to data recovery businesses.:apple:
     

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