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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-18-2007, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Well Im pretty sure my notebook crapped out. A blue screen came up about dumping data. Now when I start it up there is a clicking sound and the message in top left corner, no operating system. Sounds like the hard drive is toast.

I was looking for a new notebook but it there anyway to recover info on this P.C.?




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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-18-2007, 11:57 AM
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drive is prolly toast.

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old wives tales about letting the machine cool down (24 hrs), possibly sticking the HD in the fridge for a while, giving the hd itself a little *tap* a couple of times to unstick things... may or may not work and may actually make things worse.

I've had each one work at some point in the past with various machines and get enough life to make a decent copy of the drive before it shat itself again... other times, nothing worked. It's unfortunately a crap shoot.

If the cheap routes don't work, you can always fork out 5 grand (yes.. 5 grand) for a data recovery place to physically take the HD apart and pt the platters into another unit and recover the data.

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Yeah... just wanted to back up recent itunes purchases for the next pc and some tax returns but I know quicken can provide copies. It was really hot when it went down so I might try a few things to get it going.

I think I am going to order the Dell XPS.




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old wives tales about letting the machine cool down (24 hrs), possibly sticking the HD in the fridge for a while, giving the hd itself a little *tap* a couple of times to unstick things... may or may not work and may actually make things worse.

I've had each one work at some point in the past with various machines and get enough life to make a decent copy of the drive before it shat itself again... other times, nothing worked. It's unfortunately a crap shoot.

If the cheap routes don't work, you can always fork out 5 grand (yes.. 5 grand) for a data recovery place to physically take the HD apart and pt the platters into another unit and recover the data.
Ditto. Those all have worked for me, but rarely.

Data recovery has come down in price though. now it's typically $1000 just to look at it, and price goes up from there. I've had data recovery agencies return 90+% data for less then $1700 in the past couple years. So it's not as bad.

CHI, if you get a new laptop, I might buy that carcas of the old laptop offa you. I have a project where I need to gut a laptop, so I'm looking for machines that may work with some little effort.

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I have an HDD regeration program that will fix errors on a low level (you have to boot to a floppy). I also have a copy of Bart PE (like Windows PE) that you could use to try to recover data from the HDD.

I also have a kill disk program you can run to completely wipe the disk before you give to someone else.

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