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Back everything up on your hardrive because of this!!!!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by MiLiTARYiV, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. MiLiTARYiV

    MiLiTARYiV Senior Member

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    So uhmm I was replacing my cpu in my laptop , so I had to take my hardrive out. I placed it on the floor, when i got up to grab a beer I stepped on it by accident..(ARGGHHHHHH). But I didnt think nothing of it..

    When I put it back in laptop and turn it on, clicks of death and loud grinding noise...


    ARRGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    My hardrive is finished. All my work,passwords music etc all gone and cant be recovered..

    Word of advice.. Back everything up!

    I feel like jumping off Detroit Canadian bride right now.! If it wasnt for all the Olympic traffic, I might had done it
     
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  2. CoyoteAssassin

    CoyoteAssassin Elite Member

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    It does sound bad. Have you tried running knnopix (linux based OS) just to see what happens? I've had a bad/dead hard drive that would run "good enough" to extract the data.

    Let this be a lesson to all. Drinking and PC repair do not mix...
     
  3. HoNeYBiRD

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    that's sucks man
    im not a computer expert but one time i happened to successfully repair a physically damaged HDD with loud noise, so don't give up, disassemble the b1tch, try to find out what cause the problem, assemble it and see what happens, things couldn't be worse than now
    hopefully you manage to repair it enough to run the chkdsk and back up the data to another HDD
     
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    Sorry mate..
    Use dropbox, its a great program.. which makes you can reach your backups everywhere.
     
  5. MiLiTARYiV

    MiLiTARYiV Senior Member

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    Yea the hardrive is fuckeed. I cant even boot from it nor can bios see the hardrive. I mean its clicking loud and scraping loud..

    I have used some programs like boot cd's , linux etc and some saw the harddrive and some didnt but either could see the data..

    I dunno Im hurt as hell. Guess Im going to have to take a L for this..
     
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    2 things:

    try sticking it in the freezer for a few hours. the low temperature causes some of the mechanical components to contract and it could possibly start working again for a short time

    if your data is worth more than a few hundred bucks, you can bring it to a professional data recovery center and they'll be able to retrieve almost all the data from your hard drive.
     
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    We had similar accident in company I work for. We paid about 400 euros to recover almost everything. Specialized company only. Don't take it to some third grade hardware store, they can brake it more than you did.

    Also, I was going to suggest what tacopalypse said - put it in freezer, but I read somewhere on the net that you have to be quick and copy data soon after removing from fridge, as it's one-time process and mechanics will get hot soon.
     
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    boozing *while* doing tech work???
     
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    That right there is your mistake, bro. Belong on the floor, electronics do not.
     
  11. MiLiTARYiV

    MiLiTARYiV Senior Member

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    I already did the freezer thing and it didnt work. The thing is my harddrive is damaged not really failed or failing. I stepped on the top side of it which is the platters and arm.



    I dont think even professional recovery could help me with this one

    My harddrive is not even being recognize by my computer for most part
     
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    Dude my fucking heart goes out to you... seriously... I can't think of anything more catastrophic than losing all the data in my HD.... I'd be seriously fucked if that happened once again.......

    Yeap, I already had a 1TB hdd die on me 1 year after I bought it. The manufacturer can exchange it but if I want my data back they wanted to charge me 4K (Western Digital)... needless to say I almost puked ....
     
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    This work for me:
    As they tell you Put is on the freezer but I find that was only working a few seconds and didn't give me any time to do nothing, what I did. I have this $20 USB-Laptop hard drive that let you use the hard drive as an external drive.

    I put the hard drive on that and inside a zip lock bag close the freezer door and just the usb cable get out with the help of a laptop and a lot of patience it work.
     
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    I feel your pain. Thousands of hours of download time, hundreds of hours of work - it all went to shit when I took out my 500GB HDD to remove dust from my computer. When I put it back in, it was deader than dead. Nothing has worked.

    There would be a real market niche for durable hard disks that can withstand light impacts of being breathed on - thats essentially all it took to make mine go caput.
     
  15. supermat007

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    DO NOT TURN IT ON EVER AGAIN!, It will make it worse
    DO NOT TAKE IT APART! One small spec of dust gets inside....game over

    Take it to a HDD Repair shop and get them to fix it. It can be done.

    It happened to mine awhile ago, something shorted in my case and the hard drive smoked and went black, it didnt even turn on.

    They take it appart and take the platters out and switch it over to a new case or replace the boards or whatever needs to be done. But it is very expensive.

    For my 200GB drive it was about £300 and thats WITHOUT buying the new drive to transfer the data too. But it was worth it.

    This is why I think RAIDs are a bit gay if they are all in the same machine. If you get robbed or something happens they could ALL go down and its all gone, no matter how many backup drives you got. An external backup / online backup is the best bet.

    ..But yeh, dont panic, just dont turn it on again or take it apart, just leave it and take it down the shop
     
  16. supermat007

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    Solid state hard drives....although they aren't as fast yet I don't think
     
  17. HoNeYBiRD

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    HDD repair shop...hmmm...seems to be a good idea, but if you have very sensitive info on your HDD, if i were you, i won't do that...because call me paranoid but i don't trust anybody :D
     
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    Threads like this gives me cold sweat. I always run a mirror of each hard drive I have using a second hard drive and software called 2ndCopy.
     
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    I thought it was common sense to make atleast one backup of important data?
     
  20. Kid Shaleen

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    I was just getting ready to write that as well.

    So let me add that you should also put it inside a plastic bag or three, with the air sucked out and someting put inside to absorb the moisture.

    I've brought disks back from the grave with the freezer method.

    Also, if you try this method be sure to have your backup media all prepared if you discover the disk is working again. You don't want to have to run to the store and not get back to work for an hour or two when, the disk might not be working anymore.

    Best of luck.