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    Re: Help me recover my children pics on my (dying) external HDD!

    Quote Originally Posted by |{urse View Post
    Who knows besides the op? Did the op maybe have an installation on another partition of this enclosed drive? At any rate the external drive will need to be disassembled and installed as a secondary internal. Data recovery via usb speeds would be slow at best.
    Windows (If that is what the user is running) can't be installed to an External drive.

    The use case you are talking about is less than .1%
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    Re: Help me recover my children pics on my (dying) external HDD!

    All I'm saying is that perhaps the drive wasn't always an external drive. Less than .1%? I see it all the time at work when people purchase enclosures and install the hard drive from their previous computer in it. Then they come in with the "OMG HALP!" when the enclosed drive starts dying. So I always run that just in case. Hope this guy gets all his stuff. Does anyone know of a program like recuva for ext3 or 4?
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    Re: Help me recover my children pics on my (dying) external HDD!

    If you have no other option than forensic computer co..
    Could try..
    Find another working HDD of the exact same model & size..
    Swap the logic PCB over.

    Most of the recent Seagate click/ticking problems were a firmware crash. Seagate was replacing logic PCB &/or rebootloading the firmware & returning the HDD (intact) to customer.
    I had one done in Singapore free of charge. All data was fine.

    It's a long shot but could work..

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    Re: Help me recover my children pics on my (dying) external HDD!

    Thanks everyone for your posts.

    I followed your tips about the freezer and my drive is currently sitting in my freezer, waiting for me to grab it again.

    Since I dual boot, I guess I could use Recuva under Windows 7. But I'd rather move everything over to my Ubuntu partition so I'll try a simple copy/paste and see how much data I can pull off the drive before I have to put it back in the freezer again.

    I'll keep you guys posted.
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    Re: Help me recover my children pics on my (dying) external HDD!

    Well, the deep freeze was not enough and the HDD didin't want to cooperate. All I got were some alarming crackling and rattling sounds and then nothing.

    The drive can't even be detected by Ubuntu or Windows.

    Do you think a computer professional could help? If so, how?
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    Re: Help me recover my children pics on my (dying) external HDD!

    had a friend with a 1TB external HDD,
    with all his stuff to, and he knocked it over one day..
    Tried to plug it in, and all he got was "tick tick tick".. and no data.
    He still has the drive.. but no data.
    Seagate told him they could "try" to recover it for a lot of $$$$,
    but not promising anything. lol

    I have spinrite6, maybe I should have him try that when I see him again.
    Didnt know about the freezer trick..

    OP, I can shoot you a *possibly* helpful email if you want to shoot me a PM.

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    Re: Help me recover my children pics on my (dying) external HDD!

    Electronic crackling/rattling or mechanical rattling?

    If it sounds like it might be mechanical, then consider taking the case apart and looking for the loose screw or whatever. Probably won't help to take the actual drive mechanism apart, they're sealed now and opening them won't really help.
    Help stamp out MBR partition tables. Use GPT instead!

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    Re: Help me recover my children pics on my (dying) external HDD!

    Unfortunately, I would'nt like to say it but the device is completely useless, I had the same issue 2 years ago, I ended up by tossing it. There is one solution which is pricey, the disks should be fixed in some unusual ways.

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    Re: Help me recover my children pics on my (dying) external HDD!

    You need to take the drive to a professional restoration service. It's going to cost $hundreds, though. Do a Google search or even, heaven forbid, look in your local Yellow Pages under data recovery.

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    Re: Help me recover my children pics on my (dying) external HDD!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rasa1111 View Post

    OP, I can shoot you a *possibly* helpful email if you want to shoot me a PM.

    Good luck man.
    We'll do, thanks.
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