Power dead hard disk

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Rick Stirling, Mar 7, 2003.

  1. About 6 months ago my mate bought a new 120GB hard disk, and gave me his old one - a 40GB one.

    Recently it died - just stopped working. Even when I plug nothing but it into the power it refuses to work: power seath.

    Is there any way to fix this, or should I just bin it? It did have a lot of my artwork on it, nothing I'm *THAT* bothered about recovering, but it would be nice.
  2. RaWShadow

    RaWShadow Guest

    bin it.

    If the stuff on it is important you can take it too one of them specialists that can recover your files
  3. Trinity

    Trinity Guest

    I've heard as a last resort to try putting a hard drive in the freezer overnight-about 12 hours, this might only help if parts were seized or stuck together. Probably wouldn't help if the hard drive doesn't seem to be getting any power or isn't even trying to spin-up.
  4. Yeah, bin is the top option, most of the important stuff was backed up on CD or were website that I can download again.

    I think the freezer trick is just for heads that have crashed onto the desk.
  5. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    That freezer idea sound like a bad move to me. Just bin it. Or return it if you still have warranty.
  6. :):):):):)

    Fixed it.

    I was getting ready to chuck it out, and had a look. I tried it on a few different power connectors and noticed a loose pin. The pin had snapped. I firmly pushed it back together, powered up, and it worked.

    I'm copying off all the useful stuff now, then I'll try to solder it. If it works, great, if not at least I have my data.
  7. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    Sweet! I like happy endings. :)
  8. Nick M

    Nick M Moderator

    Yes, and I'm relieved that you didn't have to freeze it, that's just freaky, frightens me you see. Freezing a hard drive to fix it... * runs *