i was wondering if i could unfuck my drive.
I have 2x pic related (250Gb ide hdd).
I had them both open (DON'T do this).
And now one of them has the click of death and shows as 4227MB in BIOS while the other is fine and operational.
I already tried cooling it down below 0 celsius and hitting it against the table.
Has anyone ever unfucked a drive with these symptoms?
How could this be done? (if possible at all)
Yes, i know, costumer support will say drive recovery company.
I am looking for some unofficial tricks/hacks.
>I had them both open
Why did you do this?
>Yes, i know, costumer support will say drive recovery company.
For good reason: data recovery is 50% super sekrit research, and 50% having a warehouse full of bits of hard drive. You won't know how to fix this, and anyone that does know won't tell you, because they can get you to pay them to instead.
If you really have opened them to the point where you see the disks, you shouldget a special screwdriver that allows you to apply a specific value of torque. Just google it and you will probably be able to fix it.
I use precision flathead screwdrivers for that
It's not dying of age, it is probably a software error, BIOS test says error code 7
yes, i could.
The other drive is just fine,
I don't know about new drives but you can touch the actual disk on old ones and have it working fine when you put it back together.
I'm going to fully disassemble the drive now, maybe i'll find a very stupid hardware problem that can be easily fixed.
>I don't know about new drives but you can touch the actual disk on old ones and have it working fine when you put it back together.
And for at least a couple hours after that. Not even the 18" removables put up with you actually touching the disk. If you were very, very lucky you could get a read off the platter, but the data would have to be so valuable it was worth trashing a drive to get it.
>I'm going to fully disassemble the drive now, maybe i'll find a very stupid hardware problem that can be easily fixed.
I think you'll find it between the screwdriver and the chair.
HOLY FUCK i found it.
I have disassembled the drive as much as i could, it just a piece of metal and the disks (didn't have small enough screwdrivers for the screws on those).
One of the r/w heads is fucked, one of the two channels is torn.
I'll take a pic in a while.
Maybe i can solder it back together...
Just realised i might sound like a huge troll, disassembling an old IDE and all, but i'm not, just wait for the pic.
Depend on your drive manufacturer and what happened it may be something else than a faulty head.
WD is known for putting the firmware on the disk itself (oh god why?) so if it's making loud clicking noises all the time and you can't see it's correct size anywhere or access the drive, it can be that it somehow can't read the firmware.
I have made a support ticket at WD asking for a replacement head, i hope they won't ask about my warranty...
Costumer support got back at me quite fast.
Apparently my name is YASAR.
They don't sell replacement parts nor can they recommend a reseller.
They asked for the serial number and offered a new unit if mine still has warranty.
The drive is from 2005 so i doubt the warranty, and i have opened it up and destroyed nearly every warranty-void sticker in the progress.
Maybe they'll fall for it, maybe they don't.
Everyone puts the firmware on the disk itself.
Why wouldn't you? What's the point in having firmware if the disk is fucked? Why would you have a big ol' flash chip that you could risk bricking, when you could just have a tiny 1bl that reads the rest of the firmware off the platter?
It's not like it's not got the space.