Storage forum

General discussion

Dead internal HDs

by Mike_Hanks / February 21, 2010 6:32 AM PST

I have several internal HDs that are "dead. The oldest one might be about 8 years old. There is nothing on them that I need, but I would like to see if there is anything that I might want. (previous versions of drafts, unedited copies of older photos etc).

What are the chances of me being able to physically take the actual disk out and putting it into a working HD?

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Dead internal HDs
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Dead internal HDs
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Nearly zero.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 21, 2010 6:46 AM PST
In reply to: Dead internal HDs

The recovery houses do that but use specialized rooms and equipment.

Collapse -
by Mike_Hanks / February 21, 2010 8:01 AM PST
In reply to: Nearly zero.

My Cheeto dust covered fingers would not be good?
I didn't think the chances were good, but thanks !!

Collapse -
Considering there's nothing on them you need, seems like
by VAPCMD / February 21, 2010 8:01 AM PST
In reply to: Dead internal HDs

a challenging but frustrating and fruitless pursuit.

Unless you have the equipment ... working spare parts and use of a 'clean room' to perform the disassembly and reassembly .... you're chances of getting them working never mind data accessing the data would appear poor at best.


Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

Does BMW or Volvo do it best?

Pint-size luxury and funky style

Shopping for a new car this weekend? See how the BMW X2 stacks up against the Volvo XC40 in our side-by-side comparison.