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    "bad" hardrive from 2010. Any new fixes ?

    I have a hardrive with a treasure trove of Thailand trip pics on it that went bad. Computer geeks told me years ago , that it would cost a bit to lift the data out of it.

    But I was wondering if some new product hasn't come out to make this easier. I have another drive that I'm looking at right now. Successfully hooked it up.

    Will post an LB pic later

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    I've got a windows XP computer from the about same year that is totally knackered.
    Kept it because of my pics and vids on it, how I'll retrieve them is a mystery coz it's all zeros and ones when I last fired it up.
    Think lack of memory and storage might have been the issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    I've got a windows XP computer from the about same year that is totally knackered.
    Kept it because of my pics and vids on it, how I'll retrieve them is a mystery coz it's all zeros and ones when I last fired it up.
    Think lack of memory and storage might have been the issue.
    Yeah I just wonder if it's maybe easier and cheaper to fix now.
    For my hardrive , if I get a computer shop to get the data , they will see my dirty lifestyle I guess

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    does it spin

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    does it spin
    I don't think it spins no.

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    I didn't want to fix this hardrive before. The past is past. But I am in full blown nostalgia mode now so I want to see them. There will be some fun stuff to post on here too

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    if it does not spin you are out of luck

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    Buy an identical (working) hardrive and swap the platters from the dead one into it.

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    ^ I agree.

    Preferably get someone who really knows what they are doing. In a dust-free room.

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    When I had a similar problem years back (external) someone suggested to wrap it airtight in a plastic bag, put in freezer, which could give enough minutes of life to lift some data. Well it did, and then went for a dive in Pattaya Bay; there you go sqwiril/monkeyman/other nuts, environmental terrorism.

    Tip: After every blackout I use run Chkdsk; there are probably better yoots now but I was weaned on that. I don't know how it works but a nerd friend told me it checks and notifies the system about bad sectors to prevent it from trying to access them, which can lead to further problems.

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    I'd start by getting an external hd shell to put it in and see if you can read data. I have two different versions of external for old and very old drives. All mine were readable even though I thought they would fail to spin up.

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    Give it to FBI

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    Since it's backspin:

    IT'S BROKEN AND YOU MIGHT AS WELL BIN IT.


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    IT'S BROKEN AND YOU MIGHT AS WELL BIN IT.
    I see you are well versed at customer support...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    I see you are well versed at customer support...
    I offer "special" support to "special" customers. Especially when they have "special" needs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Since it's backspin:

    IT'S BROKEN AND YOU MIGHT AS WELL BIN IT.

    I got some good trip pics on there . So I'm hanging onto it. Have been for 8 years. Maybe 10 years from now , it will be easy

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    Quote Originally Posted by YourDaddy View Post
    Give it to FBI
    Could. Nothing illegal on there. There's no laws against being a sleaze

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