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From: Chuck Simmons
Organization: You jest.
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Subject: Re: Hard drive spins with variable speed ... phase damage????
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Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2002 20:47:13 GMT
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Jim Thompson wrote:
> On Tue, 03 Dec 2002 18:06:23 GMT,
> Chuck Simmons ,
> In Newsgroup: sci.electronics.design,
> Article: <3DECF2D1.FD7A4560@webaccess.net>,
> Entitled: "Re: Hard drive spins with variable speed ... phase
> Wrote the following:
> |Jim Thompson wrote:
> |> OFF TOPIC...
> |> I have a 2GB hard-drive whose electronics were toasted due to +12V
> |> being applied to the +5V pin (csensors crap USB adapter).
> |> Anyone know if the data can be extracted from this drive?
> |> Best company for this?
> |> Approximate cost?
> |> Data is not critical... just inconvenient to reconstruct.
> |I don't know what company was used nor do I know the outcome but a
> |vendor we use was having data specific to our project extracted from a
> |defective drive. The quote, if I remember, was about $2000 with no
> |guarantee of success. I can ask, however.
> Chuck, Ask to be sure. But at $2000 I'd better just spend a few days
> going thru reams of backup CD's :-(
The tale goes thus.
- The drive died and words were spoken over it.
- Total Recall http://www.totalrecall.com/ was selected to attempt data
recovery partly because they have a local office here (about 10 miles
from where I'm sitting).
- The initial assesment by Total Recall was that data was probably
recoverable and the cost would be $2400.
- Data recovery was authorized.
- A couple of weeks later, the drive was returned with the bad news that
the data was unrecoverable. There was a no charge envoice with the drive
in this case.
I suspect from the symptoms in this case that there was HDI (commonly
known as a damned head crash). Multiple attempts to run the drive after
failure probably induced extreme surface damage making head flying
impossible not to mention rendering much of the surfaces magnetically
The drive was buried with full ceremony in the garden under a
... The times have been,
That, when the brains were out,
the man would die. ... Macbeth
Chuck Simmons email@example.com
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