From: Spehro Pefhany
Subject: Re: Hard drive spins with variable speed ... phase damage????
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Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2002 21:09:53 GMT
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On Tue, 03 Dec 2002 16:58:21 GMT, the renowned Jim Thompson
>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?
Yes it can, almost 100% sure.
>Best company for this?
I've used two local companies. They are very good. Like medical
clinics. In both cases they got 100% of the data.
$800-$1K US if they get the data, nothing if they don't, at the
first phase. If they have to get fancy, the cost goes up,
and they want money for the work they put into trying (and
the guarantee is less iron-clad), but a toasted board isn't
fancy. They just jig up a working board from another drive and
grab the data for you. They can copy it onto a new drive so
you can just plug it in and go.
You could try this yourself, but I don't think the
economics are there- finding an identical drive, voiding
the warranty (if any), and if it fails, the cost will be
increased-- like any other repair thing where the owner has
fiddled with it.
>Data is not critical... just inconvenient to reconstruct.
Cheap when you figure it in billable hours, annoying
when you compare to the cost of a new DVD writer and
a spindle of 4.7G disks.
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