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Old 08-20-2007, 10:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My terabyte external harddrive is clicking and it crashed. I put it in the freezer to get my data off of it but now I actually need to fix it. Its clicking... my brother accidentally knocked it over so theres a piece of metal thats just not sitting right anymore. Is is safe to open a hard drive and manually try to fix it? Or should I just find a way to keep it frozen whenever I use it?
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Old 08-20-2007, 11:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 1T external hard drive crash!

Even if you try to open up the HDD, you won't be able to. The manufacturer's created a customized screw which, I'm thinking, only they have the tool to open it up. Are you able to set the external HDD to work as your master HDD?
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Old 08-20-2007, 11:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Even if you could open it you would ruin it. You cant get any dust inside hard drives or there toast. There is a program called spinrite from Steve Gibson.
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why are you freezing it?
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because apparently, freezing a hard drive will sometimes make it work again.
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Old 08-21-2007, 09:06 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Freezing it will allow you to recover the data off the drive for several minutes.. until it warms up again. It contracts the plates inside back to their original position.
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Will spinrite actually make the disk run without the click?
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