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Old 01-10-2017, 05:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I accumulated a few drives that are damaged. unreadable in windows etc

are there any tools I can buy on ebay to do more than basic troubleshooting and repair?
I was reading that HD repair shops have some special hardware they use with the diagnostic port or something like that.

are those available online to buy?
my dad send me 3 dead drives and I have 3-4 dead of my own that I stored to possibly get files from when I have time. now I have time and wanted to get it all done at once.
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Default Re: hard drive repair tools?

Boot off of a Linux LiveCD (such as Ubuntu) and try and recover the files that way. I've had more luck in reading files off of drives that are full of bad sectors / corruption issues in Linux than Windows, due to how it tries to read drives.

Bad sectors = physical damage, so there's no "fixing" them; just marking the bad sectors as bad, but bad sectors can spread. The best utility I've found for trying to repair bad drives (after recovering the data already of course) is SpinRite:
https://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm
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Default Re: hard drive repair tools?

what about that service plug on the hard drives?
is that more effective?
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You'd need special hardware/software to interact with that.
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Default Re: hard drive repair tools?

that's what I was asking about. is that expensive?
will that give me more chances at retrieving the info?
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Default Re: hard drive repair tools?

The best chance at recovering data is by taking it to a Data Recovery company/specialist, which is usually $500+ per drive.

The Linux LiveCD method is what works 85% of the time for me, especially if it's just bad sectors. If it's a borked partition table, that's easily repairable as well.

The specialty hardware/software needed may be expensive - didn't find any prices.
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