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Old 10-18-2005, 08:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Came home and the laptop can no longer see the HD. It's grinding away. I'd like to get the info back, but it's not gonna kill me not having it. So I'm wondering if I buy a cheap-o HD and switch platters with the dead one...is there any way that this will work, or are the platters just too fragile to eff with?

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Old 10-18-2005, 09:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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there is no way in hell you can do that. a single speck of dust will render it useless

edit:i'll put it this way. some people have tried tomodify drives by replacing the top with plexiglass so that they can see inside. 90% of the time this fails with a 1gb hdd and a clean room.

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you CAN do it for the right amount of money. You would need a clean room, clean room lab apparel, then xtract the chip from the old HDD to the new HDD from the PCB and THEN it might work. Do a Google for emergency data recovery labs.
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Old 10-18-2005, 09:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Sounds like a pretty definitive answer to me. Thanks for the posts.
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