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adambcohen

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I am in a bind on this one. I have a wd 20g hard drive and it is not spinning. I put it into a external case and plugged it into my laptop via usb. Everything came up the way it should, but when I went to my computer it was not listed. Then I went to control panel to management and tried to find it that way. No such luck. However, I can see it in device manager under disk drive. That is about it. Oh, when I try to populate in properties for disk drive it tells me that it is unreadable. There has to be a way to do this. Any help that one can give would be great.
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wannabe1

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Hi adambcohen...

If the drive isn't spinning, there's not much you can do with it. All your machine is seeing of this drive is the ID chip on the drive's circuit board.

If I misunderstood your post, please let me know.

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Thank you....That is what I thought. Just out of curiosity, when I connect to the motherboard and check in the bios is it the same principle. That it is showing the ID chip. If that is the case then everything on the hdd is gone correct.
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Yes, the motherboard, and all other devices, contain a chip which will identify it to the machine.

The data on the drive is probably still intact, but to recover it would be a pretty spendy proposition.
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What would you recomend doing at this point. I read that if you put it in the frig that it might work one more time. Have you ever heard that. Or is this a waist of time
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What would you recomend doing at this point. I read that if you put it in the frig that it might work one more time. Have you ever heard that. Or is this a waist of time
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yeah...I've heard of it. I've even tried it, but it has never worked for me. Usually, when a drive won't spin up, it's gone. Might as well give it a try, though...ya never know.
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