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I think I've just killed my HDD!

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My external HDD took a fall from on top of my pc tower. Now my pc won't recognise it at all. I have removed it from its box and hooked it up to the connection I use for my DVD drive...still no joy.

Is there anything I can do besides get someone to recover the data and buy a new HDD?

Is data recovery expensive?

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Hi and welcome to Geeks to Go. Here is some info on data recovery:

Spinrite v6.0 may be a possible solution: http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm

Edited by austin_o, 20 November 2006 - 08:10 AM.

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It depends on what is damaged. If the control board is damaged, you might be able to get another disk of the same type, perhaps needing to be the same firmware level, and try it on your disk. It could also be a connector problem or some other mechanical problem.

Is the disk recognized at all, such as from the setup menu? If not, it is likely the disk control board. The system might not recognize it because it can't see a valid partition table/filesystem, so you need to check it at a lower level.

You might also try the disk maker's diagnostic program. Most are available for free on their web site.
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