On 10/04/07, Andrew Edwards <edwards.andrew(a)gmail.com> wrote:
the drive isn't recognized by the bios, infact when the drive is
the machine.. it wont get to the bios even... however, when power is
applied you get a spool up and it'll try to read, and fail..it
actually needs the ceramic disk ripping out and put in a new drive..
the motor is a bit nackered and i think the read head is done too..
In which case it will have to be done in a proper clean room. Unless
the firm you have tried doesn't actually know this information then
they are either super cheap (rings alarm bells) or they simply do not
know what they are doing. Honestly, every 'reputable' firm I have
ever known who will take on this type of work will charge in the
thousands not the hundreds.
However, in saying that, you could always 'attempt' to do a DIY job.
But, beware!!!! The read write heads on a hard drive are separated by
mere microns from the platters. It really is an ultra delicate job.
Hit that platter even lightly and you may recover any data at all.
That is why the 'reputable' firms charge so much. It is a highly
technical and skilled job.
Don't take it to the tip recycle it via the Freecycle(r) Network.
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