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Hammer 1 TB USB external; 8 hours use, computer fails to recognize; grinding sounds also. Can I recover the media? Answered

Have two identical Hammer 1 TB units; initially, worked wells, decent speed.  After loading about 300gb on one, it failed to be recognized by my desktop.  Given the price, I am considering opening it, going into the Toshiba HD inside and swapping the media to the second Hammer drive that functions well.  Any tips, advice, prior experience on media swap on Toshiba HD's?  Suggestions, screams, humor, all are welcome!

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Willard2.0
Willard2.0

9 years ago

The grinding noise is usually made by the armature contacting the platters. I's letting you know that bad things are happening inside the case, and you have a very limited time frame to get your data.

I suggest putting the entire drive, case and all, in the freezer overnight. The idea is to shrink the metal a tiny amount to allow it to read properly. Leave the drive in the freezer and run the cables out to your computer/laptop.  Plug it in and hope for the best.  If it works, copy data in 50gb chunks, waiting a few hours in between for the drive to cool down again.  I have successfully recovered most of a 1tb drive that was acting similar to yours using the freezer trick.  It crapped out with about 100gb left.

If the freezer trick doesn't work, try taking the Toshiba HDD out of the case and connecting it directly to the motherboard inside your computer (assuming your computer supports SATA).  That will eliminate the USB controller which may or may not have failed. 

I would not swap the HDD to the other external drive case, you would be risking the other drive as well.

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thegeeke
thegeeke

Answer 9 years ago

+1... after working in a data recovery lab for the US government... that method seems rather crude, but it probably has the best chance of success on a consumer budget. Maybe next time he will remember to backup his data! :)

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lemonie
lemonie

9 years ago

You think that the controller-hardware has failed*, so logically removing it and replacing with the other will give you a drive that works.
Yes, but you may end up with two drives that don't work.

L

*Not necessarily the case.

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rickharris
rickharris

9 years ago

My inclination is to say the H drive is dead and gone (grinding noise)

By swapping the media you mean exchanging the actual platters?

If so then it is very unlikely you will get either to work again. Setting up calls for astronomical luck or specific test equipment. Not to mention dust.

Swapping the HD from on enclosure to the other isn't likely to do much if the HD is dead.

If the data is IMPORTANT to you back up to at least 2 locations. Incremental backup to 3 locations is better still.