Homemade glove box clean room for DIY hard drive repair? Answered
Hard drive data recovery costs hundreds to thousands of dollars, which just isn't worth it for most things.
Sometimes it's possible to fix a dead hard drive by replacing the controller board with one from an identical model (make sure every model number, part number, etc is identical). Some people have success with freezing the hard drive.
If there's a mechanical problem, though, you can't just take the hard drive apart and fix it, since it's very sensitive to even the smallest particles of dust or contamination.
I've heard of people (with not much to lose) taking the drive apart anyway and successfully repairing it, or even adding a plexiglass window and (apparently) using the drive afterward. Somehow I doubt that this one was still usable:
I've heard that you can make a makeshift cleanroom in a bathroom by running a shower for a while to clean all the dust out of the air. It seems like it would be a lot easier to just make a glovebox out of a clear tupperware and create a clean room environment inside it.
Has this been done? What would it take?