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#1 Loadingue

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 14:42

Can it be fixed?

 

What should it cost?

 

Can its content be salvaged?

 

How can I foresee it?

 

How can I prevent it/delay it?

 

You guys have properly been there too, I just want to make sure I do what I can to get its content back for CampZone.


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#2 Cyrill Jones

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 16:13

  • It probably cant be fixed.
  • The data COULD be recovered but will be expensive.
  • You can foresee it to an extent with the age of the drive - 1 year is pretty youngand 3 years is pretty old
  • You can delay it by buying better brands

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#3 Loadingue

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 16:40

Okay, this one was over 2 years old. What brands do you recommend? This one was Seagate, but I've had some problems with it, would probably not buy again.

 

Also, alternatives to external drives, if any?


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#4 Cyrill Jones

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 16:55

Western Digital is the usual go to brand for HDDs I think.


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Posted 20 July 2015 - 16:56

Try Recuva.



#6 Psycix

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 17:17

Also, alternatives to external drives, if any?

Cloud storage.


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#7 Loadingue

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 17:21

Okay, I'll look for these.

 

Cloud storage is great for back-up, but I'd prefer something I have access to without internet.


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Posted 20 July 2015 - 17:23

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#9 Loadingue

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 17:28

Pffft. Me? Never. Ridiculous.


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#10 Blackheart

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 17:37

Do some research, I spent a day attempting to salvage a corrupt HDD; managed to do it in the end but you may not be so lucky.

 

Also, Seagate are pretty bad imo. 



#11 Hardcore Bob

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 17:41

Pretty much what Cyrill said but whether it can be fixed/salvaged or not greatly depends on the fault.

Like Blackheart said, do some research, run some tests.


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Posted 20 July 2015 - 21:55

If its a fault of the enclosure the drive sits in, its likely you can recover the data on the drive, as there is nothing special about the drives in them, there just standard SATA HDD's, if the HDD itself is fucked, then you just lost all your data.

 

Try pulling the Drive out of the enclosure and connect it to your machines internal SATA headers. If it works, just buy another enclosure. If it dosen't, buy a new drive.


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#13 Loadingue

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Posted 21 July 2015 - 04:52

Thank you all in this thread for your input.
 
Now I feel that I can sleep better at night, because I possess more knowledge regarding HDDs. And through that knowledge, my being grows saner, smarter and healthier.
 
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Posted 21 July 2015 - 07:18

No problem, for the TL;DR, Drive had the click of doom, buy Western Digital Drivers, as Seagate are still suffering with shit QC.


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Posted 25 July 2015 - 02:15

If its a fault of the enclosure the drive sits in, its likely you can recover the data on the drive, as there is nothing special about the drives in them, there just standard SATA HDD's, if the HDD itself is fucked, then you just lost all your data.

 

Try pulling the Drive out of the enclosure and connect it to your machines internal SATA headers. If it works, just buy another enclosure. If it dosen't, buy a new drive.

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I know for a fact you had the exact same external HDD I had, the USB<->Sata controller died within 6 months and all I did was take it out of the enclosure, she's been chooching without problems ever since.

 

Does the blue light on the enclosure turn on when you power it?



#16 Loadingue

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 20:23

Does the blue light on the enclosure turn on when you power it?


It doesn't anymore. It just clicks.
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