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Subject: Re: Dead drive, resurrection!!!
From: [IDC]Dragon (idc-dragon_at_gmx.de)
> The head had not parked, and seemed to be stuck on the platter. After a
> little persuasion, the heads landed home, and the platter was free..
Stuck disks may get free if the drive is twisted with rapid acceleration
aroud the spindle axis. If this doesn't help, you can try to slap the edge
of the drive against something rigid, in a direction you suspect the heads
to go outward.
> You'll need a T5 Torx driver to get into the platter cavity.
> Oh, remember to work in a dust-free environment, and blow out and small
> particals you find with an "air-only" aerosol can or a hair-dryer set
> to its cold setting, before closing the cover.
Uhh, don't try this at home with a drive you want to carry on using. What
you call dust-free is orders of magnitude away from a real cleanroom, and
the omnipresent dust through the hairdryer must feel like a hailstorm to the
I'm glad you recovered your data, this is what the exercise is good for, but
don't expect reliability or lifetime from that disk.
The headcrash has certainly damaged the surface, with micro-debries now
flying around, causing more damage over time. There is a filter in
rotational direction, meant to capture the worst.
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