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Subject: Re: Dead drive, resurrection!!!
From: Glenn Ervin at Home (
Date: 2004-08-03

Can someone open up a desktop size hard drive and have hopes of making it
work again?
I have an 80 GB which I lost much data from when it crashed. If there is a
hope of opening it and making it work, please let me know off list.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Abdul-Khaliq Nathekar" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, August 02, 2004 9:22 AM
Subject: Dead drive, resurrection!!!


After getting the CF-IDE adapter working, I decided to find out what caused
the hitachi drive to fail (stoped spinning).

I had no way of checking the controller board, so went straight for the
platter and heads.

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..

I've now managed to get all my files back , error-free. I feel a full
format of the drive coming on, and a surface test... Just in case!

So, those with a similar fault, you may want to give it a go!!

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.

Good luck




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