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Cat in the Dog house! Broken Hard Drive repair?

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7y, 1w agoPosted 7 years, 1 week ago
The norty, norty cat is DEFINITELY in the dog house! ..... She 'oh so innocently' NOT!....Jumped up on to the table and started to insinuate that she needed some TLC... Or more than likely - food... And in the midst of her inane meiowing and purring thought it would be a good idea to rub her silly belly over the computer speakers........

...Whilst this wouldn't normally be too much of an issue, this particular morning I was engrossed in reading Cat-urday posts from Rappy and other HOT deals and just happened to have my Hard Drive on the floor.... (I was upgrading the memory so the hard drive was outside of the computer case...)

So... What happens next?

PUSS crashes not just my speaker, BUT as it landed on the top of my Hard Drive - she has crashed that too!!!

So, I now have a broken speaker, and a broken hard drive with all of my music and Itunes and heaven only knows what else on it....

Basically, whilst the hard drive is still spinning as it were, the PC can't read it, or wahtever insofar as it is making a clicking noise. I suspect that as the speaked fell on it from about 4 foot, it has ??? Dented it? Not sure - but ... Other than the over expensive PC World, does anybody else have any 'cunning plans' for fixing a Hard Drive that has had a bit of an accident?

Thanks for any suggestions, and sorry for my musings.......

My fur is standing on end just THINKING about what I have possibly lost on the Hard Drive....... Needless to say the 'mouse' is still very much alive and kicking!
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7y, 1w agoPosted 7 years, 1 week ago
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banned#1
Shoot the cat

They are all evil anyway
#2
What happens when you plug the hard drive into the PC,
#3
ROFL!!! ^^^^^ They are soooo funny!!!!

When I plug the Hard Drive in it spins, as in it fires up, but the computer doesn't recognise it, or whatever you call it.. Erm, there is no question that the bits and bobs are still on it, I suspect that as the speaker fell on it, it has somehow broken a link or ?? Electrical bit? I really don't know? It can't be too serious surely?

Confused cat owner - puss is in for it!!!!
#4
put catnip in the washing machine
#5
If it's clicking you're usually screwed. Could be that it's underpowered though... I'd unplug everything and check all the cables then power up. Good luck!
#6
Alfonse
put catnip in the washing machine


Leave the door open?
#7
[email protected];7054883
Leave the door open?

ROFL!!!!:-D
#8
[email protected];7054879
If it's clicking you're usually screwed. Could be that it's underpowered though... I'd unplug everything and check all the cables then power up. Good luck!

Oh don't say that Puuuuuurrrrr-lease!!!!???:? I hope not.....

So, it could be a trip to the over expensive PC World then??:oops:
#9
jellybaby22;7054694
:shock:

noooooooooo
forgive the cat....or rather except that it was your fault in the first place....:p
TThe amount of money my cat has cost me.....brand new sofa..reduced to shreds in days.....new carpet ripped...wallpaper ripped off walls....:p

We have soooo much in common on that front!
#10
[email protected]
Leave the door open?


oh yeah
1 Like #11
Some years ago I had a similar problem with my son's drive. All his Uni data was on it. As mentioned earlier, if the drive is clicking abnormally you are probably out of luck. If it sounds normal ther is a chance.

The drive consists of two parts 1. the physical drive which spins internally 2. The circuit board. If you can buy an identical drive somewhere, unscew the circuit board and swap it with yours.

When I did this with a WD drive it worked and my son's grin was as wide as the Mersey. :-D
Good luck.
#12
Doid;7055368
Some years ago I had a similar problem with my son's drive. All his Uni data was on it. As mentioned earlier, if the drive is clicking abnormally you are probably out of luck. If it sounds normal ther is a chance.

The drive consists of two parts 1. the physical drive which spins internally 2. The circuit board. If you can buy an identical drive somewhere, unscew the circuit board and swap it with yours.
What a fantastic idea!!!!!

THANSK SOOOO MUCH!!!;-)
When I did this with a WD drive it worked and my son's grin was as wide as the Mersey. :-D
Good luck.
#13
Thanks. Incidentally, the drive was still under warranty but had I sent it back they would have erased the data. hence the lateral thinking.
#14
To be honest its likely to be physically damaged ie the heads have touched the platters. If the drive was turned on when the speaker hit it the impact force will have likely forced the heads onto the platter - which unfortunately causes irreparable damage (data-recovery is a very costly repair...). If the circuit board is damaged its more than likely you wouldn't have the drive spinning\head actuators moving at all.
banned#15
[QUOTE=jellybaby22;7054694TThe amount of money my cat has cost me.....brand new sofa..reduced to shreds in days.....new carpet ripped...wallpaper ripped off walls....:p[/QUOTE]

should be pushing up daisies by now
#16
No backup. No sympathy
#17
cloudthecat
Oh don't say that Puuuuuurrrrr-lease!!!!???:? I hope not.....

So, it could be a trip to the over expensive PC World then??:oops:


Don't go to PC World - they'll prob charge you and not help! Idiots most of them!

Call your local friendly IT geek - if they can't get it working with normal stuff then work out how much the data is worth and call a recovery company (Google)... if it's iTunes stuff can't you just download again?
#18
[email protected];7056355
Don't go to PC World - they'll prob charge you and not help! Idiots most of them!

Call your local friendly IT geek - if they can't get it working with normal stuff then work out how much the data is worth and call a recovery company (Google)... if it's iTunes stuff can't you just download again?

Yes, I think you may be right there.... PC World... mmmm, me not like the thought of that!!!
I wonder if there are some places on-line that you could send it off too? No doubt a quick google for data recovery should bring up a few bits and bobs...

ITunes, yes, I can download it again, and at worst it means having to import all of my CDs again - I guess it was the programmes and docs as much as anything else... But hey ho! That cat is sooooooo gonna get it!!!! :p
#19
JayBird;7056244
No backup. No sympathy

Thanks for your constructive input.
There was no request for any sympathy either.
#20
jah128;7055572
To be honest its likely to be physically damaged ie the heads have touched the platters. If the drive was turned on when the speaker hit it the impact force will have likely forced the heads onto the platter - which unfortunately causes irreparable damage (data-recovery is a very costly repair...). If the circuit board is damaged its more than likely you wouldn't have the drive spinning\head actuators moving at all.

Thats an interesting thought....... I am gonna have to find a techie shop me finks! :whistling:
#21
If you go down the data recovery route, i.e. sending off to a company that will take the platters out of that drive and read the data off them is very expensive. We had to do it last year and it cost us over £1000.

When you get sorted, look into a RAID 5 setup
#22
JayBird;7056480
If you go down the data recovery route, i.e. sending off to a company that will take the platters out of that drive and read the data off them is very expensive. We had to do it last year and it cost us over £1000.

When you get sorted, look into a RAID 5 setup


For an external hard disc? Doesn't really make much sense....
#23
JayBird;7056480
If you go down the data recovery route, i.e. sending off to a company that will take the platters out of that drive and read the data off them is very expensive. We had to do it last year and it cost us over £1000.

When you get sorted, look into a RAID 5 setup

Holey carp!!!!

Thats A LOT of money!!!

Hmmmm....... What does RAID 5 mean??

Sorry......:?
#24
:p
jellybaby22;7056905
:cry:
nooooo


they are my babies......

BLESS!!! xxxx
#25
cloudthecat;7058862
Holey carp!!!!

Thats A LOT of money!!!

Hmmmm....... What does RAID 5 mean??

Sorry......:?


Hard-drive recovery is really, really expensive - so much so that unless the data is truly invaluable and irreplacable I wouldn't consider it.

RAID 5 is a way of creating an array of drives so that if one fails data is not lost. You need a number of drives (ideally identical) and a RAID controller (lots of desktop PC motherboards have a RAID controller integrated, although not that many offer Raid 5). Its not a bad way to protect from certain types of hard-drive failure - but not really suited to external drives, and a similar incident to yours (eg your cat pushes over your computer with all the drives in) could easily take out more than one drive. Neither does it do away with the need to backup - losing a harddrive is the best way to teach yourself the importance of this though!

If its a desktop PC you have, its worth considering opening the external caddy, inspecting the drive and trying it as an internal drive - but by the sounds of it I reckon the drive is lost. :-(
#26
jah128
.....but not really suited to external drives,


It isn't?

http://www.dabs.com/products/drobo-4-bay-fw800-and-usb-2-0-storage-array-599L.html



jah128
and a similar incident to yours (eg your cat pushes over your computer with all the drives in) could easily take out more than one drive.

Very true, but a cat would need to be as strong as Arnie to move my RADI5 NAS:-([/QUOTE]
#27


Thats £270 without any drives! You could build a complete computer with a RAID 5 card and 4 drives for that! I guess technically it is an external hard-disc, but its not really what springs to mind when that phrase is said! Besides - very few machines have FW800 and USB 2.0 has much slower throughput than a modern RAID 5 array (or single hard disc for the matter) is capable of...

And as before if you place all your eggs in one basket, or hard-drives in one box, if the basket/box gets dropped or knocked there is a good chance that more than one will break - having multiple backups is always better than a single RAID!
#28
Indeed.

I use Time Machine (OS X) for my important backup stuff, then i use a RAID 5 server that gives me a little security for my semi-important stuff (movies etc) i.e. id like to keep that stuff if a drive breaks, but if the whole thing went, it aint the end of the world.

I nearly lost 7 years worth of family photos last year, so im pretty religious about my backups these days :) Time Machine is a god send. Hour incremental backups without having to touch a thing.

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