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HELP!!! DROPPED MY EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by core2kid, Sep 4, 2007.

  1. core2kid

    core2kid Regular member

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    I have a IBM 20GB laptop hard drive in an external case. I just picked it up and it slipped from my hand and the drive fell, while in its case on a carpeted floor from about 4 feet. Right after that I plugged it in and it started clicking. At the end of the day by dropping it on purpose from 6 inches and shakeing it, it spins up now fine with no clicking and I can hear the heads moving and the drive seeking but my computers don't recognize it. Is the drive broken or is the external case damaged? PLZ HELP!!! I just scanned the drive before I dropped it and IT HAD NO BAD SECTORS!!!! I NEED THIS DRIVE!!!!
     
  2. Waymon3X6

    Waymon3X6 Regular member

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    sorry man, but it sounds like your HDD is dead... I dont know any way to fix this, maybe someone else can help. I really dont think you can fix this though...
     
  3. core2kid

    core2kid Regular member

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    Any other opinions on what has happened to my drive? Thankfully it was just formatted, so It's a blank drive with no data on it.
     
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    abuzar1 Active member

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    Yeah the heads probably came into contact with the platters when you dropped it. I don't think it can be fixed. Is it still under warranty?
     
  5. core2kid

    core2kid Regular member

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    It was manufactured in July 2002 and its a 20GB IBM Travelstar. I don't know if its under warranty. And can the heads still make contact with the platters when the drive is off?
     
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    no, it wouldn't be under warranty.

    when the drive is off, yes, damage can be done, but it's not as severe as when the drive is on.
     
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    I think after a hard drive clicks it's either dead or dying. So you might be screwed. 20GB drives are extremely cheap these days so it might not be too hard to just buy a new one.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152501

    Here's a nice 40GB with good reviews and a decent price. If you can afford it I think it might make a good replacement.

    But might be possible to repair the drive still. Try running a long scan with Seatools for DOS. Look up how to use it.

    Seatools just recently repaired one of my hard drives after an "unmountable_boot_volume" error.
     
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    core2kid Regular member

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    Im gonna try it in a laptop because I think the enclosure is screwed up. I put in a 4.2 GB drive that I know spins up but has bad sectors and it just clicks. but if i do buy a new one, which I might not because this was one of my spares, I would get a 200GB SATA notebook drive for my new laptop (C2D @ 2.0GHZ, 2GB RAM, ATIx1400,120GB,DVD Burner, Bluetooth, wireless, remote, Inspiron E1505)

    This is a good drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822144378
     
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  9. Estuansis

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    I really doubt it's the enclosure buddy. If the hard drive was clicking then you dropped it again to fix it... it's definitely damaged.

    The Scorpios can give mixed results. I recommend a Toshiba or Seagate drive if you can get one. Try to avoid Hitachi and IBM though. Their drives have a pretty high failure rate.
     
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    core2kid Regular member

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    How are the Toshiba Notebook 120GB SATA hard drives? The one in my E1505 Failed with only 1 bad sector (I replaced it under warranty)
     
  11. Estuansis

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    I think they are actually pretty great. My sister has one in her laptop and it has worked fast and problem-free for about a year now :p
     
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    core2kid Regular member

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    I got my Toshiba one that failed replaced with a Fujistu. Are those good?
     
  13. Estuansis

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    I'm not too sure about Fujitsu. I've never seen them used or had experience with their other products.
     
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    another thing about the drive I dropped. If i put a known Bad Hitachi 4.2 GB hard drive in the enclosure it clicks and the LED flashes red and green at the same time, if I put in the IBM, the one I dropped, it just clicks but the LED stays green as though the drive is working? any suggestions? And also, the Fujistu drive I have runs very cool, about 45 C in my laptop
     
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    Some just don't report errors without diagnostic programs.

    I remember a Western Digital Caviar I had for a long time that worked perfectly but showed up with about 30 errors in a test.
     
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    Thanks for the replies, I am gonna try it out in a laptop and if it doesnt work, I might look into an other one. Instead of a HD, I might get a desktop HD (160GB) and 2GB RAM (OCZ @ 800MHz) to upgrade my XPS. I'll post back with the hard drive results
     
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    Sounds like a plan dude! :p
     
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    and I had a WD drive that from new refused to create a master table for an operating system. Works flawlessly as a slave drive, but put an OS on it and it throws a wobbly and corrupts the files!
     
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    lol.
     
  20. Estuansis

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    Had that with my first Seagate Barracuda 160GB... it ran fine for a month and then the boot.ini was corrupted and I couldn't get it to support an OS.

    It works well as an external storage unit though.
     

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