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I have a HITACHI Deskstar (this one) 1TB drive. I think I broke the circuit board while unplugging it. When I plugged it back in, my BIOS no longer detects it. I tried it in another computer, which also failed to detect it (after a slight hang while trying to do so during POST).

I'm wondering if there's any way I can recover the data from it (without paying one of those data recovery services thousands of dollars). For example, if I bought another drive of the exact same make/model, could I swap the magnetic disks? I have another drive I can transfer the data to, so if both disks end up dead after the process, that's fine; I just care about the data.


EDIT: turns out the drive isn't totally dead... While the BIOS will hang at boot time, if I hot-plug it once Windows is started, it works fine (note I wasn't trying to boot from it). So if anyone else is having a drive failure try that. I have no idea why it would be (consistently) doing that, but at least it's working.

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Have you tried placing the disk in a USB enclosure to see if it get detected? – mike G Jun 23 '11 at 20:50
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Data recovery is not thousands.

Its $499 for up to 3TB


Same make and model drive may not have the same PCB, they have to be an exact match.



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OK awesome; thanks! I'll try the PCB thing. – Robert Fraser Jun 23 '11 at 21:15

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