[olug] Local Data Recovery

Aaron Grothe ajgrothe at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 3 02:30:45 CDT 2016

I've had a similar problem in the past.   My solution was to put the drive in a plastic bag in the freezer overnight and then hitting it against the counter to put the innards back in sync.  Worked long enough to run ddrescue and to get my data off the drive.
Good luck.


    On Wednesday, November 2, 2016 7:01 PM, Ben Watson <bwatson1979 at gmail.com> wrote:


Does anyone on the list have any recommendations for a local(ish) data
recovery company that can pull data from a damaged HDD?


My friend/colleague informed me he could no longer access his 2nd HDD in
his machine (his "data drive").  I brought it home and powered it on and
heard (from what I've researched) the "click of death" sound.  You can
definitely hear the armature repeatedly trying to park itself.  No OS
(Windows or Linux) will detect/mount the drive.

In an attempt to cheaply recover the data myself, we purchased two donor
drives from eBay, hoping that the controller board was the issue and that a
swap might save the day.  They are nearly identical to the damaged drive:
same make/model, same site manufacturing code, and similar firmware codes.

I verified the donor drives were in good working order, then one-by-one
tried swapping the controller boards only to hear the same "click of
death".  Thus, I suspect this to be a mechanical problem and I lack the
environment ("clean room") and knowledge to crack the case open and proceed


Please recommend a local(ish) company you have had a positive experience
with first/second hand.  +1 if you can recall pricing, turn-around time,


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