Tutorial: How to repair broken hard disk drive and recover your data. Beeping sound or clicking
“Dear friends welcome to another video. Today we will try to fix this broken hard drive. This hard drive was inside my laptop for a year and a half and now it is not working so, suddenly I lost all my work because this hard drive stopped working. It just makes some funny noises and it does not work. I have already sent to in a Data recovery company in Athens and they tried to recover my files with some software tools but they had no luck and they said me that they have to open the hard drive and that the cost would be very high! So I thought that the data in there are not worth the money that they asked me so I left the hard drive aside and I thought that it is completely dead. But after searching in the internet I saw that some people had succeeded to pull their data from broken hard drives like this.
Now, that’s what we will try today. We will try to open this hard drive and get the data from it. Of course then it will be not useful for work in that hard drive because it won’t work for a long time but luckily we are going to recover the files that we need from this hard drive. But first of all let’s hear how it sounds. I will plug it in an external case for hard drives. Let’s see… That’s the sound it makes. Let’s do it again.
I will now plug it in my computer and hear the sound. It seems that it cannot spin correctly. It makes a sound like it is not spinning, so … I think that the head is stuck. and all we have to do is to unstuck it. Let’s try it! In order to open the hard drive case we are going to need a T6 screwdriver. You can find it many places on-line, I will put a link in the description of the video where you can buy it. Let’s start very very carefully. I have removed all 6 screws that were visible and there must be another one that it is invisible and it is under this label and if you remove this screw you warranty is void of course. because that’s why it is in there. Let’s find it. OK, I take it off. That’s the last screw, let’s remove it. OK, all screws are gone. Open it at your own risk. I am not responsible of any data loss that you have.
Very very carefully now… Look, the head is stuck We have to put it back to it’s original position. In order to do that we have to be very careful We have to turn the head counter clockwise it normally turns this way, clockwise, we have to turn it counter clockwise and at the same time moving the head to the right. Let’s do it. OK, i found what screw it is, it is a T5 in my case that we have to use in order to turn this hard drive. OK, very carefully now I am going to use the T5 screw turn it counter clockwise and at the same time I am going to move the head to the right.
That’s it. Let’s close it and try it. We are back in the computer. This time I have connect the hard drive to my Desktop because it is easier to use, and as you can see it is visible in the Windows Explorer but I can’t access it because it says: It is destroyed or it can’t be read. The first time that Windows booted the disk was visible and the files were visible as well. but when I tried to copy the files to my other hard drive the system crashed, because I think of bad sectors in the hard drive, and I had to reboot. The next time I rebooted, the disk is visible but the files can not be seen. But I have found another software in order to recover some of the files of the disk. Let’s see. I have now loaded EaseUs Data Recovery wizard Professional which is a great tool in order to recover files from a hard drive. each time you use your hard drive after you have opened it you loose files, so do this at the first time you open your drive.
I did some other stuff because I didn’t know it, and I have lost some of the files but, if you do that at the first time you open your drive you will have many files available. Now we have to check local disk D: for files and we are going to stop the quick procedure and use the “Deep Scan” instead because we want to find the more files possible. This procedure is very slow. The first time I did it, it took me around 10 hours.
I was able to find most of my files I recovered them, and now this is the second time I do this and I do it on camera to show it to you and that’s why it won’t find as many files as it did in the first time. So, when you open your hard drive use a software like this, you can try it for free find your files if you are satisfied with the results you can buy the software and recover your files.
hours later I have stopped the software from running because it has already found most of my files! Look! These are the hard drive folders. All here. This is the user’s folder and my user name that I was using in the computer. Look, all my data is here. I can click this button here or I can select any folder that I want to recover and I can press recover and you can save it to your hard drive. but you can press recover only if you have bought the software. So let’s look what this software has found by type, look. Let’s see some jpgs. As you can see it has live preview. You can see the thumbnails any of the it.
Recover… That’s it. The file has been successfully recover and its in external hard drive. I can open it and see it. Let now see other types of files it has found. Let’s go to documents and open a pdf file for example. OK, let’s open the BMP180 data-sheet that was in my hard drive. It is now recovered, let’s open it. As you can see it is here fine. It is impressive how easy it is to recover files from a broken hard drive. What else… let’s go Let’s search for some other files I will search for files with extension of .ino for Arduino projects I had. That’s my weather station project… Recover. That’s it. Everything is here intact. Impressive! That’s how easy it is to recover you files by searching, by type, by path everything is here, but of course some file I think will be damaged but most of it is here. The procedure is almost over we have successfully recovered almost all the files If you have some data that are not so valuable but you don’t have anything to loose by damaging your hard drive you can do it at your own risk.
It works, you can see it works I used EaseUs Data Recovery Wizard to recover the data in my damaged hard drive you find the link for the program in the description of the video. You can buy it it costs around 70$ and it works fine as you can see and please be careful with your data recovery.
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