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18-06-2004, 12:25 AM
My hard disk was recently damaged by some unseen force. Together will all my data. Would anyone know if there is any remote possibility that I could retrieve my data? And who could do it? Would appreciate your input.

Thks and Regards.

18-06-2004, 12:51 AM
Try IBM/ Mesiniaga, if they have a service on data recovery. I use to own a RM20,000, 1975, electronic wordprocessor (can u imagine that!) that used this massive 8" diskette thing:)

I had over 300 such huge floppies, that required conversion to the 5 1/4" and the 3 inch disks format we now use. God knows how they did it, but wow.

Alexius Lim
18-06-2004, 02:07 AM
Have you tried slaving it to another harddisk ?

I had my last HDD kaput and used a USB to USB Laplink for transfer of data only... I cud lend you my USB laplink cable if you want... Call Robertec for my hp number...


18-06-2004, 10:17 AM
Thks folks. Allow me to clarify a bit further. My hard disk is from my desktop and I absolutely couldnt access my hard disk. Would that little bit of extra info help?

Thks again.

18-06-2004, 01:36 PM
I have a small tip but no guarantee it will work. If your hard drive has failed because of mechanical reasons, one way to salvage it temporarily is to put the HD in the fridge overnight to cool it down. Then put it back in your PC and quickly copy over all the important files over to another hard disk or burn then or whatever... I have seen it work on many many occasions much to my bewilderment! Hope that helps!

18-06-2004, 02:25 PM
When you said your hd is damage, meaning you cannot turn your pc at all right? and since we are not sure what is the problem (maybe virus or hd bad sector), the best way to do is take out your hd and bring it your friend's place and connect to his pc (primary-slave or secondary connection), then try to see if you can access to your hd. If can, just backup your data in his pc temporary until you solve your problem.

Or maybe use a boot disk to start your pc.

Or you still can turn on your pc, loading windows like normal, but no more data inside?

20-06-2004, 06:03 PM
Thks so much for the input. The problem is Chang connected my hard disk to his pc, but it just cannot even detect my hard disk! It looks like the circuit board is completely kaput! Bad huh?

Looks like only some kind of 'surgery' can salvage my data. Otherwise, it's just got to be a case of terminal history! Sad lah...all my years of archiving for usj.com since the day we started...gone. In a flash...!

20-06-2004, 06:24 PM
Sorry to hear about your hard disk. Computers have a habit of dying at unexpected times. For important data it is better to have a back-up. I do mine onto a CD (low-tech) about once a month.

21-06-2004, 09:13 AM
Just for the record and the curiosity of the people who tried to help -

I checked Patrick's harddisk over the weekend. When it was connected to my PC as a slave-drive, my PC refused to startup. I found out that Patrick's PC suffered a short-circuit recently. My conclusion is that the short-circuit had damaged the circuit board attached to the harddisk. Thus this faulty circuitry affected my PC's bootup as the PC was unable to complete the bootup process due to a faulty circuit board on the slave-drive.

There is a possibility that the harddisk in intact. However, without a functional circuit board, there is no way to access data on the harddisk. What Patrick is hoping for is that someone knows of a service to extract data from his harddisk. Perhaps someone can swap the circuit board and make it operable? Apart from that, are there professional services to probe a damaged harddisk in Malaysia?

21-06-2004, 09:39 AM
Maybe u can try to contact the maker of the HDD. If they cannot help, they will recommend a third party service to you. Also, if ur HDD is still under warranty, u can get a replacement.

21-06-2004, 11:03 AM
Warranty is only for manufacturing defects. Does not cover short-circuit or zapped by lightning.

21-06-2004, 11:21 AM
Came across this ad some times back .. not sure whether this guy can help : http://data-recovery.netfirms.com/

p/s: I neither have any relationship nor use his service before .

21-06-2004, 12:31 PM
Agree that warranty does not cover short-circuit or lightning zapped, but sometime they do not check. :D

Mine got zapped, but i told them i dont know what happened. And they replaced with a new one, no question ask. ...:D

21-06-2004, 01:26 PM
The issue here is not whether the harddisk can be replaced but rather if there is a way to recover the data when the harddisk's circuit board is dysfunctional.

22-06-2004, 03:27 PM
Sorry for can't offer much help, infact this is the first time I heard about this thing...hdd circuit board kaput!

22-06-2004, 09:24 PM
xt900 ...thks for trying anyway. Any effort is always appreciated. It's really frustrating but I guess I just have to live with this setback.