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    Can I recover a crashed hard drive?

    I've had a Maxtor 120gb hdd for about 5 years now. I have a ton of information that is priceless (pictures, conversations, old papers I wrote) on it. The hard drive is done for and the needle just moves back and forth (not scratches) the platters and makes a loud clicking noise.

    My question is... Is there a way I can take the platter out of the one maxtor hdd and put it into another one and get that information back? Is there a speciality shop that does hard drive recovery like that?

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    sure their are places that do this, but its generally like 5 grand +

    u sure the platters just sit their and do nothing?

    If bios can see it and windows can see it, maybe you can use a recovery program to just copy the data off.

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    The bios read it and the platters spin but the bios also give an incorrect reading.

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    You might be able to swap parts with another IDENTICAL drive.
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    i've heard that you can try freezing the thing to get at your data one last time, beyond that their are some software tools (the good ones are expensive) that might work, and then there's the data recovery places with like 85% success rate. You might, I say might, buy another drive of the exact same model and open it up and switch out the platters if you don't want to spend the money to get the data from a professional. There is a possibility that this will work, but it should be a last resort.

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    I was thinking about swaping the parts because I have the same maxtor hdd that's only like 10gb.

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    NO NO NO!!! It must be the IDENTICAL drive!!!
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    I've heard with ibooks if they crash, you just hook them up firewire to a mac desktop... i can't see how this helps, but i hope you get your stuff man.
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    here is a link
    with a few suggestions as to get you on the road to recovery. Yes, the Freezing method is mentioned

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