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    GPS shot my hard disk to death

    So i got my Holux gps reciever today for my laptop and it was pretty good for a couple of hours. I noticed that the base was magnetic since it stuck onto metal objects. I forgot about this when i placed it near my touch pad right above the hard disk while was clearing some space around my laptop.

    It took less than 30 seconds before my laptop restarted and just froze. Bios does not know my HDD anymore, nor does my usb enclosure on another computer.
    This really sucks cos i bought this hdd less than two months back on ebay. I cant get over the fact that it just DIED!

    I strongly think it was the magnetic base that killed it. Any suggestions ?? Any Hope ?

    Its a samsung MP0402H.

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    A hdd is shielded, and a tiny magnet WON'T damage it. You'd need a huge rare-earth magnet MOVING close to your hdd to possibly induce malfunction.

    Looks like this hdd you bought on ebay was in a near-death condition.

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    gonna have to disagree. I've had a hard drive go out from a 8" woofer magnet that was nearly a foot away.

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    The title sounds like a song, yeah yeah gps shot my hard disk to death

    Ive had damage before to but just some files got corrupted, I forget what kind of magnet got near it

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    I've had a lot of hard disks go bad on me, but i've always heard some noise and some clicking and usually always the bios does recognize it even though it cant read any data. How do i possibly try to get data off this one ?.

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    Clicking is bad. Look for a program called HDD Regenerator though, worked wonders when my brand new Maxtor took a dump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsd212
    Clicking is bad. Look for a program called HDD Regenerator though, worked wonders when my brand new Maxtor took a dump.
    It's also my understanding that the magnet just erases the data. I do not believe that the HDD is hosed. You may have to reinstall everything, which I am sure will be easy for you because you have all the original CD Roms and proper serial numbers, right?

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    I was referring to my other bad desktop hard disks about clicking.

    This Samsung one had no problems at all, best one i ever used. I had a complete bootup in under 25 seconds.
    Now i cant do anything with it if bios doesnt recognize it.

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    damn.... prolly shot from your description..... off you go order another one
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    lol most of yas don't seem to have the biggest clue on the effects of a magnet or the design of harddrives, the only part of the harddrive that has magnets limiting flow of other magnets is by the heads, which it controls the swing of the heads, magnet on top, magnet on bottom in order to cancel eachother out, they are extremely strong magnets as well, now i did accidentally bump my gps magnet ontop of my case by my 2.5" hd, but only for 2 seconds then hoped to hell nothing went wrong, nothing did.
    To describe the reason a magnet would PERMANENTLY harm a harddrive is because the disks are actually consisting of tiny specks of metallic dust TONS of them, the heads charge them and move them to in effect store data, if a magnet does get enough onto it, it'll scatter those particles or pull them off, and there's no way to put em back properly, this is the same effect caused by 'head slap' when you hit a really big bump and the heads that read the drive jump and slap back down on the disk, scattering the particles of dust. Therefore you've lost 1/5 or 1/4 of your HD. check the manufacturer warranty date on it, if it's past, then you're hooped. sorry bud

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