posted on Sep, 30 2013 @ 12:45 PM
Hi peeps, I've had a 160GB SATA 3.5" hard drive pack up on me and need some help with possible solutions as to how to recover data.
I've done some investigating (yup, had it in bits) and determined it is a failure of the read/write arm(s) which keep returning to their start
position without reaching the outer edge of the disk, it's repeatedly banging it's head on a brick wall so to speak. This is either from worn parts
or a control/circuit failure me thinks.
Here's the dilemma...I have an identical size and make of disk and was wondering if it is possible to swop the 3 stacked platters from the knackered
drive into the good one to recover the date. Or is something like volume information, disk I.D. and boot sectors etc going to prevent me doing so?
Anyone ever tried this or have any other suggestions.
Not CRITICAL data lost but some artwork that took ages to create, so not the end of the world and even though it was a system disk, I am obviously
back up and running after a new XP install on an older drive.
Thankfully, I use another disk for the REALLY important stuff....phew!
Cheers in advance for any help.