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vid
12th June 2007, 12:59 AM
I have recently posted various things about this in other threads, BUT I am having a bit more of an issue so I thought I would start a new topic.

To summarize:
My Powerbook HDD started "acting up" and within a short space of time wouldn't boot and seemed to be "kaput"
I was annoyed because I couldn't get ALL the data off of it, BUT I had backed up a week ago so wasn't at the stage of making a noose for myself!
I bought and installed a new HDD and then began the process of installing the necessary applications and copying the files from my external HDD.
The main problem arose when for some reason I can't find ALL of my emails (sent/received etc) and then the worst thing my HUGE amount of email addresses all categorized in various ways have disappeared !

This may sound like a totally ignorant question BUT I imagine the actual DISK from the old HDD has the data on it but the "other bits" around the disk are what is stopping it working, is there a way of taking this apart and putting it into another new or 2nd hand "casing" so I can recover my data?
Thanks, Vid

toholio
12th June 2007, 01:14 AM
This may sound like a totally ignorant question BUT I imagine the actual DISK from the old HDD has the data on it but the "other bits" around the disk are what is stopping it working, is there a way of taking this apart and putting it into another new or 2nd hand "casing" so I can recover my data?


Not really, no. An expert with the right tools might be able to do it but only in a clean-room. The parts are all crammed in very tight and there are some parts, such as the read heads, which are built with incredibly high precision and almost nothing between them and the physical platters. I don't even think there is room for the thin layer of wax that used to coat the platters back in the day. In short, they're not made to be pulled apart.

If the drive is truly "dead" it may be worth a shot but I don't think it will work. Maybe I'm just a negative old grump around 1 am though. :p

samwalk
12th June 2007, 01:34 AM
If the data is really important there are people who specialise in recovering data from dead disks but because the job is so specialised you will pay a premium for their service.

vid
12th June 2007, 09:37 AM
If the data is really important there are people who specialise in recovering data from dead disks but because the job is so specialised you will pay a premium for their service.

Does anyone know who in the Adelaide Metro area does this sort of thing?

nop
12th June 2007, 11:35 AM
G'day,

You might want to try freezing your HD, yes freezing it! The only trick might be getting the data off the drive before it heats up again, you have to be quick...

http://geeksaresexy.blogspot.com/2006/01/freeze-your-hard-drive-to-recover-data.html

Best of luck with it

hawker
12th June 2007, 11:37 AM
a quick google finds this: http://www.technetics.com.au/data_solutions/data_recovery/data_recovery_adelaide.htm

vid
12th June 2007, 01:54 PM
G'day,

You might want to try freezing your HD, yes freezing it! The only trick might be getting the data off the drive before it heats up again, you have to be quick...

http://geeksaresexy.blogspot.com/2006/01/freeze-your-hard-drive-to-recover-data.html

Best of luck with it


a quick google finds this: http://www.technetics.com.au/data_solutions/data_recovery/data_recovery_adelaide.htm

Thanks for your answers guys, I'll try the freezer trick and see how it goes, although I am not in quite as much of a pickle now, I managed (after a lot of stuffing around) to get most of my emails back (bar 1 weeks worth) and all my entourage addresses/preferences/rules/signatures etc, so while I lost those and a weeks worth of other work I am feeling far more calm, if I work on re-doing what I did last week for a few hours each night this week I should be back to square 1.

gehenna
12th June 2007, 02:01 PM
spinrite from www.grc.com. works on mac drives as long as you can put it into an enclosure and connect it to a windows pc. check out the security now podcast, the guy who wrote spinrite is the guy on the podcast, i'd try this software BEFORE freezing it just in case...