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Data Recovery From a Failed Hard Drive - Dropping Method:

Believe it or not a hard drive that is not working can be brought back to life by dropping it. Sometimes the heads stick to the platter causing the drive to lock up during shutdown. If this is the case dropping it can knock them free. This is a temporary fix and should only be used to recover the data, you should copy your data off the drive ASAP. This method should be used last as it can cause permanent damage to the hard drive, it is a last resort in the data recovery process. If the drive is spinning (you will hear it turning) this is not the method to use, this method is best suited for data recovery cases where the drive is not spinning. If the drive is spinning it not physically damaged so it is a problem that should be approached through other methods.

Step 1: Make Sure You Are Prepared to Recover the Data

There is no point in trying to restore the old hard drive if you are not prepared to immediately copy the data off of the failed hard drive. You should have a new hard drive already installed in the computer or have a different computer setup and ready to go. As soon as you hook the old hard drive back up to see if it works you'll have to be ready to start copying the data onto a fresh hard drive.

Step 2: Drop the Drive

Drop the drive onto a flat hard surface from approximately 4"-6" above. You should drop the drive onto the large closed side. If this did not work the first time try it again at a distance of up to 8", you can also try dropping the drive onto each of the four edges.

Step 3: Restore the Files

Place hard drive back into the computer right away as the slave drive and boot it up. If you can access the drive begin recovering the important data right away. If you are able to recover the data using this method the drive will only work for a short period of time and this method usually only works one time. If the drive still does not respond you can try this method again by dropping it for a greater distance or on the sides.

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