1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

So my F3 1tb just died and nothing is backed up...

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by Muel, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. Muel

    Mobster

    Joined: Jun 26, 2009

    Posts: 3,026

    Location: Sheffield

    Howdo all, looking for some advice.

    I have two Samsung F3 1tb hdds in my computer, no RAID or anything, just singular drives.

    The newest has W7 installed and is working perfectly still.

    When I have the working one connected, you can hear the discs spin up when you boot it up, but when I only have the broken one connected, it doesn't spin up.

    Typically being a useless student I hadn't backed anything up, but fear not! Nothing that important on there, it only had video on it. Some of it I shot of me on my bikes but I have the edited videos online. Most of it was just telly and films.

    Where do I go from here? I know I'll have to send it back on warranty, (if it's still in it), but how about getting my stuff off it? Not the end of the world if I can't, but it's got over 750gb of stuff on there. I'd rather have it back.

    Cheers!
     
  2. dustofnations

    Hitman

    Joined: Dec 19, 2008

    Posts: 665

    Unless you are willing to fork out a fortune, the chances of you seeing your data again are approaching nil unfortunately. Recovery services are usually only worth considering in cases that extremely important data is present and needs to be recovered at all costs.

    Even then, it is highly dependent on the type of failure. If there has been a severe head-crash then chances are still very poor, versus a simple failed motor which is a relatively simple job comparatively.

    If you are worried they might repair the drive and find videos on it, I wouldn't be too concerned. It is always cheaper for them just to replace it as far as I am aware.
     
  3. Sh4rkie

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Mar 26, 2007

    Posts: 1,434

  4. Scuzzy

    Gangster

    Joined: Aug 30, 2004

    Posts: 476

    Location: Liverpool

    A few peeps on here have used the freezer method !! It all depends on how much you want your data back....

    But this only helps if your getting power to your drive, search the hard drive threads.. For more info
     
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2011
  5. JonJ678

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 22, 2008

    Posts: 10,367

    Location: England

    It's probably a write off. Sending it off for data recovery is likely to be expensive and ineffective. RMA it, and invest the £60 or so in a backup hard drive for next time.
     
  6. DoubleCheese

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 26, 2005

    Posts: 1,479

    You could try Spinrite before you bin it. The site looks like its never been upgraded from Windows 98 era, but its supposed to be good recovery software.
     
  7. Muel

    Mobster

    Joined: Jun 26, 2009

    Posts: 3,026

    Location: Sheffield

    Software won't work yet unfortunately, because the discs don't spin at all.

    Apparantly taking the drive out and physically spinning it left and right can free the discs off, failing that I'll try the freezer method.

    Gonna have a crack when I get in tonight, cheers guys!

    If I get it going I dunno how I'm going to get the stuff off. I guess copy it in chunks? most important first?
     
  8. MikeHunt79

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 4, 2004

    Posts: 20,833

    Location: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    If the freezer method fails then try and get hold of a 2nd F3 that is the exact same model.
     
  9. Prophet

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 5, 2004

    Posts: 7,337

    Location: Notts

    Give the drive a knock on something solid. Not too hard but enough to jolt it a little. This has worked many times in the past when disk have refused to spin up.
     
  10. robgti

    Hitman

    Joined: Dec 17, 2007

    Posts: 881

    Location: Easington Lane

    Does your computer still boot if the drive is plugged in? I have a F1 drive which died on me last year. Never got round to trying to fix it but I remember if it was plugged in the computer would not boot.
     
  11. JonJ678

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 22, 2008

    Posts: 10,367

    Location: England

    This makes a lot of sense to me. Certainly more than taking the disks out and giving them a spin by hand. Will remember this suggestions for future reference, cheers orange.
     
  12. balls

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 20, 2007

    Posts: 1,187

    Location: Bath, Somerset

    Freezer trick for a last ditch effort? worked on an old seagate drive of mine.

    Sandwich bag with some silica gel packs and then in the freezer for an hour or so.
     
  13. Heatsinked

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 1,938

    Location: Isle of Wight

    Here is what I have done in the past:

    o Place hard drive in fridge for 8 hours.

    o Keep hard drive cool during file transfer (place near open window on a cold day).

    o Recover files using TestDisk.

    Good luck :)
     
  14. Prophet

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 5, 2004

    Posts: 7,337

    Location: Notts

    I've done this to nearly every drive have had fail since 1992 and in more than half of the cases it's worked to get the drive booted at least one last time to get the data taken off.

    In a few cases it's 'fixed' the problem and the drive has lasted for a long time afterwards.
     
  15. Muel

    Mobster

    Joined: Jun 26, 2009

    Posts: 3,026

    Location: Sheffield

    Haven't had chance to get it out yet, I'll get round to it at some point. I've just unplugged it and left it in place for now so it's not going to get any worse.