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How can I get the heads for the hard drive? or the manual for instructions? I want to replace the heads in order to recover the data.

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You will first need a 100% clean room and one of those white jumpsuits. Honestly you will definitely ruin your data if you try it yourself. Usually certified places charge 1000$ to 2000$ to do it. I know Ontrack Data Recovery is pretty reputable business if you want to get it done.

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It means pretty well what it says.

That the hard disk is failing, and you need to back up all of your data from it and get the drive replaced.

You'll need to refer to your manufacturer or manual to check what type of hard disk it needs.

I cannot stress that this is incredibly serious however, backup your data immediately

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Those things predict a hard drive crash, however it could take months for the drive to fail

(or it could be the next minute).

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The PXE error is not from your harddrive. the computer has failed to reccognise the HDD and so moved to the next bootable option being network, the PXE error is telling you that it cannot boot from network
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If the hard disk been opened unfortunately you lost your data. You can try to send it to a data recovery company but it will cost few thousand bucks to get your data out of the disk plates.

Opening a hard drive to check it out is 99.99% chances of fail because of dust. If you can fix what was wrong and put everything back together and plug it the head will hit the dust at 7200 RPM and it's like a plane crashing on a mountain.

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