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My hand drive has stoped working , some chips are getting very hot, data on the disc is my wife's and childrens life any way of getting the data off

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Your best bet is if the Data is very important goto a PC shop or Geek squad and have em do data recovery. Your best bet is a local PC shop. $50-$100 prolly

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Enitrely possible that this HDD has been fried or has just simply stopped reading even if the motor spins the discs the heads may not be working and the return magnet for the arm may be working on the disc causing friction.

One tip is to but the drive in the Freezer in a zip lock bag over night and try again in the morning if this doesn't work then nothing will.

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First, there is not much you can do to fix or recover the data if the hard drive has failed due to an impact. But, there are a few things to observe to validate that the hard drive has failed.
First, when you plug it in, does it spin up? You may be able to tell by listening to it purr. Secondly, you can pick it up while its running, hold it in the palm of your hand and slowly rotate your hand. If the disc is spinning, you will feel the centripetal resistance to motion. If you don't hear or feel the disc spinning, likely the motor is broken.
One thing to caution you on, the more you leave the drive on, the chances of retrieving your data go down.
Depending on the age of your device, the unit may still be under warranty. So, don't open it up to access the drive, this will void any warranties. Toshiba has an easy to use online service program where you can obtain support to replace the unit or retrieve data. While under warranty, the unit will be replaced at no charge to you. But, don't tell them about the dogs! Just claim ignorance, "I turned it on and it didn't work."
The data retrieval program Toshiba uses is through a 3rd party service that may offer a flat rate or discounted service. The price will ****, data retrieval, based on the size of your drive, can range anywhere from $1000 to $1500 (it sucks, I know). They prey on the hope that your data is precious and unrecoverable. So, that's what your in for, best of luck.

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I have also envountered problems with dogs life, my only reasonable explination is:


dogs life is most propably written on a normal CD-R,

and sometimes a chipped PS2 struggles to read CD-R games, you will also find that older PSX games wont work either, hope this is of some help.


have a blessed day.



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