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Failing hard drive

What can I do from here, if it is failing? Anything salvageable?

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Hey Glennlamp,

If it is just starting to fail, you can certainly salvage as much as you can before complete failure. Is it still recognized by the computer, copy as much data off as possible. If it is not recognized (already failed) you may have a bad enclosure. If the enclosure is bad, perhaps you can take it apart and hook up the drive as a slave in your computer. This will truly tell you if the drive is going bad or it was the enclosure. If the drive truly is bad, your only recourse is to send it in to get the data recovered by a data recovery company (plan on spending at least $300-$1000).

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a dirty hard first clean all of the dust from your computer using a fine air blower using a vacuum cleaner with no metal piping you might short your motherboard out if metal touches anything
or a fine air blower from a compressor making sure there is no MOISTURE in the air line then give the hard drive a firm tap on one side to free up the read arm
you could run the check disk utility
Click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/r/f which willscan for and attempt to repair any bad
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then defragment your hard drive
don't do anything while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input may damage your computer
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or you might use the freeze hard drive
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