Hard Drive Not working

Hey All, I’m hoping someone can help me or give me some advice… I moved into a new place a few months ago and was moving my computer to my new desk. I picked it up and, unfortunately, held it sideways… I’ve learned that’s not a good idea:o.

When I plugged everything in, there was a buzzing static sound or sparking sound and then a small amount of smoke out the back!:doh:

I quickly unplugged it and blew it out… I then opened it up and blew it out a bit more, then plugged it back in… Again, Sparks, Smoke and I unplugged it! I figured dust got into somthing it shouldn’t have. So, I figured I fried the power source and ordered a new one. I put it in… and nothing! :frowning:
I called a friend that knows slightly more than I do about computers and he came over with his external drive. We took the HD out of my tower and he tried to hook it to his external and Nothing! No device found and it didn’t even spin. :confused:
I have no idea what to do next. Everything I’ve read states Recovery companies are very expensive! I even called Geek Squad and they stated they’d have to send it out to be recovered with a cost between $600 and $2000!!!:eek:
I have 10 years of family photos and work docs.
No, the computer is not that old… I transfered all this stuff on to this computer only about a year ago. It’s a fairly new computer. Unfortunately, I don’t have the back up anymore! I wiped my old computer and gave it to a family member.
I kept saying I was going to buy a back up drive after I moved into the new place :sad:… Oh well.

So, Any one have any ideas or suggestions?
Please help

Nothing can be done if the drive does not spin. It’s dead.

You can forget about data recovery, as you have found out, it’s too expensive. For the cost of the diagnostic, you could have purchased 2 hard drives. For the cost of the actual recovery of the data, if in fact they can recover the data, you could have bought a new computer and a dozen hard drives for your data and backup purposes.

The only suggestion is learn from this painful lesson. Always keep your cherished memories backed up on more than one disk. Whether it is an external hard drive, another internal hard disk, USB flash drives, DVD dscs, whatever, always keep your documents safe.

hi,
i can handle with this problem. would you like to PM me? i need more detail about your drive. thanks.

[QUOTE=HDDsolution;2445253]hi,
i can handle with this problem. would you like to PM me? i need more detail about your drive. thanks.[/QUOTE]

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I agree that there is almost certainly nothing you can do to get the drive working without having to send it to a data recovery specialist (preferably one more ethical than I suspect HDDsolution is). However, there is one slight hope. Although the disks motor is probably dead, it might be that it was just the circuitboard that got fried. If you manage to get hold of EXACTLY the same type of disk, there is a chance that you can get it back by swapping the controller circuitboard between the two. Obviously, if there is any data worth saving on the donor disk, make sure you get a backup of it first in case a fault with the disk fries that board or something else goes wrong

Incidentally, I doubt holding it sideways or dust has anything to do with the machine dying. It might be that while moving, some part came loose as a result of the machine moving, or a bad solder finally failing, or something metal ending up inside it. Also, many (most?) power supplies on the market are junk…

[QUOTE=Aramchek;2445271]Incidentally, I doubt holding it sideways or dust has anything to do with the machine dying. It might be that while moving, some part came loose as a result of the machine moving, or a bad solder finally failing, or something metal ending up inside it. Also, many (most?) power supplies on the market are junk…[/QUOTE]

I agree with Aramchek there is no way holding the system sideways will damage the hdd because
hdd’s are made to be mounted in any direction, up, down, upside down, right side up, anyway you
want to mount it lol. I’d have to say the power supply caused the hdd to short out maybe along
with a few other pieces. Usually but not always when a power supply gives up the ghost and makes
all those sparks and smoke it most of the time takes memory, hdd, mobo, and sometimes it will take
the CPU with it. I had one come in for repair a while back that done basically the same thing as you
said your system did sparks, smoke, but this one had a big bang also, it had to have a complete rebuild
hdd, PS, mobo, memory, CPU, you might just say the works. A capacitor or something in the PS shorted
out and made it explode killing the system. :eek:

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Michael