HD constantly spins up and back down again

Ok so here is what I have tried after searching and trying stuff for the majority of the day.

Windows: missing system file on boot up.

Windows Repair: can’t find any mbr or file system

Spinrite: Halts at .54% into a lvl 2 scan. Started it again at .55% an then it stopped at 1.15%

Then I tried Get data back: Was reading off the HD and was getting some i/o errors but was actually continuing when i selected yes to all. Says it will take an hour. Leave to go do a service call, come back 4 hours later expecting it to be done. Not the case. It is now constantly spinning up and down repeatedly.

Just finished trading the board on the drive with another one I had from when these used to be a raid setup. Still am getting the same problem.

Switched the boards back and the other drive still works fine.

They are 80gb maxtor drives. They are being used for our small business and had our accounting data on them. Can anyone think of anything else I can try? I don not think it will be worth it to send it away to get the data off it for a minimum cost of like $600.

Am willing to try anything…

Thanks guy’s

It’s not clear to me. Is this the OS drive giving you problems? Have you tried running the Recovery Console from the windows install disk?

Welcome to the forum, does your somputer have a recovery partition on the hard drive??

It was the OS disk. I bought a new 500gb drive and installed windows on it. Yes I did try the recover thing on the installation disk. That was #2 on my list :slight_smile:

[QUOTE=THE C.;2239932]Welcome to the forum, does your somputer have a recovery partition on the hard drive??[/QUOTE]

Thanks, and no unfortunately not. :frowning:

Forgot to mention that the HD does not show up at all anymore. Had it hooked up to my usb external case and it shows nothing in windows when I power it up. The working disk shows up within seconds when I hook it up this way.

If the drive appears in the bios you can give this a try: http://findandmount.com/

When I plug it in directly to the computer it does the same sounds as with the usb case and is not recognized. PC wont go past the part where it normally would show what drives are connected to it.

Unfortunately, some USB->IDE interfaces will not work with failing hard disks, especially when the master boot record is unreadable. This will most likely need to be connected to an internal IDE connection for a recovery tool to access it.

If the hard disk still keeps spinning up & down, even when disconnected and powered back on, it’s likely that you’ll not be able to access its content any longer without specialist equipment (i.e. like in a specialised data recovery lab). :doh:

One trick I’ve come across a few times (example here) that sometimes works with failing hard disks is to put it in the freezer for a few hours and hook it up to see if data can be retrieved. As cold items (especially frozen) attract moisture, if you decide to try this, make sure the room is not moist (stuffy) or run a dehumidifer in the room with all doors & windows closed for a few hours beforehand if you have one handy.

[QUOTE=Seán;2239951]Unfortunately, some USB->IDE interfaces will not work with failing hard disks, especially when the master boot record is unreadable. This will most likely need to be connected to an internal IDE connection for a recovery tool to access it.

If the hard disk still keeps spinning up & down, even when disconnected and powered back on, it’s likely that you’ll not be able to access its content any longer without specialist equipment (i.e. like in a specialised data recovery lab). :doh:

One trick I’ve come across a few times (example here) that sometimes works with failing hard disks is to put it in the freezer for a few hours and hook it up to see if data can be retrieved. As cold items (especially frozen) attract moisture, if you decide to try this, make sure the room is not moist (stuffy) or run a dehumidifer in the room with all doors & windows closed for a few hours beforehand if you have one handy.[/QUOTE]

Trying the freezer method atm. Will post back later tonight or tomorrow morning. Might leave it in till the morning when I get back to the shop here.

For anyone curious about the freezer method on a laptop HDD (2.5"), I gave it a try on a Toshiba 20GB 2.5" IDE HDD that crashed.

The owner only needed to recover one Word document to save time rewriting it up again as he had everything else backed up. When they left me the laptop, I powered it up, it showed up in the list of HDDs and by once it booted into BartPE (boot CD), the drive didn’t show up. When I rebooted, the laptop showed “IDE Primary Master not present”. I took the HDD out the following morning and tried it in a USB 2.5" enclosure, connected it up to my PC. However, all that happened is that I could hear the HDD spinning up and repetitively clicking. It wasn’t detected by my PC.

So I decided to try the freezer on this one to see whether the freezer trick would work on a laptop HDD. :stuck_out_tongue: I put the 2.5" HDD enclosure with the hard disk in the freezer overnight, took it out and connected it to my PC. It spun up, Windows went through the “Found New Hardware” bit and the drive showed up in My Computer. I went into the drive, then into the user’s profile and “My Documents” and copied out two files with the filename they told me successfully. Literally seconds after the files were copied, the HDD started clicking again and the window froze. A moment later, Windows said that the drive is no longer present and the Window disappeared. In total the drive worked for about 1 minute.

I’m sure if I tried operating the hard disk in the freezer, e.g. with a laptop and the USB cable trailing into the freezer with the HDD inside, the hard disk would have run longer. But it goes to show that this method may work in recovering vital documents on a laptop HDD that otherwise would require the hard disk to be sent off to a recovery lab.