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Hard Drive been demolished...help?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Arroryn, Jul 26, 2005.

  1. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    this sounds like a lost cause to me, but I don't know if any of you guys have techie info beyond my knowledge (likely)

    I'm doing a refurb for a guy who says his 'friend ran haywire in his PC with a screwdriver'. Understatement of the century. Motherboard has been brutally slaughtered, cables have been ripped off, it's a mess.

    My biggest problem is the hard drive. This nutter has somehow ripped off the power supply connector pins from the drive. Can I buy a connector that can solder on to get this puppy working again, or has this guy's mate just cost him 80gb of info?
     
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  2. AJ

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    Don't fancy your chances here. I know my brother managed to break a lin on the connector and that could be replaced. Fortunatly my Father in Law dose all the electronics soldering type stuff. But as to the power thing, not sure.:(

    Prob better to buy a new HHD and start again.

    WTF was "this friend" doing inside this PC with a screw driver. Is he "all there" or wot :x
     
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  3. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    What a complete Butcher :twisted: !
    Good luck with the hard drive. If he has data on it he wants to retrieve then it might be worth the "brain surgery" approach with the solder! :D
     
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  4. DarkDesigns

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    Bloody hell :blink
    Did he happen to mention, ohhh, I don't know, sleeping with his friend's wife, running over his dog or summat? :)

    Let us know how it goes, might be a stunt there some us can use later on. Never know.
     
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  5. Baba O'Riley

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    He could always try a company specialising in data recovery. 'Tis not cheap though. I was quoted £50-£80 for a job on a 128Mb Smart Media card with no guarantees.
     
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  6. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    Gonna try and buy connector pins - there's still a little bit of metal attached to the circuit board, so as long as that's not damaged, will try soldering something. My BF is an electrical genius (well, does it for a job anyway) so I'll leave the soldering down to him.

    Thanks for the advice guys :D

    I told this guy his friend has a lot to answer for. From the sounds of things, he was a litte...ahem...high.
     
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  7. Modey

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    That's quite cheap. A teacher at one of my schools recently had a laptop hard disk fail. She didn't have a backup (doh) so sent the drive off to a company who specialise in data recovery. They give an indcation of what they can recover, then the 'quote'.

    £1200 pounds they wanted .... ouch. She didn't have the cash so it was goodbye data ...
     
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  8. Phoenix
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    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

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    we payed upward of 25 thousand for the recovery of one of our SAN disk arrays, the moving company dropped it during transit, so much for a specialist IT removal company LOL
    twits

    think we may of billed em for it though
     
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  9. Baba O'Riley

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    You're right, the prices I were quoted are cheap. The card has been sitting on my shelf for nearly a year now. I really should get round to doing something about it one of these days...
     
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  10. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

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    If you've waited this long then you obviously don't need the data. Just reformat it and go buy some beer with the money you just 'saved'.:D
     
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  11. Baba O'Riley

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    Reformatting is not possible, nothing will even recognise the card's exsistence. I've tried cameras, card readers, even the self service machines they have in Boots.

    It contains photos of a trip to Rome so I would like them back some time because it's a cheaper option than going back there!
     
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  12. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    for an update on the hard drive, I soldered a new molex connector on to the drive, and it's all working fine. So now I'm going into self employment fixing hard drives. lol.
     
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  13. tripwire45
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    Great job. Glad you got it sorted. You rock. :biggrin
     
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  14. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    Hey - well done, Arro - that was a really interesting thread. Thanks for the update :)
     
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