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Can I retrieve my data, Seagate 500G hard drive will not boot

ibook was dropped and now unable to boot hard drive seagate , i have looked inside the hard drive and it runs smooth , but will not read it,

can i buy a new hard drive and exchange disks?

will seagate do this for me ?

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Thank you for your note remacberlin,

i appreciate your input.

I have ordered a couple new hard drives and will see what i can do to save the data.

I am still looking for someone with experience in pulling the disks out and placing them in new housings.

I know the data is still there , but i also know that the reader is not going to read it from this housing.

If you know of anyone else that may have some more input or if you have any other thoughts on this let me know



Thanks Rab777hp

I did try disk warrior no luck. Data rescue i have tried i will look for it. The more i serch on youtube the more i know that my reader is history


If what you have on there is really valuable, then you can try someplace like DriveSavers, they charge an arm and a leg, have a clean room, and will probably get your data.


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You should never ever open a hard drive unless you're in a clean room and know what you're doing. One spec of dust inside can destroy everything. I doubt that seagate will do the job, there are specialized data rescue companys for a reason and they have their price.

You can hook it to a computer with an USB adapter and pray that it mounts, so you can rescue your data.

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Good advice--this is the one I use. +


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To recover your lost data from your hard drive, the first thing you may need to to is to make your hard drive work again. Once your hard drive works, you can start to consider to find ways to recover your data.

How to make it work? Easy, the repair shop. This is the easiest and safest way you can depend on. But you need to pay attention to is that after your drive is repaired, all of the files inside the drive will lost-it's a little bit like formatting hard drive. What can you do now? Don't put any new files into this drive. Why? Let's explain it here: Actually the files on your drive are not gone forever. So where are they? They are still remained in this drive but you cannot find them 'cause the space of these files have been freed up by the computer system. The space is waiting for the new files. So remember this: after file loss happen, don't put any new files into the drive which your files were lost from, or you may cause the data overwritten situation. Once this happens, you will lose the chance to recover your files. More info you can visit this to get things useful:

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If you can't mount it or verify/repair it with DiskUtility, you should try DiskWarrior, it's worth the cash and if it doesn't work it's still worth to have, since it's a great tool that will save you one day when you need it. It's saved me a couple of times.

If none of this works you can at least try to salvage the data, use data rescue, which is a very good data recovery software I've used myself and managed to salvage several gigabytes worth of my files.

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