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MOEVIEW is Aaron Molina 12:02am, 25 June 2010
So my external Seagate 500 gig hard drive with my complete history of photos has dies. Everything that was in there is no longer. I see the drive but no info and I cant do anything with it. Any recommendations?
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 8 years ago
I had purchased a new Seagate and returned it a day after I purchased it. My recommendation...not to purchase a seagate product again. ;)

As for recovering your data...

www.popularmechanics.com/technology/how-to/tips/4294038
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maxcaven 8 years ago
Put it a plastic bag then in the freezer. That should give the drive enough alive time to back everything up!

lifehacker.com/5515337/save-a-failed-hard-drive-in-your-f...

There's also a program called spinrite that helps with drive help and can recover corrupt files.
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sweet ill try the freezer. Thanks Max
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Karl W. 8 years ago
I've tried the freezer method but I would only get a half minute even after leaving it for a full night.
Jay's Photography PRO 8 years ago
Freezer method isnt the way to go, unless you find a ribbon cable and keep the drive in the freezer. Because of once it heats up all the moisture will get in there n such on since water plus electronics dont mix.
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edgeways 8 years ago
the freezer is worth trying, but it is a long shot.
I really wasn't kidding when I wrote this:

www.flickr.com/groups/duluthphotographersguild/discuss/72...
Jay's Photography PRO 8 years ago
Make sure you wear gloves after you freeze it LOL freezer burn hurts like hell. Almost as bad as dry ice.
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JustinSinks 8 years ago
Leave it in the freezer and run your USB/FireWire cable out to your computer. Make sure you pack frozen things around it. Oh and yes ziplock bag it and make sure all the air is out of the bag. Then try grabbing small amounts of files at a time, let them copy, then shut it off for a bit. It's going to take some time but it could be worth it. It's a lot better than sending it off and paying someone 3,000 to try and get the files off for you.
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maxcaven 8 years ago
I had good luck with the freezer! Also made me paranoid for backing up.

Got have a raid/drobo/redundant-something onsite. Another drive offsite, then something on the net/cloud (I just have the JPGs on-line).
Darin... PRO 8 years ago
I had great luck with the freezer method a couple times as well, doing basically what Justin suggested. Good luck!
Jay's Photography PRO 8 years ago
I hope it works that you can recover your data. I tried it and didnt have very good luck, although i didnt have very important data on my hd. It was just the drive for the OS.
I'd try spinright, it's about $80 bucks.
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