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hi,
my 40gb maxtor hard drive that i've bought 2-3 months ago has crashed, and it contained some very valuable data for me, my technichian told me that it might work again if he would replace some chips in the hard drive, and that some chips were not working good / in place when he took the drive out....

what are the chances that the data can be fully restored? :( :( :(

i didn't back it up in disks... :(

i heard there are places that specialize in restoring such info, can anyone tell me more about them?

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there are places that specialize in data recovery but they are very expensive. The link below is just one of many that do this.

http://www.drivesavers.com/

I have heard but never tried this. Put the drive in refrigerater and get it cold and then hook as slave quickly and some times you can get the data off. Maybe some else can better describe this for you. This would be a shot in the dark.
 

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There are probably recovery specialists locally if you live in a built-up area. I don’t know what they charge.

The refrigerator suggestion is for the freezer. Freeze it and hook it up right away – there are people who swear it works sometimes. A sharp rap will sometimes help as well.
 

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If your tech is correct, and the problem is with the controller (as opposed to physical damage of the drive platters, arm, etc.) then replacing the controller board should resurrect the drive. Since you don't describe the symptoms, it's hard to offer specific recommendations. The "sharp rap" trick, for example, is useful only when the drive suffers from stiction (basically the arm is stuck at one end of its travel); the sharp rap often jars the arm loose, and restores performance of the drive. The "freezing" trick is typically useful when the controller board has a cracked trace or similar problem; the cold temperature causes everything to contract, often temporarily sealing the trace.

If the drive is recognized at boot, but you can't boot from it or access it from a (bootable) floppy, you may be able to use drive rescue -- but you'll have to find someone with a copy, since the freeware version has been discontinued. It's a very good program for restoring dead hard drives -- but note that it is intended to be used from another drive in the same system, not the drive that is having problems.

Hope this helps -- additional info appreciated.

P.S. Let me know if you want to try drive rescue.
 
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