How to Fix a Physically Broken Hard Drive
Be warned and afraid too: this information is provided for use at your own risk and should only be used to make a bad hard drive situation worse and ready for the recycle bin. Never hurts to try anyway though, right? So here are 4 ways to fix a physically broken hard drive. Bonus content below. Talk about inconvenience, a system crash, but how about the ensuing disaster when your hard drive heads crash west. Most times this means drive data is destroyed and your bits are out of luck—unless you safeguarded your data with a backup. Do you know if your drive really dead, or just mostly dead? .
Step 1: Hard Drive Health Status: Identify what the hard drive is. Hard drives look somewhat similar to this photo. We want to get at the physical hard drive to have the best chance of doing anything with it. This includes being able to send it to a data recovery company.
what is a seagate hard drive
Step 2: Visualize any potential damage on the hard drive and check connections. Damage can include just about anything. In this photo, we can see some missing screws, perhaps from a previous repair attempt by someone. This side of the drive looks okay though, nothing is burned. One thing I can’t illustrate is this board is very hot to the touch and it smells bad. This board is also static sensitive but for this illustration, is handled without static precautions for this blog article only. (After all, this drive is going in the recycle bin shortly.)
circuit board of hard drive
Step 3: Looking a little closer at things. What do we have here? OK, I cheated and used a photo of the circuit board in the photo above and put it under my microscope. This hard drive was not spinning at all and had some electrical damage from being in an external enclosure where a surge occurred. This surge was pretty strong as it did some serious damage to components. If your drive looks like this, I am going to say there is little you will be able to do at home to fix this. Even genius mad skills in electronics repair may not help here. This is where the pros would simply replace the circuit board. Then again, this is a last ditch effort right? Let’s grab some resistors from another hard drive, stick them on and see what happens right?
- hard drive with burnt resistor
Step 4: Freeze the hard drive, or better yet, toss it in a snow bank and if that fails, put it under your car and run it over to loosen it up. Be sure the hard drive has a good view of organic frozen fruit before leaving it in there. Better yet, don’t do step 4 and just skip to the bottom.
hard drive in freezer
Bonus Step 5: Try a hot bath. Sometimes, the problem that prevents the hard drive from working properly can be dirty heads. Use as hot of water as you can find on the hard drive. Click Here to take a look at our video.
The things you just read about hard drive recovery are really common on the internet. The first few steps might yield some results such as checking the connections. Other not such useful steps include bathing the hard drive in a snow bank or making sure it is in the freezer across from the Organic frozen fruits. In fact, running a hard drive under hot water will do a ton of damage and create a seriously dangerous situation if you try to plug it back in. DO NOT do this. Most importantly, do not do anything with a hard drive indoors. The electronics can spark, burn, make really bad smelling smoke and in most areas it is illegal to have them on fire and producing that thick black smoke. So, don’t do it.
What should you do:
You should put comments below of what type of questions you have about how to fix a hard drive. Education among group learning is a highly effective strategy to get help at a reduced cost. TechRx Inc. also provides estimates in case the hard drive is important to you.