How to recover data from a hard drive (stuck heads: buzzing, clicking, etc)

Does your hard drive make a buzzing noise when you turn it on? Or does it make clicking noises or not spin up? Well, in this video I will show you how to fix this fairly common problem which is caused by the drive's heads getting stuck on the platters. You'll definitely need this before starting:

In some cases, data recovery software may have to be used. Here is a good one to check out: Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery - Professional

Want to be extra safe? You can build a clean air enclosure. Here's a video all about that:

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  • DIY Perks
    DIY Perks4 ปีที่แล้ว

    You'll definitely need this before starting any repair job:

  • LA Serafin
    LA Serafinปีที่แล้ว

    YOU ARE A LIFE SAVER. I have been suffering from anxiety because of our hard drive. We waited and searched for months as to what we could do but all we found is to spend $1500 with an uncertainty that files won't be recovered. Last night we took a leap of faith to do this and we were screaming because it worked! Thank you for your help!!!

  • Fred Larracuente
    Fred Larracuente2 ปีที่แล้ว

    Been working on computers for over 25 years and this is the 1st time I've seen this trick. Tried it successfully on a damaged 3TB HDD. This comes to prove that and ol' dog in fact can learn new tricks! :D :D Good video!

  • Louis Cyphre
    Louis Cyphre

    I hope you are reaping some serious rewards in monetising your knowledge this way. Not only are you intelligent, practically minded and clearly spoken, you have a pleasant non arrogant disposition so lacking amongst many of your peers and you make it an enjoyable experience learning from you. And after 20 years of self taught fumbling, you reveal such secrets and insights that would have saved me many hours and hopefully will in future. Big respect my good man. Best wishes.

  • Boris BOB
    Boris BOB

    Hello, I would recommend lowering the hard drive temperature to 5-6 ° C (41-42 ° F) before moving the playhead. Due to thermal expansion the read head should be easier to move.

  • steve
    steve2 ปีที่แล้ว

    Great videos! One thing to consider, files aren't necessarily in order on the drive so 2% corruption could affect 100% of files or only 1 file... likely somewhere in between but 2% corruption probably affects more than 2% of files, the larger the average file size the higher the odds more files overlap that 2% corruption

  • kasami's memes
    kasami's memes

    There is a chance those damaged sectors were caused by dust particles. I recently tried just opening and closing a hard drive that was perfectly working but no longer had any important data on it, and that alone managed to screw up one or two sectors in the partition table (probably the worst place for it to happen, though recoverable). I would definitely recommend using a clean air enclosure like the DIY one on this channel, I'm building one right now before I do this on an actual stuck drive.

  • Paul Kooros
    Paul Kooros3 ปีที่แล้ว

    Thanks for this very useful video! As I was an engineer for WD, here are some responses to common comments from below:

  • FeatherChaeyeon1202
    FeatherChaeyeon12022 ปีที่แล้ว

    Thank you for this tutorial. I got the same problem and I managed to retrieve my data + I didn't spend on data retrieval. Kudos to this!

  • Terry Sutherland
    Terry Sutherland2 ปีที่แล้ว

    Mate, this is brilliant! I've always wondered about doing this myself, and never had the guts to try it on a drive I wanted to use afterward. I agree about the box vs. the clean room. The clean room is an ideal environment, but not entirely necessary. Thanks for dispelling the myth. I also didn't know what to do about the ticking noises until now. Well done!

  • damian edwards
    damian edwardsปีที่แล้ว

    That's brilliant. I've a selection of old hard drives which won't fire up. Absolutely nothing to lose by having a go at this. Thanks.

  • Wazza Moose
    Wazza Mooseปีที่แล้ว

    Awesome Matt, thanks so much for this easy tip. Should I have known earlier I would have been able to save a lot of movies lost from tossing drives out that I thought we buggered from his exact sound.

  • John Andersen
    John Andersenปีที่แล้ว

    Thank you Matt! I did enjoy the video and all the information is very appreciated. I had a couple 10yr old drives I repaired by replacing with new PC boards and it worked. Another drive was making god awful clicking sounds so I set that one aside about 9 years ago. I'll give that one a looking over soon with the new info. But I hear some newer and certain models cant be repaired by replacing the PC board and that is because data stored on the PC board is specifically for that drive and the data has to be transferred to the new board by a technician. According to the companies support web site at least. I may order a new board and test that theory out as well. Oh and just to put the info out there for others, some hard drives wont spin up or be seen sometimes if there on a ribbon cable with certain other drives, Master/Slave ribbon cables, and also depending on the pin jumper settings of either drives. Best to test each drive individually to see if that is the case. Thank you again for a wonderful informative video! Look forward to checking out your others :-)

  • Ssgt. Telrik
    Ssgt. Telrik2 ปีที่แล้ว

    This was the most helpful video. Period. This is what enabled me to recover data from a drive everyone else told me was completely dead. Thank you, sir!

  • j jock
    j jockปีที่แล้ว

    Interesting and presented in a logical straightforward manner. I have the cover of my SCSI drive loosened, and was looking for a technique to free the head. I had heard that it was better to spin the head as you did. So, here I go into the unknown. ( I'm kidding, I have had HDs apart, but never with the intent to get them running).

  • Fabio

    Just a reminder...If after opening the drive and successfully accessing the data...get all your data on another storage drive and never use the broken drive ever. Otherwise, you'll risk losing more data in the future. Great video Matt!!

  • Chrl M
    Chrl Mปีที่แล้ว

    Dear, sir! Thank you, so very very much for your excellent instruction on how to repair a problematic hard drive disk! Really appreciating your language too! Clear and caring! Wishing you, sir, all the very best, always! Best Regards, from Sweden! Stay safe and healthy, in these perilous pandemic days!

  • Michele-Christian DeGroof-Putman
    Michele-Christian DeGroof-Putman2 ปีที่แล้ว

    Very clear, complete en useful. Also took off my fear working without clean air environment. Thanks ! Chris

  • AF CK
    AF CK

    your tutorial is simply excellent (short, clear, precise).. fantastic! how far did you get with your disk replacing trials?

  • Ronny Rakete
    Ronny Rakete4 ปีที่แล้ว

    Dude! Holy shit, I can't thank you enough. My external 2,5" HDD had a Headcrash and the german companies for Data-recovery offered to rescue my data for only 600€. No joke! Then I came across your tutorial and it worked absolutely fine. Thank you so much. Ben