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I'm trying to recover data off a dying 80GB WD Caviar. S.M.A.R.T. reports a drive failure warning at boot. I've tried GetDataBack and EasyRecovery but both seem to freeze up when accessing the drive, take long, and make little or no progress over hours. (The Caviar is hooked up as slave to an 80GB Maxtor.)

What now? Rubber mallet? The Freezer Trick?

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I'm trying to recover data off a dying 80GB WD Caviar. S.M.A.R.T. reports a drive failure warning at boot. I've tried GetDataBack and EasyRecovery but both seem to freeze up when accessing the drive, take long, and make little or no progress over hours. (The Caviar is hooked up as slave to an 80GB Maxtor.)

What now? Rubber mallet? The Freezer Trick?

What's the exact SMART message?

If the data on the drive is worth more than about $800 to you, send it to someplace reputable like OnTrack.

Sounds like it could be a head crash, in which case you're just making the damage worse.

It may be too late already.

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