SATA system damaged, what to expect?

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SATA system damaged, what to expect?

#1 Post by Piquet » 30 Nov 2014, 09:52


I'm still in a bit of shock. On friday three SATA drives stopped working at the same time. When I came home the PC was still running but the screen was black and unresponsive. Did a hard reboot and then it got stuck at POST. Turned out only 2 of 5 drives were working.

I'm still going through them one by one. One isn't even detected by BIOS, or parted magic or anything. But one is being listed in BIOS, I can see it in Parted Magic, HDD health should be good according to SMART data, TestDrive finds a partition and all my files are still on it. I can browse through it.

My question is, what can I expect from this drive that works? Can I expect to be able to save all the data? I'm too afraid to do anything on my own just yet so I don't make anything worse. Is it possible that I will never be able to get my data back despite being able to see everything just sitting there?


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Re: SATA system damaged, what to expect?

#2 Post by Piquet » 01 Dec 2014, 10:09

The topic has been approved but unfortunately won't do any good. I've found out that none of the damaged drives will spin. Probably a fried PCB on all three. :(

Still wondering how TestDisk was able to browse through all the folders without the head spinning.

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