05-15-2013 06:03 AM
ONLY ATTEMPT THIS IF YOUR HARD DRIVE IS OUT OF WARRANTY!!!
My goflex external hard drive which I've had for two years suddenly died the other day and I had the prospect of paying large amounts of money to recover the data. As I'm of a engineering background I thought I'd put it to good use. This is what I done and I'm not saying it's going to work for you but this is it.
I removed the hard drive from the casing, using an old credit card to prize it open. This revealed a samsung 2.5" hard drive. I connected it up again using the cable and listened. There was no disc spinning sound so I thought something was stuck.
I purchased a set of Computer screwdrivers for £4.removed the sliver cover 7 screws one of which is hiding under the label.
Once this was done the disc is exposed but very sensitive so don't go putting greasy fingers on it.
As I suspected the "Reader Arm" was resting on the disc. This is not the default postion. The beeping sund is the board telling the arm your out of poisition and you need to go back to home position. For some reason it was just stuck.
With a flat blade small watch makers screw driver I lifted the arm up slightly avoiding the disc and it sprang back to it's default position. Once this was done I pluged it back in and everything started working as it should.
No need to recover data and all fixed for £4.
Loads of people will tell you that it's dead and you'll have to spend loads of dough on recovering your data but if your handy with a screwdriver and determind not to be beaten then you could try this. It worked for me.