Hard drive sitting in open trailer for a year or two, inside open computer tower. Data recoverable?
December 11, 2010 3:09 PM Subscribe
Is it possible to salvage a hard drive that has been through hell and back? I have a 40gig HD from a few years ago that was inside a computer tower that was ditched in the backyard for a few months, and there was stuff on it when it was pitched.
posted by koolgiy to Computers & Internet (17 answers total)
A few years ago (probably more than a few -- I used the computer in probably 2004-2005, even 2006 early 2007) the computer I used primarily was thrown out, I don't really know when -- left sitting in an open top trailer amongst a pile of junk, the casing for the computer dented and partially open. It wasn't my idea to throw it out, for some reason my dad did. Why, who knows. Again, I don't know when he pitched the tower, but if I had to guess it would have been sometime probably in 2007-2008.
I salvaged it a year or two ago from the trailer. The hard drive was still in the tower, screwed in where it had always been. It was in fairly good condition, at least I thought -- there was no rust on it, the bolts and all the pieces were still in place, the sticker was still on the top, it was like nothing had harmed it while it was in the trailer.
When my dad pitched the tower, the hard drive still had stuff on it; old photographs, movies, videos, games, what have you.
My question is, given the fact that it was in the backyard, inside a computer tower (which was partially open due to damage) left to fend against the elements of nature, would it be possible to still salvage the information that was on it? Or is it a goner?
I am toying with the idea of sending it to see if anything can be recovered from it, but this is somewhat pricey and I'm not even sure if the disks inside the drive would even work, let alone retain any data that was on them.
The OS on the HDD was XP SP2, and I am in London, ON (if any of you know of local repair shops that do that kind of thing.)