August 30, 2011 8:14 AM Subscribe
Recovering data from a soaked HDD?
posted by InsanePenguin to computers & internet (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Hey guys, the business I manage in Central NJ was flooded on Sunday by Irene. Most everything is ok, but the computer sitting on the floor is toast. Fine, I wanted a new one anyway. I salvaged the hard drive, but it was clearly immersed in water for some time-likely a few hours. The power was off at that point, so it should have shorted.
The data on the drive isn't important enough to warrant spending hundreds of dollars on a professional, so what is my best shot at doing it myself? I've heard of putting electronics in rice or silica gel to suck the water out, but I don't know if that would work on a hard drive. I've opened dead drives before, so I suppose I could set up a "clean room" and try that, but I worry about damaging the drive doing it.