Ibnu Razaq (IR) home coming…
Alhamdulillah, after nearly a year of comatose, my beloved 160GB external hard disk (a present of my 19th birthday) has finally recovered this afternoon. I’ve been searching of ways to retrieve back my precious data that have been inaccessible as long as my external hard disk (IR) crashed one day in October last year. Computers can’t detect IR presence. I used IR within my 2 years in KMB. That’s why I missed the data saved in IR so much. And how do I able to retrieve back my priceless data? Here’s the story I wanted to share with all of you…
At first, I thought that the problem has something to do with IR’s casing or USB cable. So I went to Plaza Low Yat and find a shop to first diagnose the problem. One brother that I’ve met told me it would be better for me to try buying a new casing and see whether I can access the data or not. The payment for diagnosing an external hard disk, just to uncase it would cost me RM30.00 and that’s not including payment for other services. I then purchased a RM15.00 casing at different shop and asked the person in charged to help me change the case of my external hard disk. Their computer also can’t detect IR. He said that it probably crashed and there’s no way to access the data back…
I have to live for a few months without my external hard disk. Then I bought a 3.5″ 320GB-Western Digital (WD) external hard disk. It’s quite bulky and need power supply. But I think I can live with that. I love the design; it looks like a book. I called it ‘Black Book’.
Later, I met my old friend, Izzat bin Che Baharom during Kem Eksplorasi Minda Borneo 2008. He said that his brother succeeded to retrieve data from a crashed hard disk using software downloaded from the internet. I wonder if I can do that also to save IR.
I’ve one friend, previously worked at the R&D department of Sony factory here in Bangi. He is also an IT-savvy person. So I asked him last night to take a look at IR. After he tried, he suggested that I send my external HD to shop which offer data retrieving service.
I remembered what Izzat has told me before. I google thru the vast net, searching for relevant software as he mentioned. I installed 3 recovery softwares but they still unable to detect IR presence. Not until I found one article which suggested a crazy-sound-solution to save a crashed hard disk. It’s an urban legend. It says: FREEZE YOUR HARD DISK! I’m intrigued. But not directly believe in it. I continued google around till I felt exhausted and opted to try out the insane-sound-method. The writer said that he also heard this from other people.
“I ended up on a few stories about people who were putting their HD in the freezer to help fix it long enough to be able to recover their data.”
He reported, at first he only freeze his HD for one hour and found he was able to access into the HD for about 2 minutes before it crashed again. Maybe the freezing time was not ‘long enough’ as mentioned in the legend. He then tried again:
“The day after, I shoved the hard drive back in the freezer for 24 hours. After getting it out, I was able to get 20 more minutes of life out it.”
Before go to sleep, I wrapped IR in a leather-like case and a plastic before shoved it into freezer part of our refrigerator. I slept with hope that I can retrieve back my lost data soon.
Later this morning…
I can’t wait any longer… I’m eager to see the result tough I’m still far from the 24th hour.
After nearly 12 hours, I unwrapped IR, left it until its temperature was approximately at equilibrium with room temperature and have it attached to my laptop USB port. Alhamdulillah, IT WORKS BEAUTIFULLY! After a year, being able to see those data of mine again is what makes me feel happy and grateful. I started to back up the data into my laptop and The Black Book. I’m afraid I don’t have enough time to retrieve them all. I then went for an 1 hour lecture, leaving my laptop copying the essential data.
What’s more, IR is still accessible until now! It’s been more than 3 hours. Alhamdulillah, I’ve copied all the important data and hope that IR will continuously healthy as before.
So friends, if you have same problem as I used to have, why not you try this out! Insya-Allah, it’ll become a part of our good efforts to regain our spent time on our previous works that are locked inside a crashed HD.
Happy trying it out and ALL THE BEST! :D
9 Syawal 1429H
Seksyen 9, Bangi,