Last updated: February 2016
Original Article Date: October 7th, 2015
Well, back in October of 2013, I was working on my HP Pavilion dv9000 laptop. When I put it back together, it wouldn't boot Windows, and, shortly afterwards, I discovered that the Western Digital WD3200BEVT hard drive that was purchased for the dv9000 three years prior was not working correctly. As it tried to spin up, it'd make a sort of scraping, buzzing sound, then click loudly right after, then spin down, over and over again, until it would spin down and give up. It was not recognized by the laptop.
Remembering when I did the freezer trick on my 1996 laptop's hard drive and having it succeed, I tried it on this hard drive. Sadly, no dice, so I threw it around (not figuratively), and, after not being able to get it to work correctly again, I put it aside and left it alone.
Today, two years later on October 7th, I wanted a SATA laptop drive, so I was pondering for a while, and I saw the WD3200BEVT. I figured I'd give it a whirl, so, I plugged it into a USB-to-SATA adapter, and plugged that into my ThinkPad.
Out of all things, it was behaving in a promising manner. I could actually get it to spin up, and stay spinning! I figured that it probably was still not working, and, sure enough, my ThinkPad couldn't recognize it. I wasn't going to give up that easily, so I decided to throw it into a desktop computer.
I chose my Acer Aspire M5630, my dv9000's former companion from 2008 to 2010. I plugged it in, and, sure enough, it spun up. Not only did it spin up, but it was recognized! Looking at the contents, the latest date was 10/6/13; two years and a day ago. Strangely enough, though, I discovered that the drive worked best when I would squeeze it. Otherwise, it'd make a buzzing noise, and it actually failed recognizing in the BIOS unless I did this. I resolved this by slightly unscrewing the case screws on the hard drive. My guess is that the top cover is bent, and it pushes lightly on the hub of the hard drive platters, and, since the disk would not be spinning as fast as it should be, it would not work.