Is my hard drive dead?

Njoku, George O. njokug at
Thu Aug 9 16:23:56 UTC 2007

You may find this funny but it has worked for me.
I had an old 'fugitsu' HD that crapped out on me (couldn't be accessed
at all - physical problems). A friend told me to wrap it in plastic and
leave in freezer overnight.

I did just that, and to my surprise, it worked long enough for me to
ghost it. It later crapped out again...but who cared, I already got my


-----Original Message-----
From: ubuntu-users-bounces at
[mailto:ubuntu-users-bounces at] On Behalf Of Robert
Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2007 10:03 AM
To: ubuntu-users at
Subject: Is my hard drive dead?

Woke up this morning to a running Fiesty machine as every morning, but 
my desktop would not fully load when logging in. I rebooted after a 
couple of tries and now find problems with the HD. I am now booted up in

KNOPPIX and trying to determine if my HD is toast and I need to copy to 
another drive. In KNOPPIX, my old fstab shows me that /media/hda4 is my 
root partition and /media/hda5 is my /home, all other partitions are not

critical to boot, just backed up data and a previous OS on a couple of 
other partitions that I cannot open. However, good thing, I can view and

edit and get clean fsck's on these two critical partitions. So, I 
commented out all except those two, swap and devices in the 
/media/hda4/fstab, however, I still get I/O errors when booting Ubuntu. 
I even tried booting the prevoius OS on my Ubuntu grub menu initially, 
but that partition is not even accessible via KNOPPIX, so I'm sure 
something wrong there. Is there anything else to try or should I start 
copying my accessible root and home partitions to a new drive? And if 
the latter, do I just copy them to the new drive with swap and adjust 
the fstab file?

Thanks in advance. Robert

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