salvaging a dying hard disk

Curt ctres at
Wed Jul 27 15:26:45 UTC 2011

On 07/27/2011 09:55 AM, nathan nolast wrote:
> is the drive an internal drive or an external drive? have you tried 
> any of the "put your hard drive in the freezer" tricks?
It is an internal drive. However I do have a USB/SATA adapter I could 
try. not sure if that would make a difference or not.
Haven't tried the freezer trick yet.

> have you tried to mount the drive from terminal? from my understanding 
> there is a force mount option "-o force"
I hadn't but now I have...
Since the disk that shows is /dev/sda I guess it's reasonable to assume 
the other one is /dev/sdb. I made a dir "sickdisk" and tried "sudo mount 
-t ext3 /dev/sdb /media/sickdisk" (without -o force) but the terminal 
responded "special device /dev/sdb does not exist" .... and with the -o 
force option, it returned:
">" only.

I've unmounted /dev/sda but find that both drives feel like they are 
Maybe there's some other problem?

> On Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 10:48 AM, CJ <ctres at 
> <mailto:ctres at>> wrote:
>     I'm attempting to save some data - not necessarily all - from a
>     disk that is failing or possibly I'm afraid already dead and gone.
>     I've attached it along with a good drive to one machine and booted
>     into an Ubuntu live disk. The good disk shows up (sudo fdisk -l)
>     but the other does not appear.
>     Am I sol at this point or is there a way to force the drive to appear?
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