salvaging a dying hard disk
ctres at grics.net
Thu Jul 28 15:29:47 UTC 2011
On 7/28/2011 10:21 AM, Ernest Doub wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 8:00 AM, compdoc <compdoc at hotrodpc.com
> <mailto:compdoc at hotrodpc.com>> wrote:
> >I have never had to use Spinrite to recover data before
> >and had forgotten about it. Unfortunately it doesn't see the disk
> Spinrite is a great tool, but it has a few flaws: it's too old now
> and can't work with disks that are 1TB or larger. And if you have
> a lot of bad sectors, it can literally takes days to try to fix
> things. Working your drive for days might not be the best thing
> for a failing disk.
> Freezing hard drives sounds a bit voodoo to me - you might have
> the same luck by swinging a dead cat over your head three times.
> But good luck, and let us know if it helped...
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> The freezer technique works if there is a stuck read/write head. No
> voodoo involved, simple physics. The reduction in temperature changes
> the dimensions of moving parts enough to [sometimes] allow a stuck
> mechanism to unstick long enough to perform data recovery.
> The clearances on these drives are in the ten thousandths of an inch
> range [or metric equivalent] so a temperature reduction below the
> normal operating range can unstick a stuck bearing.
> If there is surface damage to the platter or a failure of the
> supporting hardware you are sadly out of luck.
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> When People fear the Government there is Tyranny.
Good news! The disk was working just a few weeks ago but acting
strangely so I removed it from service until I could deal with it.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Great sig BTW
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