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Thou Shalt have a backup

by ursrcs / September 18, 2005 10:38 AM PDT

Win Home Edition, Generic home built pc, P4, 2.5GHz, 512MB Ram, 20Gig Hard drive; M/B is an all in one no name board.

Question: The Hard disk I purchased from a store 2 years ago failed. I have found the drive has a mfr 1 year warranty. I did not have a backup. Are there any other solutions to this problem other than spending 2 to 3000 dollars for a pro to try to get the information off the hard disk? Just to note, the drive will still boot up very intermittently,


Bob S.

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If it will boot,
by Stan Chambers / September 18, 2005 12:43 PM PDT

copy the files to cdr/rw or another hard drive.

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Possibly a Knoppix CD will let you
by Ray Harinec / September 18, 2005 4:43 PM PDT

see the files, if the drive actually rotates, but has some damage.

You can do a google search for knoppix. Robert Proffitt, a Moderator in this forum is very knowledgable about how to use the Knoppix CD to recover files.

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Thou Shalt have a backup
by billzhills / September 18, 2005 11:13 PM PDT

Bob S

This is going to sound strange.....

I've use a USB Ext drive enclosure that allows me to twist and turn, turn on and off the bad drive. In your hand you can feel the drive working or not working. Once you find the sweet spot where the drive will respond hold it in that postion.

As this is a one time shot, be ready in Windows Explorer to copy the files over.

Bill

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Thanks To Everyone who has tried to help me....
by ursrcs / October 8, 2005 11:35 AM PDT

Thanks Everyone. I had approximately 10 Gig worth of pictures, when I rebooted, the bios found defective sectors, put them into bad blocks, now I have approximately 200 meg worth of pictures. Sad

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One more time with gusto (try this)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 8, 2005 11:41 AM PDT
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