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Re: [vox-tech] hard drive recovery
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Re: [vox-tech] hard drive recovery

On Mon, Jul 29, 2002 at 01:04:42PM -0700, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> a friend (who only uses windows) had a laptop hard drive fail.  it gives
> the "click click of death" that you hear when a drive fails.
> he asked about the possibility of recovering some unbacked up data.

  If you can read any block of the drive it is possible.  I recommend
that he power off his system and do not use the drive for anything
until a replacement drive is available to extract data onto and
he is prepared to spend a few hours working on it.

> has anyone "been here" before?  what did you do?

  Done this recover from a failing hard drive thing three times in the
last 6 months, I wrote a report about two of them and sent to vox-tech...

# Date: Tue, 4 Jun 2002 14:37:21 -0400
# Subject: Seeking: HD box, ethernet cable.
# Message-ID: <20020604143721.B18981@moria.simons-clan.com>

# Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2002 16:16:09 -0400
# Subject: Re: [vox-tech] In Denial About These Hard Drive Problems
# Message-ID: <20020622161609.B1612@moria.simons-clan.com>

> do laptop IDE drives have the same interface that desktop IDE drives
> have?

  They are electronically compatible... but the size and shape of 
connector is not.  You need an adaptor and I think you have to be 
careful about orientation... I haven't fried normal ATA/IDE drives
by miss connecting, but I've heard laptop drives are killable... 

  If he doesn't want to spend the time extracting data from the drive
I would be willing to do it for him.  He would need to supply 
replacement drive and adaptor.  Depending on size of drive this 
would take about 12 hours.  Some form of compensation would be nice 
too... considering there is windows involved.

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