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    Crashed drive: whoohaachch

    It began with a ticking sound from the inside of my computer.
    Then the inevitable message came at startup of the computer that some bad sectors were suspected, press any key (anyone found that key already?).
    I disconnected the drive (yes, it was a slave!) and could work using the primary drive.

    Any suggestions how to get some of the data from the basterd drive before throwing it away?
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    Re: Crashed drive: whoohaachch

    The ticking sounds pretty terminal, I'm afraid. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 width=15 height=15>

    I would guess your options depend on how much you value the data:
    1] Find a company who are equipped to do it for you
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    2] Try running scandisk/chkdsk.

    If you go for #1 I would suggest you do not run scandisk - there is a possibility that if something is literally breaking up, the debris will spread and cause more damage. The only time this happened to me (mirrored drive luckily) it took 2 hours to 'repair' 10% of the drive, marking 90% of that bad.

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    Re: Crashed drive: whoohaachch

    Hi Leif,

    Thanks for the reply.
    Luckely it was only drive I used to dump some MP3 files on.
    Most of them I have on CD available or backed up, but there are couple I want to try to save.
    I'll just give scandisk/chkdsk a chance, I consider the drive lost anyway.

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    Have a nice weekend!

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    Re: Crashed drive: whoohaachch

    Why throw it away?

    I had an old drive which was fried.. I took it apart, and hung the peices in my cubicle... It made for a pretty good conversation peice.. "These are the heads, these are the platters..."

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    Re: Crashed drive: whoohaachch

    Hey. I had a ticking sound once. It was caused by a bad power supply. You probably don't have this problem since your other drive works OK. But, it might not be a bad idea to have it checked, maybe.

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    Re: Crashed drive: whoohaachch

    Lonnie,
    True, ticking can also be a VDU on the way out. However, in this case I would concur with the previous postings - what the manufacturers like to call *head to disk contact* otherwise known as a head-crash.

    Good luck with recovering your MP3s, Bart. Let's know how you go.
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    The end of the poor thing...

    I cooled the disk down (sometimes that helps with problems like this), no luck, the ticking sound remained.
    Scandisk just hanged on it.
    So from noo on the disk is considerded to be <img src=/S/frank.gif border=0 alt=frank width=15 height=15> dead <img src=/S/dragon.gif border=0 alt=dragon width=17 height=15>.
    As well as my CD-ROM drive by the way, that one stopt working also (it must be my lucky time of the year, what did I do to deserve this?).
    But what to do with a dead harddisk?

    My 10 year old daughter gave the solution. She told me they were working on a science project at school. So I opened the harddisk and the CD-ROM player and gave them to her. Maybe the kids at school can learn something from it (never touch a computer, learn to write with a pencil, etc.)

    Thanks for all the reactions on this one.

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    Re: The end of the poor thing...

    I have had a few of these passed to me, on one occasion I split the drive case and it live long enough to retrieve the data, or most of it!. One option for very poorly and crashed / formatted disks is lost and found, it can get the data back when the drive has been formatted etc, works great!

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    Re: The end of the poor thing...

    Could you provide an URL for "lost and found"?
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    Re: The end of the poor thing...

    Its a software package by powerquest, it cost me

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    Re: Lost & Found

    Discontinued, I'm afraid.

    The <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.powerquest.com/discontinued.html>Powerquest</A> site says:
    PowerQuest is no longer offering BootMagic, PowerQuest DataKeeper, SecondChance or Lost & Found as stand-alone products. BootMagic will continue to be part of PowerQuest's PartitionMagic, and PowerQuest DataKeeper is now included with Drive Image 4.0. In addition, PowerQuest DataKeeper and SecondChance will continue to be available to original equipment manufacturers through custom agreements with PowerQuest.

    PartitionMagic, Drive Image and DriveCopy will continue to be available in retail stores and through PowerQuest's Web store. Existing supplies of BootMagic, PowerQuest DataKeeper, SecondChance and Lost & Found will be sold by retail stores, but new supplies will not be made available and the products will no longer be offered for download from the PowerQuest Web site.

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    Re: Lost & Found

    thats a blow, still i do have a copy even though its not going to be available now or supported, shame, good product.

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