[SATLUG] Data Recovery help!
horned0wl93 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 14 16:32:02 CDT 2008
> I was sadly informed by the WD Smart Monitoring app that my WD MyBook
> 500GB HD that I've had less than a year is critically failing. Any
> attempts to copy any data off results in a "I/O Device Error" in
> Windows. Yeah, I'm boned.
> I'm desperate!! I'm looking for ANY solution to get the data off that
> drive, even if I have to install some bastardized version of QNX and
> mesh it with BSD to allow me to read this drive so I can pull the
> 300+GB data off of it and onto another machine on the network.
> The hard drive is the External USB 2.0 MyBook 500GB edition. I went
> so far as to extract the drive from the case to find out that it's a
> regular SATA drive. I can see the root directory structure in
> Windows XP, but any attempt to copy any directories results in an IO
> error. The drive doesn't appear to have any physical crash issues, no
> scraping or kathunk click of death sounds coming from it.
> I've got the drive in the icebox right now, praying I can get the data
> off after it cools. My last 7 years of my computing/hacking/linux
> life are on that drive and it's the biggest drive on the LAN, but I
> can spread the data off of it onto other chunks throughout the LAN. I
> haven't had a hard drive critically fail on me in the past four years,
> now all of a sudden my biggest HD dies.
> Please help!!
> P.S. So, WD is crap now, what HD manufacturers do you recommend?
> Seagate any good?
I've also just had a WD 250GB hard drive give up the ghost, with several
years of acquired media content on it. Its bad enough that is blocks my
Windoze server from booting; It spins-up nicely in a USB external
housing, but won't read - even on a Linux box. Any clues on that?
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