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Author Topic: Rescuing a Knackered HD?  (Read 765 times)

Alex Atkin UK

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Re: Rescuing a Knackered HD?
« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2021, 09:03:55 AM »

I actually knocked one of my backup drives off a shelf while it was running a few months back, it jammed the head. :(

I've been meaning to give it another whack to see if I can revive it and use it for unimportant data such as game installs, though I suspect the platters are probably pretty trashed.
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Re: Rescuing a Knackered HD?
« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2021, 10:11:37 AM »

Why accept defeat, just try a Linux live distro, its not difficult. If it works it works, if it doesn't you are no worse off.
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Re: Rescuing a Knackered HD?
« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2021, 11:47:56 AM »

Why accept defeat, just try a Linux live distro, its not difficult. If it works it works, if it doesn't you are no worse off.
Agree - nothing to lose and you might even find that you like Linux. I'm typing this on an old HP laptop running Linux Mint and which does everything I need for everyday use. I do use Win10 as well but if that disappeared tomorrow I could certainly keep going quite happily with this.
The modern distros are plug-and-play on the whole and no more challenging to install than Windows. A live distro as mentioned just boots from USB or DVD so doesn't need you to actually install it at all.
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Re: Rescuing a Knackered HD?
« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2021, 04:55:56 PM »

Now I come to think of it, the problem could be mechanical, as I used to hear an occasional click coming from the tower, say 2/3 times a day, but since I removed the errant drive (2 days ago) I've not heard it at all.  I didn't bother to try and investigate as it could have some from anywhere, or just been the result of a bit of thermal expansion somewhere.
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Re: Rescuing a Knackered HD?
« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2021, 01:01:02 AM »

The clicking is not always indicative of a failing drive these days, all the drives in my NAS make the odd noise that at first had me going "oh crap, is a drive failing".  Of course that depends, if its a LOUD click like the head suddenly smashing into the spindle, that could be.
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Re: Rescuing a Knackered HD?
« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2021, 11:44:37 AM »

Seagate drives have the ticking heads/chirping noise when reading... always makes me nervous  :no:
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Re: Rescuing a Knackered HD?
« Reply #21 on: October 11, 2021, 08:05:20 PM »

It was a WD.
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Re: Rescuing a Knackered HD?
« Reply #22 on: October 13, 2021, 10:33:54 AM »

Today I had to remove one of the SATA drives from my machine - the one I use for backups and archive storage. Anyway Windows was so long booting up this morning, even trying a scan and repair of the errant drive before getting to the desktop, but Windows had more or less ground to a halt because it was struggling to recognise the drive, so physical removal was the quick fix solution.  I found my old hard drive USB caddy and popped it in there to try it, but once again Windows was not recognising it and things ground to a halt.

So my question is, what are my options if Windows won't recognise it to the point where I could try some recovery and repair tools?  I'd like to be able to recover the data as some of it is quite valuable and I've accumulated it over a long period of time.

Nobody backs up their backups, right?

So to understand its more like an archive than a backup? a backup is a backup of data you have elsewhere, and I am guessing some of this data is "only" in your backup?

If the drive is in a bad enough state that the OS is struggling to even recognise it, then its past the point of any advice I could offer, so I only offer you best of luck in recovering it.

After its recovered consider a cloud service to backup, its probably more efficient to use something like onedrive or backblaze, than buying physical hardware to backup data, especially considering you would have to routinely replace that hardware every X years as well.
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