So my hard drive is dead!

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  1. Chosen

    Chosen Space Ninja

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    Long live the HD. Or not.

    So yeah, fun times. I'm currently on my same computer, running off a Knoppix DVD, which is surprisingly nice. Iceweasel is a lot like being in cozy old Firefox, but without all the useful bookmarks and saved passwords.

    The bulk of my important stuff is handled one way or another. I'd already reduced all my games to Steam's stuff, so getting them back will be no problem. I already kept most of my TV shows on a separate internal drive, which works perfectly. Documents and projects are already backed up to a thumb drive. That just leaves some inconsequential stuff, but I was unable to save my music and a few other shows in time.

    I am new to this Linux stuff, though I've already grasped the basics. I got Knoppix specifically because I'd heard that it could help me access those older files on my drive, at least long enough to move them, but I'm clueless as to how. Basically, I'm just looking for any sort of help I can get right now, even if unrelated to that. Thanks guys!
     
  2. Sol Fury

    Sol Fury The British Butcher Administrator News Staff

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    I know how rough it is to have a computer break down on you like that. I'm glad to hear that most of your stuff is secure, although I've got no clue how to get into that other HD. Depends entirely on how far gone it is, too, I'd imagine.
     
  3. yodafett

    yodafett Well-Known Member

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    True, depends on the nature of the failure. Was it a physical problem with the platters, the motor, Master Boot Record, etc?
     
  4. Cheetatron

    Cheetatron Eh

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    How much porn did you lose?
     
  5. Cloud Strife

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    exactly, do u know y it failed? that will make it alot easier to figure out if it can be saved or not.
     
  6. toma

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    a few years ago my mbr corrupted and i thought i'd need to format, but i was able to fix it using a linux boot disk that my brother gave to me. such strange irony, saving a windows xp installation by using linux.
     
  7. Chosen

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    None. :lol 

    Yeah, I suppose mentioning that would be of some help: it's definitely a physical issue.

    For some time, maybe a year, my hard drive have been noisier than usual. Every so often, if I was doing something particularly resource-intensive, the computer would freeze, I'd hear the drive start spinning, then normal use resumed.

    More recently, the issue finally started affecting startup. A loud. repeated clicking would ensue, and this prevented the computer from booting up.

    Even with that issue, I've been able to get it to actually start, if I restarted the computer often enough. Yesterday was the worst it's ever gotten, and when I started panicking because I'd done nothing to backup data. Just when I did research online, seeing that it was the HD dying on me and that the forceful, repeated startups were doing no good, I finally got it working. That's when I managed to back up or simply delete a majority of the files I had. My Firefox settings and bookmarks and my music were the only notable files that I failed to back up in time.
     
  8. MegaMoonMan

    MegaMoonMan www.megamoonman.com TFW2005 Supporter

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    You could always try the freezer trick.
     
  9. Chosen

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    That's the thing. I can't get it out of the computer at all. There was more than enough space to install and screw in the other hard drive I own, but it's impossible to unscrew that one. I would have to literally rip the casing apart.
     
  10. yodafett

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    if you heard a ticking noise, at least some of the platters are probably toast, that's frequently the sound of a head bouncing off the platters... *tick* spin *tick* spin *tick*?
     
  11. Napjr

    Napjr <b><font color=gold>Mr. Internet</font><br><font c Veteran

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    I hear ya man! got the same problem today with my old drive... at least was a secondary drive i was using so at least, i can try to test it with several programs to see if i can save all my files. Many were already backup, but several stuff was getting saved the last couple of weeks
     

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