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    Default A Lesson Learned ...

    ... is a lesson shared!

    Regular readers of these forums will already be aware that this contributor recently lost a hard disk. In fact much more than that, I lost some video footage of a recently departed family member. I also lost all my prep work for the competition and was unable to enter.

    The good news is that I sent my crashed disk to one of those Data Recovery experts. Thankully they managed to recover my data, including those all important video clips. It cost me a few pounds (sterling) though!

    All of this because I forgot to back up a few files. Please learn from my mistake. Backup regularly. And if its video, only use your DV Tapes once, that way you will always be able to get back to where you started.

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    I'll agree with that. I work in a computer workshop at The University Of Manchester, and I hate when I have to tell a student that, sorry, your hard disc is broken and has taken the only copy of your three years dissertation work with it. It happens far too often.

    (FWIW, if it does happen to you, before you try sending it away, first of all, put your hard disc in an airtight bag (with those packs of silica gel if you have any), stick it in the freezer for a few hours, then try it back in your PC, boot the PC up and back the data up immediately. It doesn't seem to work most of the time, but it has worked enough times for us to consider trying it again.

    Another option is to find the exact same model of your hard disc and swap the circuitry round. One guy bought an identical hard drive off ebay and managed to get his data back. Again, this doesn't work most of the time (and it won't work if you have a head crash or other mechanical problem), but it's quite often worth a try.

    After that, it's lots 'n' lots of cash to have it sent away to a specialist.

    That's today's lecture over with.

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    Funnily enough I did try the 'Identical Disk from Ebay Approach' to try swapping the controller cards. But alas the problem wasn't with the controller card. Some friends also tried mounting the drive on their kit, but to no avail.

    I was aware of the Freezer trick, but given the value of the Video Footage, I was too scared to try it in case it completely goosed my data.

    But alls well that ends well, at least I finally got my data back.

    If your students ever need a practical lesson, then simply ask them to email me, and I will avail them of my new found wisdom.

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    I managed to mess up my parents disk when building them a new PC from my old bits (well, actually I forgot to ask what they wanted to keep and deleted the partition table and then it went down hill from there). Managed to recoever the whole drive.

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    With 16x DVD drives available for 45 or so, there is noooo excuse any more...
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    With 16x DVD drives available for 45 or so, there is noooo excuse any more...
    I meant, of course, 16x writable DVD drives. Of course. But you knew that.
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    well backing up 300gigs to 4.7 gigs DVD's is NOT fun! What drives were these BTW? I have had TERRIBLE problems with Western Digital.. and the CLICK OF DEATH.

    There is a program called ACTIVE SMART that monitors HDD's I recommend this. You should have seen the amount of errors on a HDD i was getting before it died..
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    I was thinking of the NEC ND-3500, which is tremedously well reviewed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DV_Ed
    well backing up 300gigs to 4.7 gigs DVD's is NOT fun! What drives were these BTW? I have had TERRIBLE problems with Western Digital.. and the CLICK OF DEATH.

    There is a program called ACTIVE SMART that monitors HDD's I recommend this. You should have seen the amount of errors on a HDD i was getting before it died..
    From experience, I have had issues with every single brand of hard disc. No matter what people buy, there's going to be someone that's had trouble with one. My personal preferences are, in no particular order, Hitachi, Western Digital and Seagate.

    So, this Active SMART, what's it like then? Is it more thorough than BIOS based SMART utilities?

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    Mike have you tried the fix for the nasty screaching on Hitachi drives?

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