[ILUG] Dead Hard Disk
ronan at iol.ie
Mon Jul 20 21:20:47 IST 2009
I'm hoping somebody can shed a bit of light in the "tips to bring a disk
back to life for long enough to rsync off it" department.
I've a Toshiba laptop hard disk which has run absolutely fine for the
past 3 years. No occasional errors, no SMART warnings (not that I
looked much), no nasty noises.
I shut the laptop down this morning after a 4 day uptime. Drove into
town, turned it on again a couple of hours later and got the grub>
prompt rather than the usual menu. Further investigation when I got
home suggests the disk is 100% dead (the BIOS is now just saying
'Operating system not found'). It doesn't even sound like it's
spinning up. I've booted off a floppy and the kernel shows half a
dozen attempts to read hda before giving up.
Any suggestions? Any ideas how much a commercial hard disk recovery
would cost? I don't hold out much hope. There's nothing particularly
critical on the disk, but it'd be nice to do a final rsync before I take
the sledgehammer to it.
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