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Hard disk going down

Well, as I'm typing this one of my hard disks is going down.

Asked by: Guest | Views: 26
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Guest [Entry]

"As I answered here in another ""hard drive failing"" question:

I had success once recovering
information by placing the HDD into a
USB enclosure, placing the enclosure
into a gallon-size ziploc bag, and
placing the bag into the freezer (the
bag is to help keep condensation from
forming). I pulled data off the drive
while it was in the freezer, and got a
very strange look from the wife as she
walked by and saw the usb cord running
out of the freezer. My understanding
of the process is that the deep cold
of the freezer causes a slight
contraction of the HDD parts, bringing
them back into alignment. Like I said
- it worked for me, but no guarantees. My HDD was making a ticking sound and
would keep having problems reading
files.

Either way, the sooner you get that
data, the better.

The way I see it, it can't hurt, especially if the drive is dying. Use it as little as possible until you're recovering the data - then, do that as quickly as possible.

Edit: Not sure why the downvote, but it's well-documented on the web to have worked. http://geeksaresexy.blogspot.com/2006/01/freeze-your-hard-drive-to-recover-data.html"
Guest [Entry]

"Shut it down. Let it sit. Then, boot up some disk clone software and clone it to a hard drive of equal or greater size.

I've had good luck with this software: http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/

see: http://en.wikipediadotorg/wiki/Disk_cloning

SIDE NOTE: If you don't already, in the future, keep you system and data on separate drives (NOT partitions). It could simplify this process and spreads the work out."
Guest [Entry]

"If files are literally ""disappearing"" in front of you, I'd guess you have some sort of malicious software running on your machine. Hard drive problems usually manifest themselves as read errors, not files disappearing from a browser window. So I'd agree with the suggestion that you turn off the computer immediately, then extract the data on that disk to a new PC (or your current one with a new hard disk and a fresh OS install).

But I think there's something nasty on your system now. Make sure you kill it and don't let it spread."
Guest [Entry]

"If files are literally ""disappearing"" in front of you, I'd guess you have some sort of malicious software running on your machine. Hard drive problems usually manifest themselves as read errors, not files disappearing from a browser window. So I'd agree with the suggestion that you turn off the computer immediately, then extract the data on that disk to a new PC (or your current one with a new hard disk and a fresh OS install).

But I think there's something nasty on your system now. Make sure you kill it and don't let it spread."