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Old 02-17-2007, 07:42 PM   #11 (permalink)
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OT - I have an external HD. How can I back up my OS and such incase of my main HD failing. And how would that help me when I get a new HD? Sorry if these questions are noob.
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Old 02-18-2007, 12:49 AM   #12 (permalink)
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right click on all the files u wanna backup and copy em over to the external including windows
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OK I think the drive has officially stopped working because all it does is say insert system disk and press enter There were no other signs of failure except for 1 warning message ( see top) then no more. but I can still boot from cds, is there any way to fix the drive?
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do you have a floppy disk in?
sometimes it will give that message if a non-bootable floppy is in the drive
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No floppy in the drive. now I have to unhook the ribbon to the drive or the computer just sits there saying detecting ide drives and goes no further, won't even let me in the bios. But with it unhooked it boots from cd alright.
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May (s)he rest in peace.


I'm using a program called HDD Health to monitor my hds. Of course it can't magically cure dead drives, but it can tell many things about hds, such as temp, unstable sectors, reallocated sectors, uncorrectable sectors, crc error count, power on hours, max. avg. rms current. etc. etc. It also estimates the funeral date for each hd.


http://www.snapfiles.com/get/hddhealth.html

HDD Health is a full-featured hard disk failure-prediction agent that monitors your drives and provides detailed information about each. It uses S.M.A.R.T technology to estimate the T.E.C for each drive and displays extended information for each. You can set alerts (email, sound, popup network) and be notified when there are any problems.

But now, wipe your tears, cause it's autopsy time! You can find shiny, cool looking metal platters inside. Makes a perfect necklaceand it'll get you some serious respect, dawg! Also, you might be able to obtain a very powerful magnet! Test it with your monitor and wrist watch.
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so theres no way to fix it and get all my files off it is that what your saying.
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Well, you might be able to recover some data... but you'd probably have to go through a lot of hassle. And perhaps even pay for it.

Years ago, I also had some major problems with my hd, bios didn't recognize the whole drive anymore. I took it to a friend and used a program called Tiramisu (http://www.rainbowpcm.com/tiramisu.html) and was able to recover a lot of files. But that was in the FAT-era, I don't know about the new programs.

*googling*

There's one (also free trial version)
http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/

And more: http://www.programmersheaven.com/zon...t733/index.htm

And of course there are these professional services that can do miracles to damaged hds, but I don't think they're exactly cheap...

So if you have plenty of free time and guerilla attitude, knock yourself out, but it'd probably be just easier to buy a new one. Especially since you didn't have any vital data there(?).

Just out of curiosity, what exact hd was it and how long did you use it?
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All fixed
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Was the cable loose or something?
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