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Well, I wasn't going to go all the way to windows 7 -- that is a step backwards. The OS is a tool, nothing more, and 8.1 gets the job done without the Windows 10 big-brother-you'll-install-my-updates-when-I-tell-you-to crap.
We can program with only 1's, but if all you've got are zeros, you've got nothing.
I'm wondering if anyone here has experience with a data recovery service for hopefully extracting data from a failed hard drive. The drive is a 1 TB spinner that is probably around 30% used and failed a few days ago. By failed, I mean all it will do is click for several seconds (I'm assuming it's the heads hitting the stops) after power-on...then nothing.
The drive was the main data drive in my home/office server and has stuff that I can probably live without, but would rather not if it can be retrieved affordably.
I did this a few years ago & they were able to restore whatever I needed - the drive electronics had failed.
My understanding is they replaced them and copied the data off.
It was expensive - literally paid for each file
I have backups of the most important stuff. There were however many, many folders on the drive that weren't included in the backups. I admit to becoming lackadaisical with backups regarding making sure everything was included. One important thing that has come up missing was a sql database used by the business...the last found backup is 10 months old. I thought it was safe as it's data file (mdf) was on the OS drive, however, it's log file (and backups) were on the drive that failed. I've been able to get the most important stuff back so far...that I know of now. Lesson learned.
I have had (limited) success in getting data off a failed drive by first putting it in the freezer for a few minutes.
OTOH, If you are going to pay someone to do the job, I would probably not try that first.
OTOH, she wore a glove.
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That was one of my initial thoughts, but then I read warning against it. I've handed it off to my business partner. We're sending it in to a lab to see what the expense will be. It's been a long week so far recovering, but finally everything seems to be working.
1. Buy a new identical model drive.
2. Take the circuit board off the new drive and replace the bricked circuit board with it.
3. Read all your data.
4. Put the good circuit board back onto the new drive, and voila!
The difficult we do right away...
...the impossible takes slightly longer.
That only works if the electronics failed. It won't do anything about WTF caused the hardware in kmoorevs drive to get misaligned so that the read heads are hitting the platters.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
Had a friend who lost a *very* important external drive. Basically, their entire business was on it. Contacted a few local data recovery services - picked one - handed them the bad drive and a brand new one. They recovered 99% of the data. I want to say they spent close to $1,000 for the work, but it was worth every penny.
<italic>Stuck in a dysfunctional matrix from which I must escape...
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." B. Franklin, 1783
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” BF, 1759
It is also possible that the harddrive controller went bad or glitched.
I recently had a WD drive fail but happened to buy 2 at the same time with the same Board and firmware installed. it was just a simple matter of swapping the board.
Clicking is not always the heads, it may just not be able to find the data on disk because of the firmware.