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Re: Recover Partition

On Thu, 5 Sep 2002, Skylar Thompson wrote:


> How did it die? If it's a spindle failure, then dropping them or
> freezing them can free up the spindle and buy you a bit more life.

A bug in our auto-bootup system after a power failure decided to format
their whole box :) Gotta love them buglets.

> I've got two old full-height 1GB Hitachis in a DECsystem 5000/240
> (NetBSD, not Linux) that bit the dust and refused to spin up, but
> after dropping them from about 40cm over a hard-wood floor they
> started working again. I suspect the platters or the heads were
> damaged either in the drop or from age, because I started getting bad
> sectors after a couple weeks, but that was enough time to pull the
> important data off.

I dropped an old 250Mb Western Digital hdd onto a marble floor from at
least 5 feet -- believe it or not, that hdd is still running (albeit I
don't own it anymore). They don't make things like they used too --
nowadays the h/w is getting flimsy like.

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