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[ale] HDD Locked Up - Wife business pics in it!

Thanks, ordering one now.

On Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 9:25 AM Pete Hardie <pete.hardie at gmail.com> wrote:

> I've had good luck with a SATA2USB cable for grabbing the content off old
> Windows drives, and they are not expensive
> On Thu, Dec 12, 2019, 08:49 Sergio Chaves via Ale <ale at ale.org> wrote:
>> Hi all, it has been a long time since I last posted here. Job changed,
>> got away from Linux servers setup and all the good stuff, mostly Windows
>> stuff around here. Not much time to play with it anymore due to traveling
>> <sobbing/choking> and the only thing left is my home gig - a couple servers
>> and my personal laptop <picking myself up as "she" is looking at me now>.
>> Windows 8.1 (Wife did not like 10). Put a Seagate 4TB drive for her pics
>> only maybe 2 years ago. HDD locked up unexpectedly, with no warning signs
>> whatsoever. Backups are done 3 x week BUT, "she" forgot to mention that it
>> has been failing for the past two weeks - she has been very busy ;-) - and
>> she has been hitting the "Cancel" button <my fault for not asking if
>> everything is working fine to remind her>.
>> For some strange reason, the OS will not boot if HDD is connected; it
>> crashes hard at boot and Windows offer the Repair Tools to fix it. Removing
>> the drive allows it to boot normally.
>> Recovery systems as well as Live CDs shows the HDD available but cannot
>> mount it and no significant error message in logs, just "cannot mount
>> drive".
>> Thinking about either a) Install OS on different PC and add the drive as
>> "Slave" or b) Buying a SATA2USB converter and try mounting it as an USB
>> device. Anything else you can suggest or is it time to throw the towel and
>> send it somewhere for recovery? If recovery, any places you can suggest?
>> In the old days, I used to tap the HDD a bit (or a lot) and would spin
>> back to life enough for me to mount it and get what I need off of it.
>> Haven't tried that yet because I do not know how these newer drives behave.
>> I am not yet on desperate mode but just started to remove all the cutlery
>> and potential harmful silverware from near me, just in case :-) .
>> --
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