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

On 12/12/2019 8:49 AM, Sergio Chaves via Ale 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 :-) .
> --

> Hello ALE, I am new to the list and hoping to make it to one of the 
> meetings after the holidays.
Sergio, Have you determined if the drive is spinning up? If not 
spinning,? a little bump might be just what it needs.? You will not be 
able to recover anything with out the spin.

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