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

Another trick is to seal drive in plastic bad and put in the freezer. Run usb cable out of freezer to ddrescue system.

Last trick is to find another drive with same make and model and swap electronic board. 

The absolute last ditch effort is then take the replacement drive and dead drive, wear surgeon gloves, put all needed tools and drives in a very large, clear plastic bag and have your hands taped into the bag. Move the old platters to the new drive or move new motor to old drive. Yeah, it can work. Don't try moving the heads.

On December 15, 2019 8:18:01 PM EST, Sergio Chaves via Ale <ale at ale.org> wrote:
>> Unfortunately, photorec was unable to recover anything after close to
>> hours running.
>> Trying ddrescue (ddrescue-GUI) now. Hope is all but gone as almost 30
>> minutes into it and nothing but read errors on screen ??
>> On Sat, Dec 14, 2019, 10:20 AM DJ-Pfulio via Ale <ale at ale.org> wrote:
>>> I'm with Steve and Sam here.
>>> IMHO,
>>> The only things you should be doing with the failing disk is using
>>> ddrescue to clone it at the device level.  /dev/sdZ  you can store
>>> onto another disk or into a file on a disk that's huge.  It will
>take a
>>> long time and try multiple times to recover the data, but it will
>>> most of it on the first attempt with just the bad sectors needing
>>> multiple attempts.
>>> sudo ddrescue /dev/sdZ  /media/path/to/HUGE/sdZ.file  /tmp/log
>>> AFTER you get a clone, then you can send logical data recovery after
>>> I have to say this ... having daily, automatic, versioned, backups
>>> stuff like this is a minor inconvenience.  photorec isn't exactly
>>> friendly.  It will find all sorts of files on the disk, multiple
>>> versions, and you'll end up with tens or more of each file. Which is
>>> current version?  Say you have 10,000 files ... each with multiple
>>> versions.  It won't be fun.
>>> As for the SMART data, I'd need to see the full output to read it.
>>> raw data is the most important, but need all the columns.  "Old-age"
>>> gets set BEFORE you open the disk up.  Picked up an 8TB a few weeks
>>> to be used for backups, and ran smartctl. Some of the attributes
>>> already marked as "old-age" with less than 10 minutes of spin time.
>>> On 12/13/19 9:28 PM, Steve Litt via Ale wrote:
>>> > On Fri, 13 Dec 2019 12:30:59 -0500
>>> > Sergio Chaves via Ale <ale at ale.org> wrote:
>>> >
>>> >
>>> >> I was then able to see the drive.
>>> >> The dd command says "error reading /dev/sdb : Input/Output error"
>>> >
>>> > Use ddrescue. Unlike dd, ddrescue is meant to read files or
>>> > with bad sectors. Be sure to use the log file.
>>> >
>>> > I once got a music CD at a garage sale. It was all scratched up
>>> > wouldn't play on any CD player, standalone or in a PC. I used
>>> > on it. It took hours, but I was able to get it sounding just like
>>> > except in one short stretch.
>>> >
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