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A possible way of getting data off a dying hard disk
Authored by: sammich on Nov 06, '06 03:23:26AM

I had a dead PB 15 inch, one day I came home to fan-whirring-black-screen, no response. So I forced a restart and it sounded as if it would startup normally for about 2 seonds then it stalls, with the spinning grey thing.

I went through everything, disk util, firewire, and terminal (the disk dumping-into-image thing -can't remember the command-). Using Target Disk Mode, it PB HDD wouldn't even show up sometimes (using disktool -l). All was lost, until I found DW, rebuilt the dir like a charm, started backing up everything was going smoothly. That was until I realised that (using Acitivity Viewer) that the transfer seed was going about 300 kbps...max. Then it hit me (about 3 hours later, and roughly 1%) I have another (external) drive which has the same problem, it would work 95% of the time if I put it on some angle even slight, like say putting a PB battery on one end. While copying my 40 gb of music and photos, I (simultaneously watching activity viewer) tilted the PB on about a 10 degree angle, and watched the trailing red and green disappear, the speed jumped to about 30mb/s+ and it finished in about an half and hour, as opposed to an eternity.
Anyway, applecare replaced the HDD, but not an entirely happy ending though, there were some files that were royally corrupted (like my entourage email DB, ARRRRGHHHH!).

mbp 17 inch in 2 weeks should console me.

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