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The tech guy at a school. I sometimes have free time to help others in need.


Jan
6
comment SEAGATE HD UNMOUNTED DAEMON INHIBITED
There is nothing worse than spending a ton of money on expensive data recovery when all that was wrong was a bad sector. That's the only thing that spinrite will prevent. It can tell you in about 5 minutes if the drive needs to go to an expert or not.
Jan
6
comment SEAGATE HD UNMOUNTED DAEMON INHIBITED
@ppumkin - I've had multiple instances of spinrite saving a computer. I've also have had multiple instances where spinrite does absolutely nothing. It depends on the condition of the drive and what is actually wrong. I've had un-mountable volumes come back after spinrite found some bad sectors in the first 1% of the drive. Just attempting to read the first few sectors can tell you a lot of what is going on. If spinrite has problems reading the drive, then it's probably a mechanical/electrical issue and outside the skill level of most users.
Jan
6
comment SEAGATE HD UNMOUNTED DAEMON INHIBITED
Just to be clear to everyone, Spinrite is designed to be used on drives without mechanical or electrical problems. It does best when you are trying to recover a bad sector or a mangled file. If the drive is clicking, don't bother. The drive is too damaged to use this software title.
Jan
6
comment SEAGATE HD UNMOUNTED DAEMON INHIBITED
@ppumkin - So what do you suggest? Your comment above talks about going to hddguru which is mainly a collection of free software drive utilities. If there is a mechanical or electrical problem, you don't want to use anything on that site because it may cause a bad drive to fail. The only thing I think would be useful is the scenario you mention is the Raw Copy Tool. It will copy of the contents of the platter to a working drive so you can then use other software titles to re construct your data.
Jan
6
comment SEAGATE HD UNMOUNTED DAEMON INHIBITED
@ppumkin - If the hardware is bad, you are right, there is nothing that can be done by a local user. If the drive can read the platter, Spinrite will do a sector by sector read of the data and try to recover it. It's a last ditch effort before you either call in an expensive data recovery export or give up and trash the drive.
Dec
1
answered WirelessN Access Point 300Mbps only at 65Mbps (Windows)
Dec
1
answered PsExec runs remote GUI as black screen - Windows7
Nov
21
comment What is the correct syntax to exclude a folder's contents but not the folder itself
That should copy the folder but not the contents. The where clause only affects files. If you want to limit folders, you have to use "$_.Name" or "$_.FullName" depending on the situation.
Nov
18
answered What is the correct syntax to exclude a folder's contents but not the folder itself
Nov
2
answered Adobe Font Folio fonts unreadable on Windows 7 64-bit
Oct
17
awarded  Notable Question
Oct
12
comment Built a computer and it shuts itself down - not heat, not PSU
Memtest is an interesting tool that only checks to make sure that the sectors on your ram sticks are good. This test does not put a heavy load on the RAM so you won't catch performance issues with this. I think you are on the right track. This sounds like a motherboard bug. Overvolting the RAM might solve the problem, but you may also fry your memory. If you still have problems, it may take a new/different motherboard to solve your problem.
Oct
10
awarded  Notable Question
Sep
26
answered Problem with ASUS V2S lcd screen - Inverter or Lcd screen?
Sep
26
comment Technically 'pirating' software?
When it comes to the Ghosting of machines, you can technically have multiple backup images of your OS on multiple hard drives. As long as those images/drives are not in use, it's 100% OK with Microsoft. All they care about is the number of actively installed "seats" on working computers.
Sep
23
comment Get a new computer or Graphics card?
MaskedPlant is right, the system is really old (early 2000's). You are probably having problems because the Aero Desktop. Your video card is most likely culprit, but it would be better to get a new system. The general rule of thumb is to replace your machine every 4 to 6 years.
Sep
15
answered NTFS permissions - “Inherited from”?
Sep
15
comment NTFS permissions weird inheritance (second take!)
So I notice that the "Users" group has two entries: one with Read & execute, the other with Special. Does the lockdown account retain permissions when both of the "Users" entries in the security tab are removed. Could you also include a screenshot of the members of the "Users" group? That may show us what is going on.
Sep
15
awarded  Yearling
Jun
13
answered Unsigned 64-bit RAID drivers during Windows 7 setup?