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comment Internal hard drive is dying. Is this the right procedure to recover data (with ddrescue)?
FWIW: I've heard a thing, though I have not had a disk break recently enough to corroborate personally, that sometimes when a HDD fails, it's an issue with the circuit board which is screwed/glued to the bottom of the drive shell, rather than a mechanical failure. If your drive is so FUBAR that you can't POST it, maybe check if you can get a replacement circuit board cheaply and replace it by hand. The boards typically come off with 4 screws and unplugging the serial cable. If the board is indeed broke and the disk is good, you should have a happy drive. Research it for yourself if you wish.
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