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Dec
11
answered What is the fastest way to securely overwrite an old hard drive?
Dec
11
comment What is the fastest way to securely overwrite an old hard drive?
@Rookie: DBAN only wipes drives you select (though I think there is a wipe all option). I think it prompts you for confirmation, too.
Dec
11
revised How do I recover data from my presumably dead hard disk
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Dec
11
comment How do I recover data from my presumably dead hard disk
@Robert: It doesn't have to be the CA-42. Mainly you just need something with the correct voltage on the drive end of the cable. The first writeup I linked to suggests a DKU-5 cable. An rs232 / TTL adapter or USB / TTL adapter will work, too (check the 3rd writeup link, 4th link total).
Dec
11
comment Testing motherboard SATA controller
That Seagate 7200.11 may have only been partially dead: sites.google.com/site/seagatefix/Home
Dec
11
comment Data recovery after failed partition resize/move
What software was doing the resize / move? What filesystem are we talking about here? NTFS?
Dec
11
comment SATA Hard drive not detecting
Drive make / model?
Dec
11
revised Hard drive fell; caught in mid-air; won't spin up
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Dec
10
answered What is better to use for big swap as an extension of RAM: SSD or 15k HDD (Cheetah)?
Dec
10
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Dec
10
comment Hard drive fell; caught in mid-air; won't spin up
I would think applying force to a drive a risky maneuver, unless you were sure the heads weren't over the platters. This is definitely method of last resort territory.
Dec
10
revised Hard drive fell; caught in mid-air; won't spin up
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revised Hard drive fell; caught in mid-air; won't spin up
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Dec
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revised Hard drive fell; caught in mid-air; won't spin up
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revised Hard drive fell; caught in mid-air; won't spin up
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answered Hard drive fell; caught in mid-air; won't spin up
Dec
9
comment Windows XP SP3 (Legal) download?
@Nimbuz: How do you know that version you found hasn't been tampered with? All manner of trojans, root kits or worse could be along for the ride.
Dec
8
comment How do I recover data from my presumably dead hard disk
@Dave: I didn't downvote you, but some folk seem to consider this fix an urban legend, while others swear it has revived a dead drive long enough to get data off. I think the lack of clarity as to exactly what the freezing is doing causes some folks to consider this a "folk remedy". There does seem to be anecdotal evidence that something is going on, though.
Dec
8
comment How do I recover data from my presumably dead hard disk
@Robert: Almost certainly the firmware bug then.
Dec
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