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Posted by Jeremy Moberg on February 5, 2004, 5:22 pm
Hello group,

I just had my hard drive fail, and the thing I miss most is all of my back
issues of Home.  I am looking to replace the copies that I did not have
backed up on CD's.  Can anyone help me replace these electronic issues, I am
looking for issues between #76 to #98.  Does anybody know about retrieving
files off of failed hard drives.


Posted by SayItAgain on February 6, 2004, 1:04 am
Depends on how it failed.  If you can't boot from it but it works otherwise
then install it as the second drive in a system and read the files off it.
If it won't spin up or is unreadable once you do then I'd look for copies of
what you want from another source as the cost of retrieving files from the
drive is pretty stiff.

FYI - if it won't boot and you can come up with a bootable floppy that
contains FDISK.COM then try the following:

Boot from the floppy
Assuming the non-booting HD is drive C: execute the following:


This rewrites the master boot record which is a common reason a drive will
quit booting.  It doesn't matter whether the drive is formatted FAT, FAT32,
or NTFS as the boot record is a different format.

Posted by Martin Riddle on February 6, 2004, 4:37 am
 I've  heard for failed bearings in a hard drive, place the drive in a freezer.
This will loosen up the bearings enough to get the
drive to spin up.


Posted by Sam Doyle on February 6, 2004, 5:16 pm
 I have heard of this working too (never tried it personally though). If it
does work copy the data off of it right away because the drive will most
likely fail again when it warms up to temp.

freezer. This will loosen up the bearings enough to get the


Posted by Synaptic Flow on February 6, 2004, 5:40 pm
 I've managed to do it with one drive, a Fujitsu, It gave me enough time to
get part of the data off at a time. I used to sling it in the freezer in a
couple of plastic bags for about 5 hours each time.


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