The fight continues

The fight with the dying external hard drive continues.  I have been able to salvage quite a bit so far, but the CRC errors seem to be happening more and more frequently.

In addition the drive has started doing other odd things.  Sometimes I can browse the file structure but if I try and copy or open any actual files, it tells me the drive cannot be found.  That was a trip.  This morning the drive started making a faint clicking noise.  New noises are never a good thing when it comes to hard drives.  Never.  Never Ever.  Other times, it just seems to stop accessing completely and I have to unplug the power.  The drive is fubar.  It’s just a matter of time.

Of course the icing on the cake is that the drive was purchased in the States which means my warranty is only valid in the States.  So unless I feel like coughing up for some serious shipping costs, I’m probably better off just buying a new one here.

And to think I bought that thing to keep the hassles to a minimum….

4 Responses to “The fight continues”

  1. rev_matt_y says:

    Have you considered putting in the freezer before mounting it? We’ve had that problem here with Maxtor drives and when they die LAN Support has been able to get them working again long enough to recover data by freezing them before putting them in another machine as a slave drive.

  2. yoshi says:

    That’s an awesome suggestion, I’ve heard of this working great miracles getting data off hard drives.

    Something to consider.

  3. Insomnic says:

    I have also tried that… with a mix of success. It usually only works when the only problem is loose mechanicals. Hopefully not too loose.

    Of course you have backups right!?

    A cheap NAS or External USB with RAID isn’t too hard to come by these days. I picked one up recently and have breathed a sigh of relief ever since. I know my 6000 photos and my huge music collection and my tax forms, etc will be okay — unless the house explodes.

  4. cybrpunk says:

    Actually, I had totally forgotten about the cold trick. I’m not sure I want to do that here though. With the amount of humidity here, I’m afraid the electronics of the drive board or the enclosure would condensate immediately after removal from the freezer. Thus making it go *poof* when electricity is added.

    Very good suggestion normally. Just not in high humidity environments.

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