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Re: [newtech-1] Hard drive recovery services recommendations?

From: Jonathan V.
Sent on: Thursday, November 8, 2007 10:53 AM
On Nov 7, 2007, at 7:43 PM, John Uske wrote:

> My Maxtor One Touch 160GB USB back up drive was making steady  
> clicking sounds on boot up.

When that happens, there's an old trick that works in some situations  
( it depends on the reason for the drive failure )...

	put your drive in a ziplock bag, suck out the air with a straw ( you  
actually want to get out the moisture ), and put it in the freezer  
overnight

	dropping the temp causes metal to contract, or something, and you'll  
get some utility off it until it warms up

	doesn't work in every situation, but it can get you an hour or so of  
recovery time off of each freeze

	you shouldn't do more than 2 freezes, and you need to wait about 24  
hours between each freeze ( allow condenstation to evaporate )

you should also google this document: 200 ways to revive a hard drive

in the future, there's a very easy way to handle drive failure: Raid  
1 ( mirrored set )

always buy disks in sets of two. macs support software raid ; most  
pcs now have hardware raid on the disk controller chips.  if you have  
a laptop, you still have to sync, but if you're on a desktop there is  
no reason why you shouldn't be raiding all of your drives for fault  
backup.







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