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She blinded me...with thinness!

Can I use a thumbdrive to be my macbook air's only hard drive? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on May 3, 2011 - 7 answers

Primary Master Drive failure on old and new drive after cloning

I have an old windows 2000 box. I recently used Acronis to clone the primary master drive. I have done this a number of times before with other boxes and even with this box. When i swapped the disks and tried to reboot, BIOS detects the disk ok, but then i get a Primary master disk failure message. So i put back the old drive and I get the same messge! I would be surprised if Acronis did something to both old and new disks during the cloning process. I can access the disk contents fine on other boxes using USB setup. So can the IDE cable have gone bad suddenly. Is it possible the bios detects the disks but cannot find boot information because of faulty IDE cable ?? [more inside]
posted by flyby22 on Apr 27, 2010 - 5 answers

Hope me MeFi - I need my old pics.

Is it possible to recover a failing hard drive, when it's making a clicking sound? Is there a cheap way? [more inside]
posted by TuxHeDoh on Feb 4, 2010 - 23 answers

Help me fix a hard drive that fails at 86%

How can I recover anything off this hard drive that fails low level scans at 86%? [more inside]
posted by patrad on Dec 24, 2009 - 5 answers

Hard drive fails SMART status.

What to do about a hard drive failure? Disk Utility says my SMART status is failing. [more inside]
posted by ofthestrait on Jan 23, 2009 - 6 answers

Hard Drive Purgatory

The Last-External-Hard-Drive-I-Ever-Buy is stuck between heaven and hell. Can anyone please help me figure out how to rescue it? [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Sep 2, 2008 - 5 answers

Save my data before the disk asplode

My external hard-drive's on the fritz. What can I do to make sure I get all my data off it before it goes? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Jun 3, 2008 - 5 answers

My dell hates me!

I have a Dell Inspiron 600m that has a weird problem: USB flash drives aren't detected at all, but other usb devices (i.e. external usb harddrives) work perfectly fine. Clean install of Windows with updated drivers does not fix this problem. My google-fu apparently isn't sophisticated enough to dig up a solution. Ideas?
posted by jytsai on May 30, 2008 - 6 answers

How can I accurately determine which drive is actually failing?

One of my hard drives threw a SMART error last night, but the symptoms are inconsistent with the self-diagnosis. What is the best way to do further testing? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga on Oct 31, 2007 - 9 answers

3rd TB hard drive failure in 6 weeks. Am I doing something wrong?

3rd TB hard drive failure in 6 weeks. Am I doing something wrong? [more inside]
posted by 4Lnqvv on Jun 21, 2007 - 15 answers

How do I retrieve the files from a hard drive without HD enclosure?

My computer recently crapped out and I desperately need to get back the files on my hard drive. I bought a HD enclosure which did not help me out. I tried to change the permission on the files, but it kept telling me that I need to format everything. Is there any other way I could get my files back? (The computer is completely done, but the hard drive is alive.) [more inside]
posted by cheero on Feb 28, 2007 - 14 answers

Freeze HD or Knoppix?

I turn computer on then drive spins up and then a very low click and the machine turns off! My question is will I benefit from putting this drive (120GB) in the freezer in a plastic bag then trying again or should I try and read from Knoppix, though I don't know if the machine will even boot enough for me to get to the BIOS to change the drive order and boot from CD.
posted by thinktwice on Jan 18, 2007 - 9 answers

Data recovery experience?

So, my friend's harddrive got wiped. Lost a year's worth of high-res artwork. Does anyone have experience with using a data recovery service? I'm looking specifically for price information, how much data was retrievable, and potentially a recommendation. [more inside]
posted by still on Aug 28, 2006 - 18 answers

Free S.M.A.R.T. app?

I need a free S.M.A.R.T. drive diagnostic app that will run in my systray and poll my drive every so often and warn me if there are problems. I've found a few but nothing free. Come on, there's gotta be at least one. WinXP.
posted by skallas on May 18, 2005 - 5 answers

External Hard Drive Failure

Is there any way to recover data from an external USB 2/Firewire hard drive that has apparently decided to stop working? [more inside]
posted by cathodeheart on May 11, 2005 - 7 answers

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