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Re: Disk Crash and Frog Foray

Subject: Re: Disk Crash and Frog Foray
From: Walter Knapp <>
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2003 22:43:50 -0400

> After having 2 hard drives crash over the past 2 years, I had my son inst=
> several 120 Gig external hard drives and I back up everything I work on t=
> these. All my files are each on 2 hard drives. My last hard drive that cr=
> was 60 gigs and only 6 months old!
> If you are still having trouble recovering your data from the faulty driv=
> let me know and I'll send you the name the place that I sent my drive to =
> reconstructed. They did retrieve all the data, but it was expensive!

I was doing that between the three internal 72 gig drives. Had it all
cross backed up. Then last week I did a dumb thing. I had the two
external drives empty and was going to back a lot to them, and for some
reason erased the copies I had of the drive that failed, but had not
done the copy to external. Just the window of opportunity for a drive
failure. There was nearly 50 gigs in close to 100,000 files on that
disk. I've recovered about 18 gigs so far.

It's been a very long time since I've had a disk failure. Maybe because
I've always used the top end Quantum drives. They are designed for use
in enterprise servers, so are hardly working in personal use. This drive
that failed was nearly two years old.

The data is intact on the disk, but because of the vibration it is hard
to get it to mount. When it does I can grab a bit more before it loses
it again, the vibration varies. I might be interested in doing the data
recovery route, as the platters are ok and there is quite a bit of stuff
here and there not backed up. I'm evaluating if there is anything worth
the money.

My audio is, of course always recoverable by going back to the minidiscs
if necessary. And in some cases that will be necessary with some recent
recordings. It's more audio files that I've done a lot of processing on
that were not backed up yet. I have some of it on intermediate audio CD's.

How expensive? This is going to eat a big hole in my time any way I do it.



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