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"gheeh!" (c)h.azuma
written by Yayo on Sep 15, 2006 15:32
hmm..
384Mb RAM

swap file was 768 before (the double of the ram) and now is set to 2048 (due to an instant of anger! (><!)).. but I'll probably reset it to 1024 or better 1536 (768x2)...

y.
faces or a vase?
written by Tom on Oct 13, 2006 22:15
I guess this goes here, since it's hard-drive related...

Last night my drive began making the dreaded grinding and clicking noises. The bios didn't recognize it at all. Today, the BIOS recognizes it, and Knoppix mounts it, but the only files that can be read are a few text files in the root of the drive. All the folders show up as being empty. Is there any way I can recover my data? My last backup was over a year ago...
written by Cryoburner on Oct 14, 2006 04:38
It sounds like your master boot record was probably damaged. Is your hard drive formatted as FAT or NTFS? Since you seem to be able to access at least a small amount of data on the drives, you might be able to access the rest of your data, or possibly even restore the drive, at least temporarily. If it was making grinding noises, there could be some irrepairable damage though, so there are no guarantees.

You can find some suggestions for recovering your data here.
faces or a vase?
written by Tom on Oct 14, 2006 19:45
This morning, I booted Knoppix with the aim of trying out that TestDisk utility, and to my surprise the drive worked perfectly. Right now I'm in the process of copying all my stuff to a spare drive (this is a laptop, so I'm using an external drive).

I also ordered a new drive from newegg: the Hitachi 160 GB "super-perpendicular" Travelstar, which is supposed to be the most reliable laptop drive.

The one that is failing is a 60 GB Toshiba MK6025GAS. Apparently failures like mine are pretty common with that drive. (if any of you people out there have one of those, you should probably back it up. Nothing like a drive failure to teach the value of backups, I guess...)

Thanks to Cryoburner for the help. I'm glad I didn't need it.
written by Phreakcustom on Oct 14, 2006 20:08
Tom said:
Nothing like a drive failure to teach the value of backups, I guess...)
I guess i still have yet to learn that lesson. I've had many drive failures and still dont back up lol
whatever.
written by Bgreman on Oct 14, 2006 22:56
My laptop has eaten two hard drives. One was repairable, so it's now my 40gig external USB drive It's like having a 40 gig usb key.

The other is a 60gig paperweight. I haven't yet purchased a new drive to fix the laptop.
written by Stellanaut on Oct 15, 2006 16:39
Well, i dont think ive ever had a drive failure, in fact the drive im currently using was in another computer for a long time (likely a year or more), and the computer broke, but the hard drive was fine, so its been in my pc for sveral months (a greater part of a year most likely), still works like new. It's a 200 gig.
hello! :) felysian
written by Hello! :) on Oct 20, 2006 00:59
I think I'm going beyond the capability of the forums in asking this... how do I repair a damaged partion table?
The Gentoo installer I was using somehow managed to corrupt at least my partion table, maybe more. (*sigh* Hoping for the best, expecting the worst.)
So anyone got any ideas for me?
written by Cryoburner on Oct 20, 2006 02:08
Did you take a look at that article I linked to a few posts back?

It discusses some ways of possibly restoring your partition table, including using TestDisk to recover a lost partition table or boot sector.
hello! :) felysian
written by Hello! :) on Oct 20, 2006 02:26
Ok, yeah, I missed that article. I did manage to get my primary partition back. Though it appears to have suffered some corruption as I can't get windows to load on it anymore.
hello! :) felysian
written by Hello! :) on Oct 20, 2006 05:43
Hello! said:
Ok, yeah, I missed that article. I did manage to get my primary partition back. Though it appears to have suffered some corruption as I can't get windows to load on it anymore.
... and the corruption was the reordering of my partion table. I managed to load windows again.

Also I don't fully trust noncommercial tools that deal with disk editing, after all you get what you pay for. Anyway, thanks to you and Bensel (on IRC).
"gheeh!" (c)h.azuma
written by Yayo on Oct 20, 2006 15:03
Hello! : ) said: «I don't fully trust noncommercial tools that deal with disk editing»

do you want a commercial one?
spinrite6: "The industry's #1 hard drive data recovery"
just $89.00! : P
www.grc.com

y.
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