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chrisla
2015-10-22, 12:04
I could not make this up if I tried...

I have a drive that is failing. I put it in an external enclosure to try to
work out what can be recovered from it.

Running a directory listing it got as far as:

../20070715/Pink Martini and then quit...

Longtime followers will see the extreme irony in that.

Maybe my homesick squeezeboxes have been playing it all along at night
wearing a special groove right there in my drive.

-Chris

epoch1970
2015-10-22, 14:00
I could not make this up if I tried...

I have a drive that is failing. I put it in an external enclosure to try to
work out what can be recovered from it.

Running a directory listing it got as far as:

../20070715/Pink Martini and then quit...

Longtime followers will see the extreme irony in that.

Maybe my homesick squeezeboxes have been playing it all along at night
wearing a special groove right there in my drive.

-Chris

Your HDD is dying of physical causes. It must have a worn out bearing.
I have revived long enough drives suffering of this ailment by wrapping them in plastic bags and putting them in the fridge for a while. Until the drive reached normal temperature, I could mount it and backup data.
In the most extreme case, I've had to keep the drive in the freezer while downloading from it...

Obviously you have to be careful with what you're doing, electricity and condensation don't mix well, and putting a power source inside a fridge is a stupid idea.
But, if you have no other choice, you can try to refrigerate your drive and, hopefully, get past Pink Martini ...

DJanGo
2015-10-22, 14:33
I dont think that the freezer trick still works on some newer drives anymore...

That trick only works in the old days, where 160 GB drives were highend stuff.

A drive (even if its cooled with dryice) gets hot to soon to get some data out of it.
In the old days that wasnt a issuebut todays drives are bigger (capacity) and smaller (between the separate tracks and sectors)

epoch1970
2015-10-23, 03:09
I'm sure the last time I've tried this with success was a couple (not a dozen ;) years ago.
Obviously if we're talking of a multi-TB drive, copying is so long there is less chance of complete recovery.