[ale] OT: Migrating off dying HDD
H. A. Story
adrin at bellsouth.net
Thu Nov 17 09:25:08 EST 2005
Why not just put the PC in the freezer. Run power, video,mouse and
keyboard out. Then work away. Just let anyone see you trying it.. :)
Bob Toxen wrote:
>Put the drive in your refrigerator or freezer, either near the fan or
>also put a small fan in.
>If you still cannot get more than a few minutes operations, either
>rsync (like someone else suggested) or use the dd program to copy until
>it dies, then cool and re-invoke dd with the skil and seek options
>to pick up after the last good block already copied.
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>On Mon, Nov 14, 2005 at 01:05:25PM -0500, John Mills wrote:
>>I have a problem repairing a friend's MsWin Dell 'Inspiron 2600' notebook.
>>The old HDD will only run a few minutes before it ceases to respond,
>>probably due to internal overheating. I get the same results when the HDD
>>is extended externally on a 'Simple Drive' PCMCIA adapter, so I really
>>think it's the HDD that is causing the problem, not general internal
>>overheating of the laptop.
>>No problem installing a new drive (now done, in fact), but I foresee a
>>long and painful migration of user data, even after a clean &8-) MsWin
>>reinstallation from CD.
>>The drive's current, usable half-life is far too little to transfer any
>>great fraction of [say] the user's documents, etc. I get perhaps 300 MBy,
>>then it clams up. Turn off, cool down, try again, and repeat ...
>> 1. What directories should I copy first to migrate e-mail and web links
>> 2. It would sure be nice to migrate the whole installation if
>>I can find a suitable MS tool. Any recommendations?
>> 3. Other than a fan, any clever ideas to keep this #$%&!! working long
>>enough to dump a good fraction of its data? (I plan setting it on a
>>cold-block and see if that helps.)
>>I have MsWin and Linux both available as hosts, FWIW. I also have an
>>adapter to connect the 2.5" notebook HDD to a standard PC-format IDE
>>Thanks for any guidance.
>> - John Mills
>> john.m.mills at alum.mit.edu
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