[olug] [OT] My friend has a broken hard drive

Matthew Botts mbotts00 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 16 03:38:37 UTC 2012

There are a few free Linux recovery utilities out there free of charge. I'm
not sure of the amount of damage my next method of recovery could cause,
but I've had great success with it depending on the type of failure. Toss
it into the freezer with a usb controller, and cable out the door. It
really depends on the amount you really want to spend vs the importance of
the data.
On Mar 15, 2012 10:28 PM, "Kevin" <sharpestmarble at gmail.com> wrote:

> I just used SpinRite[1] and was pretty happy with it. Roughly same
> situation; system failed, couldn't get a disk image due to HD errors.
> This fixed it so that I could get a disk image. As a side benefit, the
> section of the drive that consistently failed at filesystem access now
> works properly.
> [1] http://www.spinrite.info $89, download a 170k file. Run the .exe
> and it will create a bootable floppy/USB/CD with its own FreeDOS
> system that you then boot into and run for however long it takes.
> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 21:43, Abraham <muteki.abraham at gmail.com> wrote:
> > My friend called me this evening to let me know that his hard drive
> > (from the mid-80s) has finally failed. It was in a Macintosh G3 or G4.
> > He's been quoted some fairly unreasonable (I think) prices to get the
> > files off, and I seem to remember some folks in this group having some
> > expertise in that area. Are there any recommendations as to a
> > trustworthy place that will retrieve his files? And how much should he
> > expect to pay for something like that?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Abraham Serafino
> >
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