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Tandberg 17 1.2k 2 England
9 Feb 2011 10:15PM
I just lost 308 folders of individual shoots from the years that i have been on here
The latest i loaded was from the drive that just failed me and im so so so Pi*sed off its unbelievable

Thats it all gone because i will back up later was the flamin attitude i had and its bit me in the ass big time.
95% of the shots i have loaded over the years here on epz have now vanished with a failed drive

Like i just did

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Coleslaw 14 13.4k 28 Wales
9 Feb 2011 10:24PM
Is it an internal HD, Dave?
I have heard good thing about using a HD dock, as it might even work with failed internal HD.
Just a thought.
Tandberg 17 1.2k 2 England
9 Feb 2011 10:26PM
no its external and its just spinning and knocking off not reading anything at all cole
Coleslaw 14 13.4k 28 Wales
9 Feb 2011 10:28PM
Hmmm.... don't know then as I am no expert.
I always back up 2 copies, on 2 separate external HD, just in case.
Hope someone will manage to help you, Dave.
Tandberg 17 1.2k 2 England
9 Feb 2011 10:32PM
its my own fault whatever mate
MrsS 13 4.5k 18 England
9 Feb 2011 10:38PM
Sad Bu@@er!! You must be gutted, MrT Sad

Still, on the bright side, at least you have lots of space on your soon to be purchased brand new hard drive for all the shots you are going to take this year Wink

(you know I luvs ya really!!!) Tongue
User_Removed 10 1.4k England
9 Feb 2011 10:47PM
I can always take a look at the drive for you, at the cost of postage what have you got to lose.
DaveU 14 1.4k 125 England
9 Feb 2011 10:49PM
That's a real bummer Dave. I'm no expert but maybe the data is recoverable even if the drive mechanism is knackered? There's plenty of guys on EPZ who really know their computer stuff so let's hope one of them will come along and advise you.
mad-dogs 17 2.2k England
9 Feb 2011 10:49PM
Try putting the hard drive in a different external case. I've got a couplke of external cases which have given me problems - probably due to the power connection. The drives are fine when put in different cases or directly in the computer.
The power supply to the disks caused them to spin at variable speeds ( oscillating ) and hence they would not mount or read.
Pete Plus
19 18.8k 97 England
9 Feb 2011 10:49PM
Sometimes it's possible to retrieve the data before the disk dies altogether. I didn't manage it with mine last year, luckily it wasn't photos and I, like Cole, have everything backed up on separate external drives now. PC World have a disk recovery service - It's about 100 though. There are software utility programs, some free if you fancy having ago yourself.
User_Removed 10 1.4k England
9 Feb 2011 10:50PM
Don't bother with PC worlds recovery service.
User_Removed 10 1.4k England
9 Feb 2011 11:00PM
.: Sorry I should expand.

Various "policies" at PC world mean that they will charge no matter what they recover. Even if it is stuff you do not want. (getting charged for internet cache images is always a bummer)

Many a time have I heard of 12GB of files being stored, 300MB recovered by PC world or claimed "impossible". We do the data recovery again and pull 98% of the data...

They also do not have facilities to swap platters. - Which in effect is the only "specialist" data recovery procedure (and right to charge even if nothing is recovered). - everything else can be attempted at home with the right gear and know how.
theorderingone 16 2.4k
9 Feb 2011 11:18PM
I'd try a different caddy first, then maybe see what Swwils has to offer.

I've had a couple of drives do the same where it seems the USB to SATA bridge has fried itself causing the drive to spin up, but not read as you describe.

I keep one of these handy for diagnosing drives when they've gone pear shaped. I've never had much more go wrong that a deep format won't sort after retrieving the data with said caddy.

If it is the drive they'll normally be the tell-tale clicking sound before it spins down. On occasion the freezer trick may help in getting at least some of your data back (I've linked to that article so many times on here its unreal!).

If it's spinning though, I reckon it's probably more an issue with the USB to SATA (or IDE) bridge. I'd maybe take the drive out of the caddy first to check what you're dealing with.
MikeRC 15 3.6k United Kingdom
9 Feb 2011 11:30PM

Quote:Sometimes it's possible to retrieve the data before the disk dies altogether.

I'm ok...the "best" of my stuff is on EPZ, so see that you look after it won't you Smile

Paul Morgan 19 19.4k 6 England
9 Feb 2011 11:40PM
I had a drive die on me but i got it going, just swapped the internals over using another external drive I had not used in 18 months.

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