[clug] Hard disk problems

Daniel Pittman daniel at rimspace.net
Sat Aug 1 22:26:28 MDT 2009

jhock <jhock at iinet.net.au> writes:

> I have an Eee pc 10 H.  When I start it up I get a:


> At odd times the hard disc squeals like pig and its getting worse each
> time I start up the PC.  To me it sounds like the hard disc has crashed.

Yeah, sounds like.


> Is there anything I can do to get some of the stuff off the hard drive
> or is the hard drive stuffed completely?

You could try wrapping it in air-tight plastic, putting it in the freezer, and
then trying it out afterwards.  That sometimes helps free a stuck drive so you
can recover data.

Alternately, you might find that a data recovery company can give you a decent
price on getting the data back.  Rumor has it that at least a couple of them
have given quotes in the couple-of-hundred-dollars range for easy failures.

Personally, though, I would just restore from backup to a new disk, either
from the vendor warranty or just purchased outright.[1]


[1]  Usually, actually, I go for the latter, then warranty-exchange the faulty
     disk and keep it on hand for the next time the disk goes feet-up.

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