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This morning I woke up to a locked up computer. I rebooted and got a “Primary Slave Drive Fail” error on my boot screen. I shut the computer down to let it have a moment to think about what it had just done and powered it back on and it booted fine.

I then headed over to my second drive where I like to keep things I had been meaning to back up onto DVD-R for the past six months, like say hundreds of song fragments and the source to several finished demos. I started copying everything I care about over to my main drive when I could hear the drive making a high pitched pinging sound, then the machine locked up.

I shut it down, waited and rebooted again, now pretty sure I was going to get fully boned out of all my awesome data. When I rebooted the BIOS didn’t even list that drive as being installed. Super!

So as I made a mental list of all the things I’d lost that I needed to take the time to be upset about individually I took the drive out of my computer and stuck it in another one. The drive worked fine and I was able to copy all my data off.

I ran a checkdisk on it and found 4 bad sectors. I’ve now burned all my almost lost files to a DVD-R. Moral of the story: don’t bother backing up, you always get a second chance.

Posted on - November 19, 2004 [at] 4:18 pm by Brad
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3 Comments on this post

gotti girl on Hard Drive Failure and Success
November 19, 2004 at 6:52 pm

Sounds frustrating. I have a Netflix account where I just burn DVD’s when they are shipped to me and send them back without even watching them right away. Recently I switched from DVD +R to DVD -R. I burned over 50 DVD +R DVD’s without testing them, and last night I tried to watch one. I found out my DVD player doesn’t play DVD +R, so I can only watch them on my computer.

Reivec on Hard Drive Failure and Success
November 19, 2004 at 8:28 pm

lol, don’t tell people that. They will actually listen. Then call me and bitch about it ;). Even if you had lost it there are data recovery companies that do amazing work on getting data off crapped out drives, they just aren’t cheap. But not all options would have been lost at least.

Heuristics Inc. on Hard Drive Failure and Success
November 22, 2004 at 6:24 pm

Yeah, I had a similar thing happen to me recently too, luckily it seems to be the secondary drive, which is an older one, and not the shiny new big one I usually use. I was actually able to get everything off of the old one using xcopy. I hope that’s it! I unplugged the old drive yesterday…

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