Brian Vagnoni on 30 Apr 2008 11:58:59 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Saving data from a precarious drive

If the drive is currently detected, accessable, and spinning no do not power it down. Hard drives are a lot like planets they need to keep spinning :-) for things to work. 

First backup the data, then you are free to mess with it. I was referring to the drives electronics rather than the mobo integrated controller card. If this is a pci card bus controller than you mite see problems on other drives as well. Now many hours of operation do you think you have on the drive?

Consider doing raid 5 in the future on valuable data as it sure beats recovery.

Brian Vagnoni
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-----Original Message-----
From: Art Alexion <>
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 12:10 PM
To: <>
Subject: Re: [PLUG] Saving data from a precarious drive

On Wednesday 30 April 2008 8:48:23 am Brian Vagnoni wrote:
> It sounds more like an electronics problem, or the drive could be fine and
> you more likely have a bad cable. If it is a drive board issue get them off
> as quickly as possible without powering down the drive.

This is the way it seems to me as well.  I didn't really think of "bad cable" 
so much as "bad ATA-100 ide expansion card", which I suppose is what you mean 
by "drive board".  Are you suggesting that I unplug the drive from the card 
without powering the computer down?

> Have you done any work inside your box recently that mite have disturbed a
> cable?


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