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  # 2131742 22-Nov-2018 12:25
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My wife and I went on our honeymoon to the USA, Disneyland, Las Vegas, Hollywood, Universal and Hawaii. The works. It was awesome and we took mountains of video and photos.
When I got home I copied it all onto a portable hard drive until I had chance to edit it.
12 months later I went back to have a look and the drive had the dreaded click of death and it was all gone.
I ended up having to send it to a data recovery specialist who luckily managed to get it all back and save my marriage :)

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  # 2131748 22-Nov-2018 12:30
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I was fresh out of school working for Eclipse Technology in Auckland in 94 - My dad wanted a bigger drive so I was able to get a staff discount on a 500MB hard drive (Yes MB, 1/2 a Gig - Seemed massive then). I received it at work and decided to plug it into a computer to copy some things onto it to take home rather than a bunch of floppies (Doom was one thing I remember) and the power molex socket was a little snug. Ended up snapping it off while unplugging the drive. Panicked and took it to the monitor repair technician who worked in the office and he amazingly managed to take the snapped pins, fill them with solder and a snipped paper clip and join them back into the connector. I took it home and VERY gingerly plugged it in and it worked fine until the pc's retirement years later.

These days you'd just find an old dead drive and whip the connector off and solder a whole new connector on but hard drives weren't a dime a dozen like they are now. Justin really saved me.



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  # 2131749 22-Nov-2018 12:33
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Sounds like a cliche but back in Pentium 4 days my 160GB storage drive stopped working very suddenly with my entire Compsci assignment on it. I had to get a new hard drive and work through a couple of nights to get it ready before the deadline. No extension needed luckily

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  # 2131750 22-Nov-2018 12:33
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I was travelling home 2 years ago with my laptop and 10 years of development code on my hard drive.  Passing thru Urumqi security at the airport ( Urumqi is the provincial capital of XinJiang where 1,000,000 Muslims are said to be held in re-education centres ) when I was held up by a security check.  It got to the point where I was standing on a plinth, in the metal screening detector, removing my belt and shoes.  My and my wife's laptops were being x-rayed and went ahead of us.  And the plane was boarding.




Of course we raced to board the plane not seeing the laptops which would have reminded us that we needed to pick them up.  And on the plane from Urumqi to Beijing I went looking for my laptop and in horror realised that both were 2 hours behind us.  We arrived in Guangzhou near midnight and the airport in Urumqi was already closed ( XinJiang operates on a different timezone though officially there's only one timezone in the whole of China).




Contacted the security there the next day and they said they didn't have our laptops but eventually they were found ( XinJiang is big data territory - cameras absolutely everywhere so it's impossible for people to walk off with things ).  We had them collected and I paid for mine to be couriered back to NZ ( less the battery as they wouldn't ship the battery by air ).  My wife's could not be shipped as the battery was integrated.




And of course on arrival in NZ the hard drive was damaged and the OS would no longer come up.

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  # 2131751 22-Nov-2018 12:34
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New to IT as a field engineer, first proper job on site servicing enterprise equipment. A disk in a storage array needs to replaced as it has failed. A step is missed in preparing for the swap, and when the disk is pulled out the entire array craps itself and 1TB (back then it was a lot) worth of core system data is lost...

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  # 2131752 22-Nov-2018 12:34
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Close friend learned all about backups when his laptop hard drive went faulty and all his family photos seemingly lost. Was about to send it off to data recovery specialists but thankfully Linux was able to mount the drive and photorec recovered almost everything. He now backs up regularly to external media and the cloud


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  # 2131754 22-Nov-2018 12:38
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A long time ago I worked as an engineer for a large IT company overseas and we had a member of staff bring in their laptop (which were rather new gizmos in those days).  They had left it on the top of their car and driven off.  It had hit the road and probably been run over.  They wanted to know if we could retrieve the data off the harddrive (that was in multiple bits) and if we couldn't, could we send it to a company that could.  They had years of research on it, most of it not backed up anywhere else.  They were devastated.


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  # 2131788 22-Nov-2018 12:41
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I didn't quite believe the hype around SSD's until I upgraded to a Samsung EVO SSD. Amazing - boot times slashed, game loading times decimated. And so quiet!!! And all at a reasonable price (at the time).







I'm sure, however, that a Crucial P1 1TB SSD drive would be a superb upgrade!!!



Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries

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  # 2131790 22-Nov-2018 12:47
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Once lost 3TB of data which was in a 6x500 RAID 0 Array...Never used RAID0 anymore...

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  # 2131792 22-Nov-2018 12:52
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I had a Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 drive fail many years ago with the common counter overflow issue. Once one of the SMART counters exceeded its maximum value, the drive's firmware would fail to start, resulting in a drive that would power up but not appear in the BIOS or be visible by the operating system. Luckily, I was able to follow in the foot steps of those before me who had discovered a way to reset the counters. This involved cobbling a TTL serial cable to the header pins exposed near the power connector and using a serial terminal to send diagnostic commands to reset the counters. I somehow managed to do this without mis-typing them, and the drive started booting again, allowing me to retrieve my data.


The steps required are outlined here:

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  # 2131804 22-Nov-2018 13:02
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When i was at Uni, my powerpoint presentation was on a USB stick. The USB stick failed.

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  # 2131805 22-Nov-2018 13:03
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I run a pair of Linux servers for personal use.  For may years I was on a tight budget so no RAID or other nice to have but expensive features, just two identical machines with one running as a back up.


So as they do the HDD in the primary server failed.  No problems, it had happened before so I switched over to the back up server and all was right in world a few hours later.


Waiting until my next paycheck so I could buy a new HDD and the backup server HDD failed.  Bugger...


Trying desperately to recover one of the systems I found one of the drives still worked while cool but recovery was complicated by making the mistake of installing Linux LVM support.  When booting from a install CD trying to mount an LVM drive to copy was a nightmare.  I learnt a lot about LVM that I really didn't want to know and mainly I learnt to hate it and swore never to use it again.  It took repeatedly putting the drive in the freezer and recovering it a bit a time to get my data back.


These days I have a reasonable budget.  I still run a pair of servers but they now have RAID HDDs.  Yep 4 times the budget but totally worth it.

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  # 2131807 22-Nov-2018 13:06
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Well I have no recent horror stories but back in 1983 I had an Atari 400 and had tape drive. Spent 4 hours typing program in from Atari Magazine.  Never did periodic saves to tape. Friend put washing machine on and power fluctuated and Atari shut off. 4 hours typing down the drain. Ever since every 10 minutes to this day I will back up my work

HTPC Intel Pentium G3258 cpu, Gigabyte H97n-wifi motherboard, , 8GB DDR3 ram, onboard  graphics. Hauppuage HVR 5500 tuner,  Silverstone LC16M case, Windows 10 pro 64 bit using Nextpvr and Kodi

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  # 2131808 22-Nov-2018 13:08
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I have an open side on my tower case (as you do) for cooling benefit.


I have a toddler living in my house eating my food (I think you can see where this is going...).



One day his attention turned to my PC, quick as a flash his hand whips into the case, grabs the red (sata) cable and yanks it out. No worries, it just unplugged gracefully.



But I didn't learn my lesson. Two days later he did it again, and broke the SATA plastic connector off my 2 TB HDD.


After much gnashing of teeth, I took the drive to my garage workshop, used some parts from an old 'donor' drive, and a heap of hot glue, and managed to get the drive fired up one last time to retrieve all my bits. Crisis averted.

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  # 2131810 22-Nov-2018 13:09
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I had a flash drive I used to take to uni with me which had my various assignments and lab work saved on it, the day I went in to print my assignment at the library to hand it in the drive suddenly would not register on any computer I plugged it in to. I had to go home and get another one to use.

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