[Coco] OT: drive recovery
flexser at fiu.edu
Fri Aug 3 21:38:41 EDT 2007
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Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2007 17:29:02 -0700
From: martygoodman <martygoodman at sbcglobal.net>
To: Arthur Flexser <flexser at fiu.edu>
Subject: Re: ever hear of this drive recovery trick?
It IS odd that no explanation of MECHANISM as to why freezing should do
anything good for a stuck drive is provided by the author of this tale, or
by the references he alludes to (or perhaps the writer of the tale fails to
tell us what his references say on the subject, tho).
I cannot for the life of me figure how freezing can have any good effect Or
why, if it does, it would make data harder to recover later by other means.
I don't buy the stuff about "condensation": The drive is supposed to be
VERY hermetically sealed.
If the drive failes due to a bad controller board, that's something an end
user who has some abilty to tinker should be easily able to fix: Get that
EXACT SAME make and model and size and vintage drive, and swap out the
controller board. I've done this on occasion, and on the models I've tried
it with it turned out to be rather quick and easy (tho one must have a good
set of tools, including often a good set of torx and/or hex drivers, and
perhaps of the security sort... all of which I have in stock here.
But if the problem is a bad motor, that's 'way beyond the scope of even a
relatively accomplished tinkerer, for as I understand it "clean rooms" are
required when you upen up a drive to the platters, and they may NOT make it
easy to pop a platter out and put it in another opened drive. Never had
occasion to try that.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Arthur Flexser" <flexser at fiu.edu>
To: "Marty Goodman" <martygoodman at sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2007 4:18 PM
Subject: ever hear of this drive recovery trick?
> And, any idea why it should work, if it works?
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