On 12 May 2009, at 13:33, Kae Verens wrote:
> still no partitions. nothing else I can think of until I can at
> least rebuilt the partition table.
>> any ideas? it's a Maxtor DiamondMax 10, 200GB PATA133 HDD, held in a
> Canyon external USB caddy.
Take the drive out of the caddy and freeze the puppy. I've recovered
data from three disks in this way in the last year, most recently last
week when my 6 month old travelling backup disk went tits up. [Note to
self: use travelling backup disk more regularly]. Put the disk in a
plastic bag, and put it in the freezer for an hour. Then, reattach it
to the computer by whatever means, and work quickly. If you have any
luck at all, it's only going to last until the disk warms up. This is
a function of how much you use it, ambient temperature, phase of the
moon, etc. I suppose you COULD sit a freezer pack on top as a heat
sink, if you were trying to recover a lot of data and the drive
started to fail too quickly, though I've never tried it.
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