On the road to recovery from the Dead Disk Blues

I hope I’m not speaking too soon, but things are looking up. I got a SATA power cable and a floppy drive from the local Maplins, and I’ve got a fresh install of Windows up and running.

Even better, I ran Samsung’s low-level diagnostic utility (HUtil) on the faulty disk, and it was passed most of its tests successfully. The surface scan looked like someone had used the disk’s platters for serving up a buffet lunch, but it was still mostly readable. In fact, I’ve got it mounted now, and busy copying off all the data I can get.


Lesson learned: backup, backup, backup. Disk failure is not a matter of “if”, it’s a matter of “when”.

3 Replies to “On the road to recovery from the Dead Disk Blues”

  1. Thththtpppppppt.

    Abi has given me provisional approval to buy a Mac Mini. I just need to sort out some details, like what KVM switch to get….

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