When you fried your Harddisk

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When you fried your Harddisk

Post by Martin_US » Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:08 pm

As sh*t happens, I got bored and decided to convert an external USB disk from FAT32 to NTFS.
Read the Microsoft page, find the program "convert", let it run and whops, can't get to the data afterwards.

Of course, I went out reading the forums and all on the web with mostly completly unusable advice.
(Which bugs me the most, you spend hours reading the crap and it's like the blind leading the blind).

Finally, I found a program called TESTDISK. Nice thing about it: Freeware
Web site: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

I can access my data after some initial playing around and can copy everything to a different location whilst the drive itself still can't be accessed through windows. But right now, having the data is more important than Windows access to the drive, that will come as the next step.

Before you groan and moan about backup. That external drive is a backup drive for a computer to which I currently have no access.

So, even if you don't have any problems right now, it might be a good idea getting that small program just in case. Preferably on a bootable device like a CD, in case you fry your C drive. The Software comes for different OS as well.

No, I am not affliliated in any way with the creator(s) of that Software, but I have seen so many consultants with damaged disks in the past, that I thought the little hint might be useful to some of you.

Further, if you want a really good solution for a Windows system backup have a look at nLite (older Windows) or vLitle (Newer versions). They can create a nice image of your Harddisk with everything that is needed to get up an running again without the hassle of starting from scratch.

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Re: When you fried your Harddisk

Post by blueteeth » Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:36 pm

I prefer clay tablets for my backups.

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Re: When you fried your Harddisk

Post by Martin_US » Sat Apr 13, 2013 1:52 pm

You can use mud to fix a clay tablet.

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Re: When you fried your Harddisk

Post by Rich » Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:42 pm

And I thought you would know better, being a Cobol programmer and all.

Fancy f*cking around with the back up of a system you no longer have access to. tsk tsk.

Now me, I don't trust them USb drive thingies. I prefer a tape streamer..... :D
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Re: When you fried your Harddisk

Post by Martin_US » Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:49 pm

Dear Rich,

I would second that *IF* they wouldn't always change the bloody format.

Really, I was looking into that for a long time, but finding something reasonable where you can store a number of terta on a single tape *and* get it back on any given Puter*Flutter is a problem.

If you have a solution, drop it into the knowledge bin and you get plus points.
Alternatively lemmon ice creame.

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Re: When you fried your Harddisk

Post by thx4allthefish » Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:13 am

blueteeth wrote:I prefer clay tablets for my backups.
You are a miserable heretic! True believers still use Tărtăria tablets.
curiousorange wrote: I give up. Humanity isn't worth saving. Why is there never a Vogon Constructor Fleet around when you really need one?

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Re: When you fried your Harddisk

Post by Rich » Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:02 am

thx4allthefish wrote:
blueteeth wrote:I prefer clay tablets for my backups.
You are a miserable heretic! True believers still use Tărtăria tablets.
And heres me thinking Tărtăria was something you put on Fish.... :P
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Re: When you fried your Harddisk

Post by thx4allthefish » Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:17 am

Rich wrote:
thx4allthefish wrote:
blueteeth wrote:I prefer clay tablets for my backups.
You are a miserable heretic! True believers still use Tărtăria tablets.
And heres me thinking Tărtăria was something you put on Fish.... :P
Does that imply, you can afford some of them? In which case ... where do you live? :P
curiousorange wrote: I give up. Humanity isn't worth saving. Why is there never a Vogon Constructor Fleet around when you really need one?

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Re: When you fried your Harddisk

Post by Rich » Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:48 am

thx4allthefish wrote:
Rich wrote:
thx4allthefish wrote:
You are a miserable heretic! True believers still use Tărtăria tablets.
And heres me thinking Tărtăria was something you put on Fish.... :P
Does that imply, you can afford some of them? In which case ... where do you live? :P
No, that means I'm a heathen who smothers Fish with mayonnaise. :oops:
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Re: When you fried your Harddisk

Post by bgamble » Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:12 am

Backup?
In my opinion, Pepper Spray is underutilized as an effective tool for scope control

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Re: When you fried your Harddisk

Post by Snowy » Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:27 pm

bgamble wrote:Backup?
Backups ain't nothing if you never tried to restore in the past...

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Re: When you fried your Harddisk

Post by Martin_US » Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:39 pm

Snowy wrote:
bgamble wrote:Backup?
Backups ain't nothing if you never tried to restore in the past...
Wait, for bgamble backups consist of different kinds of beer options.
Like the Plan A, Plan B, Plan C thingy.

The bad thing might be the restart procedure, after the black-out. That could be bad even without the slavic pole dancing girls. Though .... naw, not going there.

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Re: When you fried your Harddisk

Post by blueteeth » Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:54 am

thx4allthefish wrote:
blueteeth wrote:I prefer clay tablets for my backups.
You are a miserable heretic! True believers still use Tărtăria tablets.
As a punishment for heresy, I looked at Tărtăria amulet. Below is my analysis of the backup:

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09 - 12 O'Clock: Anyone who climbs uneven legged ladders is a dimwit.
12 - 03 O'Clock: The person in 1 above meets a dame and both eat fish. Resulting in one & half kids.
06 - 09 O'Clock: These one & half kids communicate thru AT&T telephone poles speaking in SMS language.
03 - 06 O'Clock: Some girl with *fish* in her username on SAPFANS dances in glee watching her cauldron boil.

Question is: who wanted this important information to be backed up? Why would he/she be so concerned? Was it a warning for future generations? Thank God, we now have Facebook.

BT

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Re: When you fried your Harddisk

Post by Martin_US » Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:35 pm

So....

decryping what you guys have been saying ...

We are all fucked and bgamble is throwing a party?

I get a little lost

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Re: When you fried your Harddisk

Post by bgamble » Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:19 am

IM in who is in Frankfurt tonight
In my opinion, Pepper Spray is underutilized as an effective tool for scope control

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