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If you can't fix it with a hammer and a roll of duck tape, it's not worth fixing at all, my old mate said minutes before that nasty business with the hammer and a roll of duck tape. Tell us of McGyver-like repairs and whether they were a brilliant success or a health and safety nightmare.

(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 11:58)
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Hard Drives! Power! Fail! Resuscitation! Phew!
I have about 1.5TB of photo files on several FireWire HDDs. A couple of weeks ago, 2 of them (very un-cheap LaCie drives, too) suffered failure of their power supplies.

FuckFuckFuckFuc thinks I. 5 years of work down the shitter.

After I stopped panicking, I pulled the drives apart. Internal IDE. No sweat. Although SATA would have been easier.

I have a very old FW400 HDD enclosure. So I swap one of the newer drives into the enclosure. The drive mounts up, all good so far. So I go to copy files across to a spare internal HDD. Gets to about 50MB, then a disk error.


So, after my sphincter stops puckering, and I start thinking of panicked plan Bs, I start to reason: Well, the old enclosure is very old. It only had an 80GB drive in there before. Maybe the firmware in that enclosure doesn't recognise drives much larger (the ones I was trying to transfer are 250GB and 320GB).

So in the end, I had a flash of divine inspiration: The power supply is the only thing totally fucked in the new enclosures. So I reconnected the drives to their original drive enclosure data ribbons, and the power supply from the old HDD enclosure.

Hey, Presto! It worked, and I was able to copy all my files across.

If someone replies and tells me how to post pics, I'll post a pic of the ugly frankendrive I created.

And yes, I understand I'm a numpty for not having some form of backup plan in case of this very sort of thing.
(, Sat 12 Mar 2011, 11:29, 5 replies)
I believe its the rule of 3?
But im not sure, as i dont back anything up properly either.
(, Sat 12 Mar 2011, 13:05, closed)
PSU went on my LaCie too
Only I bought a modern enclosure cheap off eBay and ten minutes after the postie arrived with the package - away I went.
Jobs a good 'un.
(, Sat 12 Mar 2011, 15:24, closed)
1.5TB of "photo files"
That's right.
(, Sat 12 Mar 2011, 23:35, closed)
Why not?
High res pictures of donkey felching can take a lot of disk space (I've heard).
(, Sun 13 Mar 2011, 5:01, closed)
Imitation! Is! The Sincerest Form! Of Flattery!
Seriously, be original instead of trying to grab readers by tricking them into thinking it's one of my posts...

(takes tongue out of cheek)
(, Tue 15 Mar 2011, 15:10, closed)

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