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  •  Floppy disks (7+ / 0-)

    I still have boxes and boxes of old 5.25" and 3.5" floppies. No idea if any of the data on them still is recoverable. One thing is certain, the NSA doesn't have a copy of what's on the 5.25" disks! These all date back to the early '80s before I got on the net in the late '80s.

    •  I've got a few too (6+ / 0-)

      and a gateway 25mhz 386 to read 'em with, but I never do ☺

    •  Magnifico (4+ / 0-)
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      JML9999, maggiejean, palantir, Magnifico

      As quite a newcomer to the computer world, I`m looking for someone to retrieve the data on a Western Digital external 250 gig drive.
      It just started making noise one day & shut down.
      That was about 5 years ago.
      It is filled with many of my images & some of my movies I put together in iMovie from hundreds of hours of video taping.
      Any suggestions.
      I`ll pay all costs, plus.

      I`m already against the next war.

      by Knucklehead on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 09:41:05 PM PDT

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      •  Sorry to hear that. Data recovery can be expensive (4+ / 0-)

        There are companies that do that. Google 'data recovery'. It's hit or miss however.

        Don't put it in your freezer (internet myth [which I've tried, doesn't work]), but you might give it a strong bump and try it. I've done that once or twice with some success, but not always. If it spins up without making any untoward noises start grabbing as much as you can immediately and don't turn it off until done or it stops working. Warning: The data may not be clean, that is, though much of it will be ok, some files are likely to be corrupted. Once it stops you'll need to send it off to be worked on.

        If it doesn't spin up at all it may be electronics which is easier to fix. Again you'll have to send it out for that. If you get or got a click, click, click (less good, i.e. more expensive), then that's a problem with the stepper motor and the head isn't able to home up during initialization. This would require a specialist to fix and data recovery may be or may not be doable because the tracking may be off.  If you get a squealing noise its probably a bearing which may not be so bad data wise, but that would also mean you'd have to send it to be fixed.

        If a disk ever start making any noise other than a low hum, don't turn it off and start moving files to a working disk.

      •  Kroll (2+ / 0-)
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        Knucklehead, maggiejean

        Try Kroll Ontrack. They are pricey, but have an established track record and repeatedly get good reviews. Here's an article about what they do. Expect to pay $1000+.

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