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Really bad news. Overall HD-crash.

Postby MetalBeast » Tue Nov 13, 2007 12:48 pm

Hi friends,

today I have a really, really bad day. It's the beginning of dark age for me.
During I was making a data-backup there was some kind of electrical interferrence, which caused both of my externel HD's to stop and start again for few seconds.

Unfortunally now are both dead, source and backup one :(
They do not even start :mad:

It's really bad for me, cause I lost about 300 Gb of data.

Some real important data, like my personal photos(for many years) and vides, source codes, textures, web-space backups, tools and many many more things.
Is a real disaster for me, cause it seems there is no way to recover the data. Except some very expensiv professional data-recovery companies, which I can'not pay for.

Also all my model- and texture-sources for d2x-xl are gone also my OOF-converting tool-sources.

It's like my rebirth to PC-life. I'm starting near from nothing ...

I have some old backup-disks, but they are very old, cause the amount of data is still growing and I stopped to make dvd-backups about 2 years ago.

I thought, to have 2 external HD's, which are synchronised frequently is a save alternative in place of having dozens of backup DVD's,

now I know, it's not...

:(
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Postby karx11erx » Tue Nov 13, 2007 1:36 pm

Holy crap. :(

did you try to start the discs on another machine?

If the drive motors are ruined, maybe only them can be fixed? Afaik HD companies won't usually do that though ... but if you demand it and if it's not too expensive ... ?
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Postby Pumo » Tue Nov 13, 2007 7:05 pm

That's really sad news. :(

I think that if you didn't want to have a dozen of DVDs you would try to burn at least your personal photos and videos from years (i think that's the most important stuff).

Also it would be a good idea too backup your personal information on USB flash drives (they are very inexpensive)...

Anyway, i'm sorry to hear that. I hope you will find a way to recover your data without too expensive ways ;)
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Postby -JoFFa- » Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:22 am

If you didnt touch those disks - give them to me - i can do something to help. how expensive is it? it's the cost of a simular HDD and a work of recovering. I know a guy who helped me once. I can really help you.
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Postby Aus-RED-5 » Wed Nov 14, 2007 7:45 am

Dang MB,

Sorry to hear man! I too have all kinds of stuff backed up on an external HD.
I sure as hell wouldn't want to lose all my holidays pics and movies! :(

Hope you might get lucky and find someone willing to recover what they can and not charge you much.

Good luck.
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Postby MetalBeast » Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:00 am

Hi,

last night, after reams of recovery-tries, I was on the way to surrender, but I forgot to switch off one of the drives.
It was out of the case and pluged to power-supply and to interface only.
Of all things, just this one, which was making really bad noices (but not very loud).

My good friend was calling and we was talking long time.

After this I noticed, that this drive is still switched on, BUT the noises were gone.
Quick, half in panic, I pluged the USB-cable to this drive and you can not believe, the PC has accepted that drive.
So I did know, it is my last chance to recover the data, I connected a second new drive to my pc and started to recover the files.
I was able to recover about 95% of all data!, the remaining part was not readable. But it was only unimportant stuff.
I did not test all of the recovered stuff, but all of it, what I have tested, seem to be ok. :)

To all of you, who were praying for me, MANY THX!,
at least I got this last chance to recover my data and it worked :D

After this recover action the drive is completly gone to be dead.

It's really a kind of wonder.

Thx god.

It was really a mistery night ...
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Postby -JoFFa- » Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:16 am

Hehehe - I'm really glad for u m8! GZ!
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Postby star882 » Wed Nov 14, 2007 3:34 pm

Now keep your important data on at least 3 different drives, preferably more.
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Postby Wheeze87 » Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:16 pm

Ahh Congrats MetalBeast!! That must be so infuriating! I'm very pleased for you that you managed to recover most of the data!!! All of your work for descent is still intact yes ?
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Postby MetalBeast » Wed Nov 14, 2007 6:46 pm

Wheeze87 wrote:Ahh Congrats MetalBeast!! That must be so infuriating! I'm very pleased for you that you managed to recover most of the data!!! All of your work for descent is still intact yes ?


Thx,

yes all d2x-xl related stuff is fine ;)
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Postby tunnelcat » Wed Nov 14, 2007 9:47 pm

This makes the case for a backup power source or a UPS. I've got a 600GB Network drive setup and I get a lot of power outages in my area, so your disaster has prompted me to get a UPS for my system. I hope you managed to retrieve the most important files from your drives.
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Postby Pumo » Wed Nov 14, 2007 10:12 pm

I'm glad to read that you recovered almost all your data!! :D

But so as i said you before, you could also try to put your personal photos and videos on USB Flash drives.
I do that kind of stuff all the time and that way i've never losed the important stuff.
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Postby MetalBeast » Sat Nov 24, 2007 2:22 pm

tunnelcat wrote:This makes the case for a backup power source or a UPS. I've got a 600GB Network drive setup and I get a lot of power outages in my area, so your disaster has prompted me to get a UPS for my system. I hope you managed to retrieve the most important files from your drives.


Yesterday I get my 2 new external drives and UPS + protected multiple socket.

I'm just on backuping all my data again :D

I had a real luck, all my important data are recovered after this disaster.
But I never want to relive something like this again.

It was some kind of horror...

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