Crashed HDD?

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  1. suclearnub macrumors member

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    Hello, first off, please don't, don't relocate this thread.

    My 1TB WD My Passport just crashed. Disk Utility says 'cannot repair drive', so I took that as a bad sign and tried to copy all my files to another hard drive, the 'counting files' part would work but then when the copy starts, it would stall somewhere and give me 'error -36'.
    In summary, the hard disk:
    - Would sometimes be recognized by the computer, but will not mount.
    - Error -36 when I copy files
    - Give ~75 bad sectors per 100,000 (TechTool Pro 6)
    - Probably not a logical error (Data Rescue 3, and my speculations)
    Some help? I don't want to send the drive to Ontrack, I just spent all my money on a new rMBP.
     
  2. suclearnub thread starter macrumors member

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    Can someone please, please, help me? I really need to recover my hard drive. Some of my projects due next week are on it. Pwease.
     
  4. justperry macrumors 604

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    Did you try Diskwarrior!!
     
  5. suclearnub thread starter macrumors member

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    DiskWarrior? Tried that. Didn't help.
     
  6. justperry macrumors 604

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    Carbon Copy Cloner could be an alternative or a terminal Command to copy the whole disk, or parts of it.

    The Terminal Command is: ditto

    Edit: I see it won't mount so that won't work

    You need it to mount first before you can Copy anything.
     
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    does the 'ditto' command only copy the info, or what? I'm not exactly a terminal user.
     
  8. justperry macrumors 604

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    A ditto command will copy everything, the file contents including permissions afaik.

    sudo ditto 'source path' 'destination path'

    Example:

    Sudo ditto /Volumes/name of disk to copy from/file folder /Volumes/name of disk to copy to

    sudo is the root user which grant you all access

    If you just type ditto (then enter) in terminal there is some more explanation.
     
  9. suclearnub, Dec 22, 2012
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    After some huge amount of luck, I managed to get the drive to mount. I can use Finder to see the files, but the drive cannot read/write. So I'm guessing the 'ditto' also doesn't work, and i don't want to damage the drive even more from trying to use it.
    Is the 'put your hard drive into the freezer' method actually work? Is it worth a try?
     
  10. justperry macrumors 604

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    In a Freezer, I don't know, a while ago someone here also gave that advice, I really have no idea.

    The drive mounted but no R/W, never heard of that.
     
  11. suclearnub thread starter macrumors member

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    Does ontrack really sound that attractive now? really, really dont want to send my money to them for a bit of recovery. pretty sure the internet myths (freezer, shaking the hard disk, etc.) works, and I'll try them. :D
     
  12. justperry macrumors 604

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    I think the best way forward for you is to do you research first, I read a bit on it and it seems if you start this process you have limited time and can even damage the disks inside and if this is the case all is lost.
     
  13. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a

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    This happened to me about a year ago, and for various stupid reasons I didn't have a TM backup. It seems like you already know that your time is short to be able to recover anything without significant expense. My failed boot drive would not mount on the laptop, but I was able to mount it from another computer when I booted the laptop into target disk mode. Not sure that'll work for you, but you may want to try it. If you have access to another Mac, you could connect them and boot yours in target disk mode and see if the other mac can read that disk.

    If you are successful getting the disk mounted, DO NOT try to copy ALL your files or use a global copy program or scheme.

    Manually navigate and drag/drop your individual files or folders, one-by-one, in order of importance to you.


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  14. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    That is fine. Next time, buy a first and a second backup disk. One for the Time Machine backup, and one for a regular backup of your entire disk (via Disk Utility disk images).
     
  15. suclearnub thread starter macrumors member

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    The individual files won't copy too. Won't budge at all. Gives me error -36.
     
  16. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Total bummer. Not sure there's much more that you can do other than consulting a recovery specialist.

    Good luck man. I feel your pain.


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  17. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Try a windows machine. I know I know but windows seems to be more forgiving.
     
  18. suclearnub thread starter macrumors member

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    Time to head to the freezer and freeze that hard drive.
     

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