External HD (MyBook 500gb) failed - also time machine drive!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bpm2000, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. bpm2000 macrumors newbie

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    So I was an idiot and for some reason I made my Time Machine drive the same as the one I have all my music on.

    In retrospect, of course the one I have music on is going to be spinning and reading/writing all the time - why did I put it as the Time Machine drive!??!:mad:

    Anyways, I was wondering what kind of recovery options I might have? The drive makes these annoying clicking noises when I turn it on. The drive doesn't mount, but shows up under disk utilty as an external drive of some sort. It is definitely messed up though because its a 500gb drive and the disk utility thinks its 2TB. Googling shows that clicking = head failure? Verify and recover/repair are not highlighted options for this drive...

    How does Time Machine back up files? Is it consolidated into one file, that I might be able to recover, and put on another drive or do I need to worry about recovering all my files instead of just the Time Machine portion?

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    thx!
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    I think your music is probably a lost cause, unless you spend $$$ on data recovery, but it probably won't work to well with Music.
     
  3. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    If its clicking your in trouble, I have seen data get off these drives but rarely by a consumer. Try Data Rescue II, our shop uses it for drives that we cant get back with the standard Apple Utilites: http://www.prosofteng.com/products/data_rescue.php

    If that does not work you can contact DriveSavers if your really desperate to get the music back, they cost a lot though, but they are really good. http://www.drivesavers.com/
     
  4. bpm2000 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    afraid to ask, but how much is "a lot"?

    thx for the suggestions
     
  5. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    Varies by drive size and the damage, it can be anywhere from $500 to $2000, your best bet is to find a dealer who deals with them(They will have pamphlets with a store number and referral code), cause often they offer a discount, and will often not charge an "attempt" fee, which means u wont get charged as much if nothing can be taken off the drive.
     

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