My sisters PowerBook is Dead....!

jamesW135

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My sisters PowerBook is Dead....! It beeped twice and then just shut off! When I turn it on I just get a gray screen for a about 15 mins. Sometimes I get a promt that says root/ I'm Letting the battery drain as we speak at the gray screen. Does anyone Have an idea? I'm thinking this is HD failure becaue she lost all of her music the other day. Also when I ran Disk Utility on it a week ago The smart status was failing.


HELP!


EDIT: The PB Turned on after the battery was drained. But it still has failed the S.M.A.R.T Status test.
 

MIDI_EVIL

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You could download SMARTreporter for future warnings.

It checks the status of your HD every hour, or every 30 mins if you like.

Then, gives you a warning before it is about to fail. An hour I think.

>Linky<

Rich.
 

MIDI_EVIL

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jamesW135 said:
Thank-you for the quick response.
No worries.

Was there any valuable information on the HD that you must recover?

Apparently, there is a trick you can use to get your HD working, which may give you enough time to back it up.

It involves a fridge-freezer, but i'm not entirely sure of the procedure?

Maybe Mad Jew will know ? ;)

I think you place it in the freezer for a little while, and it just... works?

Rich.
 

storage

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fatsoforgotso said:
You could download SMARTreporter for future warnings.

It checks the status of your HD every hour, or every 30 mins if you like.

Then, gives you a warning before it is about to fail. An hour I think.

>Linky<

Rich.
I think this would be a great feature to implement in the OS itself. Thanks for the link.
 

MIDI_EVIL

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storage said:
I think this would be a great feature to implement in the OS itself. Thanks for the link.
Yes, would be a great thing!

Glad it was of some use to you!

Rich.
 

mad jew

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fatsoforgotso said:
It involves a fridge-freezer, but i'm not entirely sure of the procedure?

You're more likely to get data from a failing drive if it's not warm/hot but keeping it in the freezer probably isn't a good idea because the condensation in the air may damage it. Having said that, when my iPod drive started failing I set up a small ice bucket for it so as to get data back off it. This work for me. Obviously I had to be very careful about keeping water from ruining the iPod though.

Getting the PowerBook's drive cold may help retrieve some data from it. :)
 

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erikistired

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back when i did pc repair we used this trick in a few dire situations. you definitely want to bag the drive, water is not hdd friendly. it does work, but not in every situation.
 

mad jew

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The problem with getting condensation in the drive is that it may short circuit and harm the rest of the system too. I'd avoid this route if possible. :eek:
 

jamesW135

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fatsoforgotso said:
No worries.

Was there any valuable information on the HD that you must recover?

Apparently, there is a trick you can use to get your HD working, which may give you enough time to back it up.

It involves a fridge-freezer, but i'm not entirely sure of the procedure?

Maybe Mad Jew will know ? ;)

I think you place it in the freezer for a little while, and it just... works?

Rich.

Nothing extreemly valuable Only Office:Mac and other apps. But I can replace them from my sources so it dosn't matter.;)
 

tflournoy95

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Yeah if I was you I would just buy a new mbp whenever they update so it won't happen again for a long while