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Old 04-23-2014, 07:44 PM   #1
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Pink Floyd (opening act: mjf's hard drive crashes)

[Came here looking for Floyd talk and don't give a shit about mjf's hard drive or cloud backup suggestions?? then skip to post #41]


Absolutely devastated right now. I plugged my four month old WD My Passport Ultra into my mac today, and boom. None of the computers I've tried will recognize it. When I went to disk utility in mac, it won't let me repair it and says that it is damaged or something. No luck on PC either.

I've got about 2 TB of bootlegs and such I've collected for over 14 years. I kept a backup harddrive, but I had to wipe it this week for another project and fully planned on re-adding the files once I was done. Biggest mistake I've made in awhile.

I just wanted to post this up as a warning. I thought I had my ass pretty well covered here, but clearly not.

Can you guys recommend anywhere to take it to possibly retrieve the files? Like I said, 14 years of bootlegs (add to that pictures, literally every piece of work I've ever done for 8 years of schooling.... ugh). Any help would be appreciate. Fingers crossed they can pull the data.

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Old 04-23-2014, 07:57 PM   #2
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That sucks man.

But I think someone who knows how may be able to recover it. But I don't know what to tell you
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:11 PM   #3
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That sucks man.

But I think someone who knows how may be able to recover it. But I don't know what to tell you
I'm praying man, I could never replace that collection. Had a 7 year long research project for another hobby on there gone too.

Sorry to bitch I'm just beyond devastated Hopefully it'll work out
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:12 PM   #4
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Damn. Good luck. Going forward you should invest in Crash Plan or one of those cloud sites.

Does WD have a recovery warranty?
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:18 PM   #5
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It's always a bummer when you lose a hard drive. But 2TB worth of information? Damn.

At least you weren't one of those fools who never backed anything up.

Maybe where you bought it from can help?
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:26 PM   #6
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At least you weren't one of those fools who never backed anything up.
no, but he's one of those fools who deletes his entire backup (sorry milf)
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:28 PM   #7
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no, but he's one of those fools who deletes his entire backup (sorry milf)
I'll chalk that up to poor timing.
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:34 PM   #8
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It's always a bummer when you lose a hard drive. But 2TB worth of information? Damn.

At least you weren't one of those fools who never backed anything up.

Maybe where you bought it from can help?
That's a good call buddy, it was Staples and I know they do stuff like this. I'll try them first tomorrow, if not I found a few places that specialize in data recovery but it's going to be several hundred dollars. Honestly though, this music has become priceless to me.

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Damn. Good luck. Going forward you should invest in Crash Plan or one of those cloud sites.

Does WD have a recovery warranty?
I haven't checked yet, I figured they'd be more interested in just wiping it and fixing the harddrive. I'm thinking maybe taking it to a company that specializes in data recovery would yield better results. Definitely will cost more money, but as a fellow trader I'm sure you can appreciate how priceless this is to me. Cloud site from now on!

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no, but he's one of those fools who deletes his entire backup (sorry milf)
I know man. I needed data for work/school for a project and couldn't afford to buy a new HD. In 14 years I never had something like this happen so didn't seem like a big deal. Literally was gonna put it back on sunday :/

Just sucks, like I told ya this was the one thing keeping me studying and pushing through this insane time. On the bright side, I found an old harddrive with approximately 1/8th-1/4th of it but nothing from 2005 onward
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:37 PM   #9
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I'll chalk that up to poor timing.
Besides complaining/moaning, that was why I wanted to make this thread. After 14 years and no problems, I figured what the hell was one week? Ugh. Hopefully someone sees this and either gets off their ass and backs things up or triple checks their stuff
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:41 PM   #10
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I haven't kept up in hard drives a lot lately, but you say you tried it in the Mac and then a PC. Drives are usually formatted different for Mac and PC. Have you swapped them before or was this the first time? It could just be a formatting issue if it is powering up.
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:47 PM   #11
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I haven't kept up in hard drives a lot lately, but you say you tried it in the Mac and then a PC. Drives are usually formatted different for Mac and PC. Have you swapped them before or was this the first time? It could just be a formatting issue if it is powering up.
I wish, I changed the format to the universal one when I first got it because I'm constantly switching computers throughout the week. Thanks though, any advice is appreciated guys
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Wow I'm intrigued, has it worked for ya? Thanks man!
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Happened to me years ago and it turned out to be the internal patch cable from the HD to the actual USB port. I went to Frye's, bought a new case, replaced the cable and I was good! If you do that and it still doesn't work, throw it in the freezer for a bit then retry it (if the HD isn't spinning).
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:12 PM   #15
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FIXED!!!!! Well, so far so good I should say. I downloaded EaseUS. It literally goes through the harddrive and is pulling up every file it can that can be saved. So it'll get around what file I downloaded that pissed it off.

And for the record, I never downloaded porn to this HD to be safe I can't say that for elsewhere, but atleast not this HD
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:20 PM   #16
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I never did either but truth is HDs spin and are faulty. Cloud or Flashbis the way to go these days.
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:23 PM   #17
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I never did either but truth is HDs spin and are faulty. Cloud or Flashbis the way to go these days.
It really is. I'm glad you posted the freezer thing, I couldn't believe that when I read it!

Thing was spinning fine. Just some file I downloaded apparently corrupted it so that when I plugged it in, computers would acknowledge it but couldn't read it. Oh well. Gonna hopefully be a lesson well learned after I transfer the files from it (gonna take another 14 hours or some shit)
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Happy for you. That sounds just awful.
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:26 PM   #19
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I'm definitely getting a new external harddrive tomorrow. You guys got any recommendations? this one looked good - [Only registered users can see links.]

I figure 3 harddrives + cloud and I should be fuckin good damnt

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thanks dude, I can breathe again!
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:38 PM   #20
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I've got most of my 1 TB HD backed up on my 2 TB one but I definitely need to update my backup.
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