Sunday, April 29, 2007

recovering from a dead hard drive

A friends laptop hard drive had the dreadful click of doom! And on top of that a visiting friend left the machine running over night. The next morning Windows wouldn't boot.

He brought it over, and I hooked it up to my desktop. The desktop is an old, unreliable backup machine that runs Windows Server 2003. Windows wouldn't see the drive. At all. Though the drive was detected by the BIOS at bootup. I rebooted the machine in feisty from the CD, and sure enough the hard drive appeared and mounted. I am secure copying the files to a hard drive on the network. Feisty is awesome.

Strange that Windows didn't see the drive at all.