[TriLUG] OT: Laptop Hard Drive

David Burton ncdave4life at gmail.com
Tue Nov 22 17:02:08 EST 2011

Don't use a SATA-to-USB adapter.  Use a SATA cable to a regular SATA port
on your computer.  Then boot Linux and do "fdisk -lu" to see whether the
drive is visible.

If the drive is visible then you've got a fighting chance of recovering
data with ddrescue.  But, as I mentioned before, the clunk-clunk-clunk
syndrome usually means the drive won't even be visible to Linux.


On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 2:39 PM, Brian Blater <brb.lists at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 7:01 PM, Carl Crider <c.crider at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I thought the same thing. I may need to reconsider my list subscription.
>  :)
> >
> > On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 6:25 PM, Joseph Mack NA3T <jmack at wm7d.net>
> wrote:
> >
> >> On Fri, 18 Nov 2011, Brian Blater wrote:
> >>
> >>  Luckily I did have most of the data backed up on a server or another
> box.
> >>>
> >>
> >> Did anyone notice this? Someone posts to a computer list about
> recovering
> >> a dead drive and he actually has backups! What's the world coming to?
> >>
> >>
> >> Joe
> Thanks guys. You did make me laugh today.
> I've been caught far too many times without backup, so yes "most" of
> the data was backed up, but there was some data that didn't get to the
> backup before the drive gave up the ghost.
> Now for the chance to learn some more:
> As for ddrescue, would that have any possibility of getting the data
> off the drive if I can't even get it mounted? What I mean is, I've
> removed the drive from the machine and have attached it to a SATA to
> USB converter. I can get power to the drive, but the second I attach
> the drive to the machine via USB it starts making the "clunk, clunk"
> sound and never is accessible. I would figure that in order to run
> ddrescue the drive has to be seen by the OS first, correct?
> Thanks,
> Brian
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