[CQ-Contest] Hard-disc recovery ?

Pete Smith n4zr at contesting.com
Mon Dec 17 12:50:12 EST 2001

At 06:03 AM 12/17/01 -0800, Mike Gilmer - N2MG wrote:
>On Sun, 16 Dec 2001 02:08:18 +0100, Ragnar Otterstad wrote:
>> I just had a hard disc crash. With it went my logs. 
>> Can somebody tell me if it
>> is possible to read/ restore  a bad hard-drive.
>Yes, it's *possible*, but it depends on just how bad the disk is damaged.
I had a drive that went south (I could no longer boot from it).  I
unplugged the bad drive (left in place physically) and installed a new hard
disk, made it bootable, installed the OS, etc.  I then re-installed the bad
drive as D: and I could then read it.  I quickly copied off all the
important files.
>If you have a bootable floppy of the same version OS, you might be able to
boot from the floppy and then access the hard disk.

The utility "Spin-Rite" (www.grc.com) offers data recovery in some
circumstances, and it is a lot more economical than any professional
service.  As Mike said, though, it depends on the nature of the damage.

73, Pete N4ZR

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