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    Angry Hard Drive Failure w/ 10.04

    Hey everyone,

    I just recently started using my external hard drive again, a Seagate Freeagent Pro 500GB drive, to move music from one computer (Ubuntu 10.04 desktop) to another computer (Windows XP laptop). Last night, I had the drive plugged into my desktop, and it was running updates. I left it plugged in all night. Tonight, I unmounted it and quickly unplugged it from the desktop - I realized I had gotten an error message on the unmount, but it was too late, I had already unplugged it. I don't remember what it said but the drive hasn't worked since. I've plugged it into the laptop and the desktop, tried other power outlets, etc. Nothing works. I've been searching in my log files for some errors that occurred today and I found all of this:

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    syslog.1:Nov  2 19:21:10 nikki-desktop ntfs-3g[5601]: Unmounting /dev/sdf1 (Pickle!)
    syslog.1:Nov  2 19:21:16 nikki-desktop kernel: [18519.694001] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdf] Unhandled error code
    syslog.1:Nov  2 19:21:16 nikki-desktop kernel: [18519.694006] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdf] Result: hostbyte=DID_NO_CONNECT driverbyte=DRIVER_OK
    syslog.1:Nov  2 19:21:16 nikki-desktop kernel: [18519.694014] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdf] CDB: Read(10): 28 00 00 00 00 3f 00 00 08 00
    syslog.1:Nov  2 19:21:16 nikki-desktop kernel: [18519.694036] end_request: I/O error, dev sdf, sector 63
    syslog.1:Nov  2 19:21:16 nikki-desktop kernel: [18519.694046] Buffer I/O error on device sdf1, logical block 0
    syslog.1:Nov  2 19:21:16 nikki-desktop kernel: [18519.694054] Buffer I/O error on device sdf1, logical block 1
    syslog.1:Nov  2 19:21:16 nikki-desktop kernel: [18519.694061] Buffer I/O error on device sdf1, logical block 2
    syslog.1:Nov  2 19:21:16 nikki-desktop kernel: [18519.694068] Buffer I/O error on device sdf1, logical block 3
    It looks like the unmount caused all of the error messages. Can anyone figure out exactly what happened and/or know how to fix it? The OS doesn't see the hard drive AT ALL. Not under fdisk, not in lsusb, not in /dev/sd*... nothing.

    Of course, I have everything from my entire life on this drive... and I don't have a backup. So if anybody has any advice at all, I'd appreciate it so incredibly much. Thanks so much in advance.
    Last edited by nerdybrunette; November 3rd, 2011 at 03:50 AM.

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    Re: Hard Drive Failure w/ 10.04

    Nobody?

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    Re: Hard Drive Failure w/ 10.04

    It's far more likely that the error on unmount was down to hard drive failure, rather than the unmount causing any hard drive issues.

    Does the BIOS see the drive? If not, it's toast.
    If it does, does a liveCD/whatever list the drive with fdisk -l? If not, it's toast.

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    Re: Hard Drive Failure w/ 10.04

    Hey Grenage. Sorry I've taken so long to respond. I got married on November 11th and I have been hesitant to touch my hard drive since because I'm so annoyed about it!

    Anyway, I actually plugged it into my Ubuntu system and fdisk doesn't see it. I changed the enclosure and it doesn't even spin. The power light doesn't even come on.

    Any other ideas? I'm a software engineer and I can deal with technical stuff. There's no way I can fix this at home?

    Thanks again for your help.

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    Re: Hard Drive Failure w/ 10.04

    to put it short:

    your drive is fried and no way to save it.

    If there is critical data on it you should give it to some data recovery lab (consider this a last resort as this will cost you 5000$ +)
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    Re: Hard Drive Failure w/ 10.04

    Really? That's it?

    and is it seriously $5,000+?

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    Re: Hard Drive Failure w/ 10.04

    those labs take their toll...and i am not sure about the price it can be probably alot more...thats why i said only when it is critical data and to go there as a last resort.

    no way to save the data otherwise

    note: even if you give the HDD to a data recovery lab, it is not garuanteed you will see all your data again...
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    Re: Hard Drive Failure w/ 10.04

    Aw man. Thanks for your help, I appreciate it.

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    Re: Hard Drive Failure w/ 10.04

    Quote Originally Posted by nerdybrunette View Post
    Aw man. Thanks for your help, I appreciate it.
    re-reading Grenage's post, you only checked if the disk showed up in fstab? You should take a look if it is displayed in BIOS or not. (if not, it is fried 100%)
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    Re: Hard Drive Failure w/ 10.04

    you said its an external drive?

    Just take the drive out of the casing and put it directly into the computer. The usb interface could be bad.

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