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Recover External HD with Linux OS Installed, possibly broken.

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#1 Ariana Anora

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:28 PM


I have a 1TB used external HD that I purchased online. It was already on its way out, but i was hopeing it would last a year before it died. In any even, that was a few months ago, and it's been slowly going, but nothing drastic - just slow sometimes, and clicking. But, then yesterday it got a bit of a beating :( , and now it looks different at start-up; it has symbols [question marks] (instead of a line border) surrounding the options for booting (Linux, Linus recovery, memory test, memory test serial). And nothing works except the memory tests, which do nothing for booting the computer up. - I try the first two (above the memory tests) and they either give me the error set the looks something like this: "error: out of disk (repeat multiple times) stack overflow detected!" (something something), and the second time it says something like "couldn't read file, initial ramdisk, you need to load kernel first", or they loop back around the the menu page.

I have a Bootmed CD that I've tried to use, but it doesn't see the external HD, so I cant use it to extract the files or fix anything else to do with it. What do I do to fix this problem :'( ? I'm writing a book and have my minecraft game and worlds on there :( . I can't buy anything, so if it requires purchasing something, then let me know, if if there are other options that I dont have to purchase, that would be prefered so I can start using my computer ASAP. thanks~!

Please change topic name: "Fix External HD with Linux OS Installed, or Recover it's data; HD possibly partially broken."

Edited by Ariana Anora, 11 May 2012 - 08:41 PM.

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 06:01 PM

As I understand you heard a lot of noise coming yesterday from the external drive. That was after
several weeks of of clicking and other signs of hdd failing. Also, you said the Linux Live CD would not
recognize the external drive.

If that is so, then I would say you now have a drive that only some expensive lab could hope to recover
any data from.

Is there an internal drive and is it bootable?
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#3 Ariana Anora

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 06:50 PM

There is no internal. I had to remove it as it was broken and interfering with my external HD during boot; things went alot faster after it's removal. It's still unusable and I have no idea where it is. Anyway, I just need my data. Can a disk or something free or cheap help me? The HD comes on, it just isnt recognized. I saw someone else was told to try a new USB port and/or chord, so would that possibly help?

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