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Linux rescues a failing hard drive

Dec 01, 2009, 12:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Horowitz)

"Clearly this was a hardware problem. The next step should be Steve Gibson's SpinRite, but I wasn't home and I'm not in the habit of traveling with my SpinRite CD.

"I do travel with a copy of Linux on a USB flash drive, but the computer was too old to boot off a USB connected device.

"So I removed the hard drive from the laptop and took it home. That the hard drive rattled when shaken did not make me optimistic."

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