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JGD
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Re: Laptop disposal

Post by JGD » 12 Mar 2019 15:26

mosy wrote:
12 Mar 2019 14:43
Thanks JGD. It seems the best idea is to wait until I'm really cross about something and vent my spleen on the hard drives then :twisted:
And please publish the pix (or the movie) of its destruction !!

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Re: Laptop disposal

Post by John H » 12 Mar 2019 19:08

mosy wrote:
11 Mar 2019 16:12
You're more decisive than I. I have a small pile of crashed hard drives from over the years that I'm still deciding what to do with!

Help please on one question: If a hard drive crashes so won't load, how do you load it to be able to wipe it? Some computer shops say they can, although arguably in that case they could also recover the data unbeknownst to me. One said they could save my data and transfer it to a new disc. I'm just wondering what they can do that I can't if the drive won't load.
YOu do not rely on the disk concerned booting. You add it as an extra drive either by plugging into the appropriate socket OR using an external docking unit. Your current operating system is in charge and subject to a virus scan... You can then manage the content.

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Re: Laptop disposal

Post by JGD » 12 Mar 2019 20:09

John H wrote:
12 Mar 2019 19:08

YOu do not rely on the disk concerned booting. You add it as an extra drive either by plugging into the appropriate socket OR using an external docking unit. Your current operating system is in charge and subject to a virus scan... You can then manage the content.
Absolutely correct. I would never choose to make a potentially faulty disk bootable. The primary disk in the pc to which the disk concerned is connected needs to be just that - the primary disk.

What we are discussing here is, if a disk is dead and no internals are responding it will never actually be readable again - in any circumstance unless you find an engineer who can replace the on-board disk controller. Connecting a dead disk to another machine leaves you with just that - a dead disk.

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Re: Laptop disposal

Post by John H » 13 Mar 2019 14:18

JGD wrote:
12 Mar 2019 20:09
John H wrote:
12 Mar 2019 19:08

YOu do not rely on the disk concerned booting. You add it as an extra drive either by plugging into the appropriate socket OR using an external docking unit. Your current operating system is in charge and subject to a virus scan... You can then manage the content.
Absolutely correct. I would never choose to make a potentially faulty disk bootable. The primary disk in the pc to which the disk concerned is connected needs to be just that - the primary disk.

What we are discussing here is, if a disk is dead and no internals are responding it will never actually be readable again - in any circumstance unless you find an engineer who can replace the on-board disk controller. Connecting a dead disk to another machine leaves you with just that - a dead disk.
Frequently what seems to be a "dead" disk is nothing of the sort. It merely is a disk that will no longer boot. I have cleaned up dozens of such disks... perhaps hundreds.

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Re: Laptop disposal

Post by JGD » 13 Mar 2019 23:17

John H wrote:
13 Mar 2019 14:18
Frequently what seems to be a "dead" disk is nothing of the sort.
Absolutely.

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