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I know it's nowt t' do wi 't bikes but I have to spread the word.

I had a real 'oh feck' moment yesterday when a 250Gb external drive that had the only copies of 25Gb of photos etc. stored on it became unreadable.

After beating myself up about not backing up I trawled the web and downloaded a freebie - recuva.com. Despite the chav name it was dead simple to use, worked a treat and after 3 hours of chuntering away it had recovered all 68,000 files. Magic. I just hope that Gary Glitter doesn't get hold of it.........
 
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I have a copy of ONTRACK from when I used to be an IT support specialist and component level repair tech. Best tool on the market and it's what most of the major manufacturers use. Great for corrupt hdd's but any software is useless for hardware faults. Once of the reasons as to why I run two drives (both 500Gb) and every now and then copy the user data from one to another
 

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I run a similar setup but every few months I also snapshot the irreplaceable stuff (years of family photos mainly) onto a third drive and put away in a locked safe offsite.

Having a backup co-located will protect you against hardware failure but not against Bertie the burglar or the perils of fire.

It's a small overhead that hopefully you will never need but the photos are irreplaceable and therefore priceless to me.
 

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As we're turning this in to a back up thread..... I use Carbonite, the on-line backup service, mainly.
 

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Paragon drive backup pro

Tried acronis but if you have partitioned the disk, it deletes other partitions when restoring, great.
 

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Some general interest.


On my main PC (XP-Prof) I have a RAID1 mirrored disc pair 120GBytes with an Adeptec Controller and have been using this for five years with no timeouts or challenges. This is a high resilience configuration.

If you have a corrupt (HDD) disc it can be one of several reasons. The Software driver (unlikely), the disc controller or the drive itself, or even a malicious disc virus. Firstly, eliminate hardware failures (as indicated by Kymmy). I used to use Micro-Scope Universal Diagnostic Software, which is booted-in through a floppy drive and has its own load and go operating system. This will check everything in a PC, including system boards, memory and all interfaces, controller tests and diagnostics, disc read and writes (with caution) and a host of other things.

If all hardware tests pass OK the next step is to seek some professional advice, unless you know what you are doing. The safest way is to remove the HDD and connect to a known good PC and then use some HDD file recovery software. See www.stellarinfo.com , for a variety of software used across may operating systems. I have not used any of this so I cannot vouch for its effectiveness.

Each week I backup the mirrored pair to a USB device and store it elsewhere just in case. To prevent unwanted accesses from the Internet I use a NetGear DG834GT Firewall Router, F-Secure Anti-Virus and PC Tools Spyware software. The Wi-Fi set up on the router only accepts a pre-defined (by me) access list of PCs and Laptops to the network, identified by their MAC addresses. So far no system outages. :thumbup:


Hope this shows a broader picture.
Mark
 

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Hello, I came to this forum for a similar problem. I need recover some lost emails in Outlook 2007, i used Recuva and Stellar Phoenix, Also y saw Cimaware (it is too expensive),
but none of these softwate work fine. Does anyone know a specifically software for this problem?
 
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