jfoust at threedee.com
Fri Mar 12 06:27:25 CST 2010
Just my luck! I'm making the final backup copy of my old Mac G3,
and one of the drives dies, and my other backup wasn't.
I take it apart - it's a 20 gig IBM Deskstar DTLA-305020, just
old enough for the (cough) ten-year-rule, and well-known prone to
two modes of failure, click of death and NVRAM failure. I'm hearing
the NVRAM failure sound as shown at:
In googling, I saw one reference to someone replacing the 8-pin NVRAM
themselves from a donor drive, but that seems risky to me.
I think I'll send it to Gillware.com, a Madison, WI-based recovery
place. They offer $400-700 Windows recovery but charge a premium
for Mac recovery ($700-$1000) and Linux ($800-1000), with the higher
price for "clean room recovery". (Hmm, I thought bits were bits.)
Any other advice - besides a better backup strategy?
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