Seagate ST39173N 9.1GB Narrow SCSI Drive failure
jules.richardson99 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 13 08:35:32 CDT 2010
Pete Turnbull wrote:
> Doc wrote:
>> Mark Wickens wrote:
>>> My (limited) diagnostic skills would point towards a drive motor
>>> controller failure, or less likely sticking heads. Given that the
>>> drive has been powered down and up on a number of occasions without
>>> issue I'm thinking it is probably a controller failure rather than a
>>> head problem, but I'm open to alternative opinions.
>> I've gotten my data off of more than one SCSI drive by freezing it
>> and whacking it. Let it stabilize in the freezer for a few hours,
>> drop it flat from a foot or so, and plug it in *quickly* to a system
>> that can take a backup.
>> It's a one-shot deal - that's invariably been the last time the
>> drive spun up.
> Useful, I agree, and often successful, though one should remember to
> check that the electronics aren't covered in condensation when you power
> it up :-)
Indeed. I've used big pans of ice sat upon the drive before as a way of
keeping the temperature down long enough to get the data off - seems to work
well (just use something as a non-conductive barrier on the PCB side).
If that Seagate drive is the one I'm thinking of, they had a reputation for
running hot and slowly cooking themselves :-( I think I have one with a
narrow interface still, but it's overseas so unfortunately I'm not getting to
it any time soon.
If the problem is heads stuck to platters, then worst-case you could open the
drive up and try freeing them by turning the spindle manually - I've had good
results with that in the past. Do it in as clean an environment that you can
manage (and ditch the drive afterwards, obviously).
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