Monday, March 03, 2008

Whatever you do.....

Don't turn it off after it's been on for years and then transport it 120 miles. It will end in tears, it really will. I have nothing more to add. Now please excuse me whilst I go and kick something or perhaps someone. Does anyone know where I can buy body paint and chickens' blood from in bulk?

Update: Also rubbish. At least the V440 makes a pretty paperweight.Now.... back to violence and ritual dancing.

16 comments:

Barnacle Bill said...

You did remember to make a back-up copy?

bovinemoo said...

Those who know feel your pain.

Croydonian said...

Say what you like about Sun, their stuff looks gorgeous.

Still, there's always this as a possibility(Worksafwe click, honest)

Tim said...

In that state it is far more secure than any government computer. It is far more use than every nuLieBore MP too.

Unixman said...

You can have me E450 if you want!

dizzy said...

I could use it as an mp3 player in my car

Annie said...

You have tried putting it in the fridge, haven't you? No really, it does work sometimes.
Sharing your pain.

Little Black Sambo said...

Can't understand a word of this.

the fat old tramp said...

Croydonian said:
"Say what you like about Sun, their stuff looks gorgeous."

Hah. You haven't seen the new stuff - V245s, V45s etc. Dull. Silver and exceedingly bland. Only the higher end stuff (V890s and beyond) are still blue & purple :(

Nevo said...

My 12 year old grandson recommends wrapping it in a towel and tapping it on the end with a red handled screwdriver. He says it worked for his egg box. ( I think that's what he said )
Thank God I've retired from IT now!!
I send my commiserations.

Benedict White said...

Last time I had to fix one of those, it took 5 minutes, (That is rumbled bearing syndrome after a long period of use).

Have you tried checking to see if the disks spin up? If not, the cure is to put the disk on a solid surface, (if you can't do this in situ) and give it a rap on the top above the motor bearing with your knuckles.

Still, if you were an old NetWare hand like me you would have left the thing turned on, plugged into a UPS and moved it, though 120 miles would be a bit f a stretch.

I do feel your pain though.

dizzy said...

Sun should be out today, think it's some other parts to be honest, on more than one.

Benedict White said...

Dizzy, if its still under some kind of hardware cover then good. That said I also hope you have not lost any data. That said another possiblity is that things just need re seating in the box.

dizzy said...

stating the obvious mate.

Pete Chown said...

I once had a hard drive that wouldn't spin up. I didn't have a lot in the way of backups (learnt my lesson after that) so I was in a jam.

I realised that the hard drive was useless the way it was, so I might as well do the only thing I could. I hit it. Nothing happened. So then I hit it really quite hard. (What else could I do? Dismantling it would let dust in and guarantee that I'd never recover any data.) When I gave it the second, harder bang the drive suddenly spun up and was still readable.

It's always worth a try. :-)

Ted Grep said...

I second both the advice about a gentle tap, and the advice about cooling the disk - at least for a last-ditch attempt at recovery of data. I put a dead disk in the freezer for ten minutes and that made the dodgy bearing run for a few minutes, long enough to mount it and dump the data I needed.

PS If we can have a Pete Chown on this list then I can call myself what I like!