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Old 04-25-2010, 08:27:20 AM
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Just so you know, certain Seagate Barracuda hard disk drives are prone to failure! Be certain to copy your valuable stuff (contents of My Documents and Email) to either a CD, DVD or a second drive.

This lesson learned is a difficult one at best. My brother's 500G drive just took a tumble and I am helping with the recovery.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01...ailure_plague/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01..._and_recovery/

http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/cr...p?DocId=207931

http://support.seagate.com/firmware/drive_config.html
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Harry that's a plain nightmare at best.
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Old 04-25-2010, 05:51:49 PM
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I’ve been in the computing business for 40 years and the one thing that continues to amaze me is the caviler attitude nearly everyone has on backing up their important data (information they want to keep).

At work, when ever the Organizational Resiliency Services group visit us, and they do regularly, the first thing they want to review is our backup hardware / software and our implemented backup schedule; and they have, from time to time, even requested that they be given the opportunity to choose a random backup and have us restore it to prove that there is useful data on the medium.

At home, I routinely burn the family’s photos, etc. to DVDs, and I don’t burn one, I burn two. I also verify that the data once burned can be retrieved.

Hard drive crashes and/or software failures that destroy data are not something that may happen to you, they are something that WILL happen sooner or later. When the computer crashes and you loose all your data, don’t blame the computer; it’s just a machine that is going to have mechanical /electrical problems every once in a while, just like our old engines do. It’s your responsibility as the owner and operator to preserve your data appropriately through a timely and failsafe backup plan / schedule.
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Don't leave backup discs in the same place as the PC, store somewhere else, preferably at another location.

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Old 04-26-2010, 04:23:52 PM
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I'm now in the middle of a Barracuda mess. At least, the drive never got as far as a successful format.

It's a 160Gig Barracuda and I figured it would be a piece of cake to slap it in my machine and clone my present 120Gig Barracuda to it.

I sent back the second new drive that failed to format. I tried everything - I mean EVERYTHING to get those drives to work but Windoze reports a boot sector error on the latest one and simply failed to format the first one.

Maybe 3rd time is the charm

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I never did get the crashed drive to do anything at all. The new one is up and running and the recovery era has begun. You never think of what all is in your computer until you lose it.
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Thanks for the reminder! I had planned to back up my picture and word files for the tractor articles I do and of course, had put it off! Until today!
They were already on separate discs filed away at the time each one was completed, but it never hurts to have extras. I also try to keep all the rough notes and other "work material" for that day when someone plagiarizes this stuff - at least you have some proof of first use. and yes, that has happened!
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At a MINIMUM......send your email address book to yourself at some ethernet based account like msn, yahoo or who-ever.....maybe a file with all your logins and passwords too.
The price of external drives has never been cheaper.......and so easy to use!
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i have a external hard drive to use as a backup i do it about every 6 months ,when done i unplug it and unplug it fron the pc ,is this good or bad. thanks ron brown in central illinois
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Hi

I use external drives and “Mirror” my drive to a mountable file.

I am presently running 5 computers; I do this on 3 the 4th & 5th being a server & standby web server that I mirror the main server to weekly. The servers are not high use machines.

Many times this process has reduced what would have been a catastrophic event to a couple of hours time to put a new drive in and restore it with the latest “Mirror”.

In the case of the servers the last event was last month. Failed the main, came in on the Internet and switched servers. Up and running with in an hour of the failure.

Built a new server, triple core win 7 64 bits. Install the 4 programs used in the server. Mount the mirror file and move all data subdirectories to the new drive. This has now become my stand by server (the old OS was XP).

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PS Brickman I do the same.
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To update my Barracuda experience of an earlier post, I finally found out that the drive wasn't the problem (after getting a SECOND replacement!). The problem was a hard drive ceiling limit on my motherboard that was under the 160G of the new drive.

What I ended up doing was replacing the motherboard with one that supports RAID along with a couple of 1TB drives. After some fits and starts, I had the whole works running and I THINK that I'm safe with with the mirrored drives. I don't want to even THINK of losing the hardware in a fire!

I never did find out how to recover the Outlook address book. I don't think it can be done. It must be encrypted in an obscure file because I've searched the old drive for anything that even remotely looks like addresses and find nothing.

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Search for *.pst, location varies with the version of windows.
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Kevin:

I did a global search for the *.pst files as you suggested. I even went through the hidden files. Nada. All the search engine (Windoze explorer) found were some *.inf files. Don't ask me why it returned those extensions when I specified *.pst.

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Outlook or Outlook Express?
In Outlook Express search for .wab
.pst is Outlook.
You also might try a search for PAB for Outlook.

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Craig:

I've searched for any .pst or .wab files on my hard drive and found nothing.

Any more suggestions?

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Hi

Is there any chance you’re on a network with a network server or VPN with a network server? If you are then file may be on the server.

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Phil:

No - I'm not on any network server except my ISP and I don't do webmail except when I'm on the road and have access to a computer. My address book resides hidden somewhere on my hard drive.

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Elden

Have you tried a search for "address book" OR, click start menu--all programs--accessories--address book ?? Is it listed in there ??

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I've searched for any .pst or .wab files on my hard drive and found nothing.

Any more suggestions?

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But did you search for .pab (the Outlook format for personal address book) files?
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But did you search for .pab (the Outlook format for personal address book) files?
Are the .wab files "Web based Address Book" files ??

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