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11-22-2016 01:45 PM
HARD DISC E:ON MY WINDOWS VISTA WAS WORKING PERFECTLY FOR 8 YEARS, BUT SOMEHOW IT HAS STOPPED. NOW I AM UNABLE TO COPY (CACK UP) DESKTOP FILES TO HARD DISC E:
11-22-2016 04:39 PM
> WORKING PERFECTLY FOR 8 YEARS, BUT SOMEHOW IT HAS STOPPED.
Given that a disk-drive has a "warranty" that is either 1 or 2 or maybe 3 years, any EIGHT years old disk-drive should have been replaced, a long time ago.
Google-search for "download SPECCY free".
Download, install, and run this software, and expand the "storage" section, to see if your motherboard still detects that disk-drive.
11-23-2016 09:29 AM
> There are programs to copy the data
This assumes that:
- the disk-drive is still getting electrical power (check this!)
- the disk-drive is still physically-connected to the motherboard (check both ends of the ribbon-cable!)
- the electronics board on the disk-drive has not failed
- the motor inside the disk-drive is still spinning the disk-drive (listen for spinning noises, or touch it, to feel heat and/or vibration as it spins)
- the R/W head inside the disk-drive is moving correctly across the surface of the recording media (bad news if you hear hard "clicks" coming from the disk-drive)
> The best what you can do to protect you against crashes is set up a raid (not raid 0).
Correct. But, you need to do this *BEFORE* having a disk failure.
Such an arrangement is called "RAID Mirroring" or "RAID-1". It uses two disk-drives, each recording, in real-time, everything that the Operating System "writes" to the "RAID-array".
If one of the disk-drives "fails", then the data still exists on the other disk-drive in the "array".
Remove the failed disk-drive, install a replacement disk-drive (same size, or larger, than the failed drive),
and then allow the "automatic rebuild" to copy all the data from the "good" disk onto the empty drive,
to re-establish the "mirroring".