Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 31st Dec 2012 20:26 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Last month, I explained why I use generic desktops and laptops running open source software. They're reliable and inexpensive. But this presumes you can fix them. I believe that even those with no hardware training (like me), can identify and fix most hardware problems. To prove it, here's a quick guide. Feel free to add whatever I've missed.
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RE: Drive not spinning
by umccullough on Tue 1st Jan 2013 02:48 UTC in reply to "Drive not spinning"
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Also quite obviously the drive should not be powered on when you try hitting it, the drive heads will hit the platters.

Oh? I assumed the point of hitting it was to 1) get it spinning again while powered on (this was common with older drives when the spindle motors got tired, a good thump would sometimes get them going again) or 2) to free up the actuator for the heads.

In either case, hitting it while powered should be ok, as long as you were hitting it from the side/edge, and not the top or bottom.

Of course, I would only consider such a tactic as 'desperate measures' for a disk that you had already pronounced dead.

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