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[2]: Drive not spinning
by Elv13 on Tue 1st Jan 2013 04:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Drive not spinning"
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I did this time and time again, I also suggest hitting it when powered down. I found to hit it from 5 centimeter above a parallel surface from the longer side of the disk to be the most efficient method. It work when the head or the disks get stuck. It usually need to move only a tiny amount to get freed. I also confirm that if it did this once, it will usually break again soon, for ever.

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