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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GRC's SpinRite?
by tomfin on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 14:03 UTC
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Going out on a limb and plugging's SpinRite for clunking hard disks.

Okay, so it's not free ($89) and this is a shameless promotion - but it's well worth a shot before drastic action, like smacking the drive off a desk or leaving it in a freezer. There's always a refund if it fails to work some magic.

Since it cares not a jot about the disk format it'll operate on just about any kind of OS or data, even fully encrypted drives.

Has anyone else used it? This is just 4450 of my $0.02 ;)

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