I had a HDD crash back in 2005 and was fortunate enough to run across QueTek File Scavenger and was able to recover most everything.
Well, last night, my Western Digital MyBook 500gb drive went kablooey right in the middle of watching a movie off of it. This drive was hooked to my Mac file storage machine and was idle most of the time, so I was curious as to why it would die all of a sudden. I felt the drive and it was quite warm to the touch, and my office is quite warm to boot, so I am going to attribute this problem to heat. It was also on the bottom of the stack of 2 other WD MyBook 500gb drives.
Everytime I tried restarting the bad drive, it reported itself as a 1.6TB partition and was not able to be read. I tried a few misc utilities on it, but none could read or recover anything. This drive ONCE was a part of a three drive RAID-0 (stripped) and I think somehow it went back to thinking it was since the partition name was “disk3”. Weird…
I ran across one called Nucleus Kernel Macintosh for HFS & HFS+ (Mac) formats, and thought I’d give it a try. It was able to immediately and quickly scan the drive and I could see all the files that were “lost”… I called up a buddy of mine who is a BIG mac guru and he happened to have a full copy of it, so he brought it over and it is recovering now. (The demo version cannot recover much)
It should be finished sometime tomorrow and I’ll be sure to make duplicates in the future. I should have learned my lesson by now.
I may end up getting a true RAID SAN/NAS device that has total failover in case of single drive failure. There’s no feeling worse than thinking you lost years of work due to a stupid hard drive crapping out on you.