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How To Make Sure Your Hard Drive Is Okay

  • Episode 490
  • February 8, 2017

When Jeff's young child dropped their PlayStation 3 from 6-feet, he wisely decided to have it looked at before trying to boot it up again. Don't risk it even if it boots: we'll show you how to use ddrescue first to not only create an image of your hard drive, but also to see if there are errors with it.

Oh, how heartbreaking to hear Jeff's wee kid pulled their PlayStation 3 off the mantle and apparently destroyed it!

One thing I've learned the hard way enough times, and I hope you'll learn to avoid by watching this episode, is that you don't take the chance. That game console was dropped, and while Jeff could possibly have followed YouTuber's advice to simply re-seat the hard drive and it'd start working again, who's to say the drive wouldn't later fail, or have bad sectors that start to bleed out onto other areas of the drive resulting in a catastrophic failure down the road?

So we'll play it safe: let's learn to use a free LInux tool to create a data recovery image of the entire hard drive, and report along the way if it finds any errors with the drive. Then, and only then, can we feel confident in re-seating the drive and hoping it boots up.

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