Wilmington, Delaware, USA
gl0tch :: premodea
Mac, M-Audio, Evolution, Bluesky, Abelton, Logic, Max/MSP, Numerology, PropsHeads, Native Instruments, Izotope, Spectrasonics, PSP
Electronic Music other: I lost my entire music collection
Written March 10 2007 , Tags: mp3, music, complete fuckin
So my fiancée and I lost our entire music collection to a piece of shit 250GB Lacie harddrive that somehow magically died after a recent flight across the country. This happened 2 days after working fine and mere weeks before my wedding. I am so numb and so upset I can barely type this. I can't even comprehend the magnitude of this loss. I feel as if I just witnessed my cat being pulled apart limb by limb and eaten by a band of dirty savages. If I had to choose between this or my apartment burning down with all my clothing, books, and furniture.... I'd be roasting fucking marshmallows right about now. I can't even listen to music in the car at this point. I'm realizing how much of a large part of my conversations, in speech or online, are dedicated to music. It's like I've completely lost one of the most important things in my life. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.
- Every mp3 from a CD my fiancée ever owned, ripped, and resold to a used cd store... gone.
- Every mp3 from a CD I ever owned, ripped, and resold to a used cd store... gone.
- Every mp3 I ever acquired; through friends, through iTunes, through slsk, or whatever... gone. Crazy autechre live sets; gone. Demos my friends sent; gone.
- On top of that, every hi-res source file that I have archived during my work as an album art designer is gone. My images library and disc templates are gone. My MFA research materials are gone too. My Mecha pics are gone. My machine parts image library is gone.
I've obtained the Top 5 OSX Data Recovery and HardDrive Solution programs out there. NONE of them work. None of them have fixed the problem. Nothing shows up on the desktop of my MacBook Pro. I guess it’s not able to mount or something. Disk Utilities is showing errors and somehow it won’t continue repairs. It reports back: “The underlying task reported failure on exit”
– In Disk Warrior, I tried to rebuild the directory, but it says “the directory cannot be rebuilt because the file system is unsupported.”
– In Drive Genius, what little Scanning I did seems to report mostly bad sectors, though I stopped the proces early since the rate it was going would have taken over 488 days to complete. (btw-I have no clue how to do the sector/hex edit option).
– In TechTools Pro 4, trying to “Recover Files Using Directory Data” doesnt even show my external HD as an option onto which I can perform this function. However, when running Test Devices, my external is available and passes the tests.
– In Rescue Pro, I get Read errors like a bitch and (just like the scanning did in Drive Genius) the sectors around 11000-12000 slow down to a crawl.
– The drive also isnt loading on a PC
– Oh, and in fucking Data Rescue II it says its going to take 2000+ hours to do a thorough scan BEFORE I can even attempt to recover anything (assuming there is something there to recover)
What the fuck am I going to do? I’m suspicious that there is a clever way I can still get access to my shit without paying thousands of dollars to duplicate and dissect my HD. I’m wondering if there’s a way to temporarily by-pass the bad sectors so I can access the goodones. Arrgghh! Fuck me, this fucking blows. This is nearly overshadowing everything.
I think I am going to not listen to music again until I finish a proper release for the first time in my stupid life.
There are companies that can recover the data. Ones that can actually just take the physical disk and recover from it. I'd range the price from 300 dollars to 1,000 if the drive needle is fucked and they have to take out the physical disk.. But I PROMISE you, if you're willing to spend the money.. you CAN get it back.
yeah, do what jdg says.
If jdg's tips didn't immediately work:
First thing I'd do would be to put it on a physical ide interface, to avoid any potential snags with your usb/firewire interface.
Secondly, (and let me preface this by saying I know nothing about mac data recovery software) if any of your recovery software allows you to image the drive (regardless of sector readability) onto another drive, then _do it asap_. Then do data recovery on the image to keep your original from getting any more hosed than it already is, especially if there is a physical problem with the drive.
That being said, for any pc folks out there who find themselves in a similar situation, I've tried a whole bunch of these recovery programs, and the software from DIY Data Recovery is great. I highly, highly recommend their Diskpatch program, as it can do things that nothing else I've seen can do. I was able to recover stuff from a particular drive that my other data recovery programs couldn't even touch.
what's a solid replacement for a lacie drive? what drive will be the most reliable?
best of luck glotch.
really sorry to hear about your hd-loss.
hope, you can get it back somehow.
and congrats on the wedding stuff
sorry about your data loss gl0tch, always sucks. had big trouble with my at the time ridiculously expensive lacie d2 as well. the problem was that when the firewire bridge died it sent out a nice electric jolt to the hd, frying its circuit board. tried to buy the exact same hd and replace the pcb, but no luck, it was a different rev. i got _zero_ customer support from lacie despite numerous attempts at getting in touch. i'm assembling all my external hds myself now. i love these cases, smallest 3.5" case i've come across so far: link
one more utility. testdisk. it's opensource (gnu).
Congratulations on the wedding man.
Best of luck with the harddrive. I'd take JDG's advice, he seems to know his shit
well i have same problem a couple of years ago.I was flying to london and wen i got there, i discover that there was nothing on my computer, no o.s, no files folders or any shit, was all gone, i panic and i talk to my friends there and they told me that the problem was in the MBR (master boot sector), so they point me to this app link
Ive launch it and run a couple of appz from the cd , ive repair all the problems in a couple of minutes everything was back to normal, ive a pc so its difrent from a mac osx but the (sectors,mbr) its all the same.
Its possible that you have not lost your data, but lost the mbr or lost the partition information on your hard drive, if this is the case try some software that might recover this.
[quote=fredo]what's a solid replacement for a lacie drive? what drive will be the most reliable?[quote]
i have a lacie i've never had problems with. i have an older ezquest cobra FW drive that has been a real pain in the ass. it disappears from the desktop and wants to be reinialized all the time then i reboot and it's fine. but i have another ezquest drive that is awesome. never a problem.
i recently got a seagate FW drive form bestbuy of all places and it so has been great. it's designed for back up so it goes to sleep on its own then wakes up when accessed. i'm sure there's a way to keep it awake all the time. i didn't install the software that came w/it. just plugged it in to the mac mini. i use it only for media.
here it is:
i have a couple western digital drives in my G5 that so far are great. the raptor drives. super fast too.
if you want to overpay for a drive then get some glyphs.
you can always build your own back up drive.. buy a case and al that and buy the bare drive. it's not difficult. then you can spec it out yourself.
western digital is great.
Oh man glotch... I feel ya, Ive lost about 3 years of my work... The only thing I can say is no matter how hard it is, get moving on it again, if for some reason you cant salvage(I have a feeling you will be able to) dont let it kill you, It is definitly like watching your children murdered in front of you.
when I was living in Miami, I was in a shockrock band and one day Tom Trapp was at school durning the day and some people broke into his house. They stole tape recordings of over 15 years of work and even took the almost 60 lbs of beautiful manuscripted written music that he had been painstakingly arranging for orchestra. I have never seen such a broken redneck in my life. He was crying for days.
ignatius said: "if you want to overpay for a drive then get some glyphs."
yeah if you crack open a glyph case, you will find out that the drive is a maxtor...
@Fredo: Check the warranties of the harddrives. Usually seagates are 5 years. The rest about 3 or at one point everything was 1 year. The warranties might vary from country to country. if you buy an enclosure together with the harddrives i.e. like those lacies, the warranties are usually shittier than if you buy an empty enclosure ( usually a year ) + warranty on the drive (~ 3 ). At the moment i favour seagates, western digital and hitachis.
You ripped your collection to MP3 and sold it all?
I don't feel bad for you at all. That's what I feel sorry about ... not feeling bad... you might have deserved it .... you scammer ;)
michael, get yourself a western digital drive you net time around.
this reminds me of the time my laptop was stolen with all my music (that i listened to, and created), writing, photos, everything. these things happen sometimes
if anyone cares.. my wifes HD died last night.
DOPE.. im doing some voodoo recovery on it right now... so far, only lost about 5% of the data.
WHO NEEDS DATA ANYHOW?!
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