I've been backing up old IDE hard drives onto a new USB drive this afternoon.
One, a 2002 120gb Western Digital, has been a bit of a problem. I have connected it (as with the other hard drives) to the IDE port on the motherboard, and when I power on the computer, it makes clunky/whirry sounds which I'd prefer not to hear. Clunk, whirr, HDD powers down, powers up, OS tries again, then eventually the OS (OpenSuse right now) loads.
The relevant output from
dmesg is as follows:
[ 1.044144] ata1: clearing spurious IRQ [ 1.065767] ata1.00: ATA-5: WDC WD1200JB-00CRA1, 17.07W17, max UDMA/100 [ 1.065769] ata1.00: 234441648 sectors, multi 16: LBA [ 1.065858] ata1: clearing spurious IRQ [ 1.072420] ata1: clearing spurious IRQ [ 1.072685] ata3.01: ATA-8: ST3500418AS, CC38, max UDMA/133 [ 1.072689] ata3.01: 976773168 sectors, multi 16: LBA48 NCQ (depth 0/32) [ 1.080399] ata4.00: ATAPI: BENQ DVD DC DW220S, 9B32, max UDMA/100 [ 1.080614] ata4.01: ATA-8: ST3500418AS, CC38, max UDMA/133 [ 1.080617] ata4.01: 976773168 sectors, multi 16: LBA48 NCQ (depth 0/32) [ 1.081269] ata1.00: configured for UDMA/100 [ 1.081374] scsi 0:0:0:0: Direct-Access ATA WDC WD1200JB-00C 17.0 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5 [ 1.081574] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] 234441648 512-byte logical blocks: (120 GB/111 GiB) [ 1.081609] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off [ 1.081611] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00 [ 1.081628] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA [ 1.081722] sda:
fdisk -l, nothing relating to sda shows up.
What I was hoping to do, was do a big ol'
dd copy of
/dev/sda, then use photorec or something to get some files out of it. The fact that it was recognized in
dmesg is encouraging, but I'm wondering whether there is in fact anything to be done.
Would be grateful for any help in deciphering the