Percussive maintenance

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  1. There’s a good chance the disk is on its way out, so time to look for a replacement. Can you read its SMART status (often not supported on external drive boxes)?

  2. David Sellwood

    23 May, 2006 at 6:31 pm

    Percussive maintenance is also a good way of “fixing” older iPods which don’t respond anymore, tried it on an old 2G pod a while ago, dropped it on its corner onto a desk from about 4inches, worked a treat after!

  3. We have a computer at work that if powered off requires a sharp roation of the disk to start it up.

  4. Sadly Harro, the only way of doing a SMART check is to bung the thing inside my Power Mac. I keep meaning pick up a PCI IDE card so I can add more drives internally, but I’ve never managed to find anyone who’ll sell me a drive mounting bracket. There’s space in the case for another three or four drives (!), but the brackets seem impossible to get hold of. Boo!

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