Kevin Murray (claystorm) wrote,
Kevin Murray

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Basicly what the phone post says is that I was able to rescue my Outlook PST file. I am very very very happy about that. That was the one file that I thought was a total loss, but I was able to save 99.99% of it. I think I might have lost 1 or 2 e-mail's but over all that is not bad at all, consdering I have thousands of e-mails.

So really that is what I spent my whole afternoon doing. I tried many differnt methods to recover it, including using Knoppix, a verison of linux that I have that runs completely off a CD. Well that Knoppix allowed me to get about 13.5 mb of the file copyied over, where as Windows would crap out, claim data error, and not copy any part of the file. The problem with only getting 13.5 mb, is that my Outlook PST files is over 100mb. LOL. But, I was able to figure out that within that 13.5mb part, there were things in there and they still in tack.

So after screwing around with that for a while I gave up using Knoppix, put the bad hard disk in an anti-static bag, and put it in the freezer for about 20 min. I know as werid as it sounds, it shrinks the size of the read/write head. When the head is having issues reading / writing, it heats up, and grows, which creates more issues, and putting it in the freezer is a trick to shrink the head. After pulling the drive out of the freezer, I tried just connecting it to my computer, and of all the simple things, opening the file. Well, that worked, which at first suprised me. But after thinking about it for a few seconds it makes sense. When I was trying to copy the file off the bad disk, it needed to access every part of the file. When I opended it, due to the was the PST file is built, it basicly opens an index, and then loads on demand what it needs from there.

Anyway, from there I started moving over that I could. Well after getting the major stuff (Contacts, Calendar, Inbox) I started to run into some disk access issues. So I had been talking to my mom off and on all afternoon, trying to trouble shoot some things. Well one of the things she suggested, was to use the import / export tool. Well I did that, and it was easy going from there. So that is a major load of my back right now.

So really that took my whole afternoon, and I stayed until 7pm taking care of some other things that needed to be done, and cleaning my office again. Things had gotten a little messy in all the action over the last few days, and I really do not want it to get out of hand again! Also today I found a data recovery software that is bascily what the pros use, so I downloaded and installed that to my system today, and that is now running tonight on the drive.

Well I guess I will find out how that went when I get into the office Thursday afternoon. So I feel a little better and am really glad that I got my all my e-mail's / calendar / tasks / contacts back. I guess I will set outlook back up to download my e-mail. I have been living off of webmail now since Monday evening, an its getting a little old.

Well, I guess I should be getting bed. I have another long day ahead of me.

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