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#1 dargueta

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 05:39 PM

Hey all,

So I was recently involved in an accident which resulted in me landing on my laptop on the floor. My laptop sustained some damage, but my flash drive took the brunt of it. The actual chip is fine, but the USB plug is bent up at a 90-degree angle. The leads are all still attached; it's just that the contacts slid back down the plug, and I can't really get them back up. Any ideas how I could get the data off?
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Posted 04 July 2010 - 07:36 PM

What if you stripped the head of a USB extension cord and attached the exposed wires to the slid contacts?
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Posted 04 July 2010 - 09:42 PM

Hm...maybe. I'll have to find one, though. Can't really order stuff online right now.
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Posted 05 July 2010 - 09:11 PM

*bump*
I got the stuff off from my Ubuntu partition, which I thought was corrupted. Apparently the data is fine, but it won't boot. My theory is that the kernel is shot; I really don't want to reinstall the OS, so I'm trying to find a kernel image on the LiveCD. No success so far, though. Suggestions?
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Posted 06 July 2010 - 05:03 PM

Is it the Kernal, or your bootloader?
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Posted 07 July 2010 - 09:08 PM

The bootloader's fine, and the kernel appears to be okay. I've gotten it to boot and run, but it takes roughly ten minutes, most of which is displaying disk read errors. I'm guessing it's a head crash.
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Posted 08 July 2010 - 05:07 AM

Ubuntu 9.10 and 10.04 has given me numerous disk read errors on perfectly fine hardware.
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Posted 08 July 2010 - 09:51 PM

Yeah...but now I can't update anything because apt-get gags, saying there was an IO error while opening the cache. It also randomly locks up for a minute or two, during which the disk busy light is on, but no sound comes from the drive. Odd thing is, my Windows partition works just fine as far as I know.
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 01:31 AM

I know I'm a bit late, but I'm just wondering, have you run fsck on your Ubuntu partition?
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 05:45 PM

Yep, from the live CD. Huge number of errors, but they got fixed. Ubuntu is still trashed, but I don't want to reinstall it just yet until I get all of my stuff backed up onto a remote server. (It trashed another USB drive I was using because it crashed while I had it in there.)
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