THOUGHT: I love my Apple iPod - more and more
As you might remember some weeks ago, when I attended the annual Microsoft MVP summit, I bought an Apple iPod with 40 GB storage space!
While the iPod was initially bought to hold my complete music collection plus the one or the other file, now it became my preferred data recovery drive!
As you might have seen yesterday, the "My Documents" hard drive of my main PC decided to die. Well, actually it's not dead but Windows XP doesn't recognizes it as already formatted but told me it's not formatted. Thanks to Carlo I've tested GetDataBack for
NTFS and it found - more or less - all my files as far as I've seen. However - the HDD is 40 GB and the available space on my second HDD is 20 GB only.
GetDataBack works like this: it scrawls your defective drive and creates a list
of files it can possibly recover - bit by bit, cluster by cluster (the process
itself takes very long and I did it last night). Then it offers you to "copy"
the recoverable files to a new location and from there they are back!
But again - recovering a 40 GB HDD requires another 40 GB HDD and because this
driver is already the slave, I wasn't able to plug-in the new hard disk - I
already bought - to copy it to there. So I was in need of a solution.
The solutions stood in front of me, my beloved iPod which includes a 40 GB hard
disk as well and is connected via
FireWire to my PC!
FireWire provides data transfer speeds up to 400 Mbps (megabits per second) which is fairly enough since it is 4 times faster than my
home LAN (so copying it to another computer - my second alternative takes 4
So I moved all the files from my iPod back to my Notebook to clean it up and XP
recognized it (I've installed XP as a fresh copy on my PC) immediately as
FireWire hard disk, even without installing iTunes.
No it was easy going: in GetDataBack I had to select the storage drive and there
I also found my iPod. The rest was done by the software, the PC, the FireWire
connection and my iPod.
The iPod, I bought primarily as my MP3 player and secondarily as a mobile HDD
for my Notebook saved my life and my data! Woohoo... The 499 US$ was the best
buy I had in the past months and it already paid off. For the last 3 weeks as my
mobile music companion and now as my recovery storage #1. Wonder how to handle
the data recovery with my new 160 GB HDD if this happens again... Buying
additional 3 iPods? ;-)
And yes, I have to admit that my Pocket PCs and Smartphones wasn't able to help
me here. Even if they prevents me from a lot of hassle and trouble, this time
they wasn't able to help... Microsoft, will we ever see a Pocket PC with a 120
GB HDD which can be accessed directly without having ActiveSync in the middle?
Cheers ~ Arne