If you're interested, Ed Nisley, an electronics engineer writing in Dr.
Dobb's magazine, explains why "gently slamming" often works (page 2 of
article, 5th paragraph).

http://www.ddj.com/dept/embedded/199902736?pgno=1




----- Original Message -----
From: "Dan" <dan27649@xxxxxxxxx>
To: "PC Technical Discussion for iSeries Users" <pctech@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 11:32 AM
Subject: Re: [PCTECH] Thunderstorms and PC left on...


On 7/11/07, Bob Crothers <bob2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Try freezing it overnight. Hook up as a slave in the morning and
immediately copy everything off of it.

Another method is to hold it in your hand and smack it down on a table
fairly hard. Might jar the mechanism loose if you are lucky.

Of course, both of the above could also toast the drive for good and
should
only be used as a last resort.


I've been thinking about these two methods as well, but am waffling since
these seem more appropriate for "stiction" problems, and not what is
likely
an electrical problem. Can't hurt, I guess.

Booth: "Gently slam"?

- Dan
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