For my first time getting hands-on with electronics, I've decided on quite the challenge.
December 15, 2023
This is the first time I am working with electronics, so please be a little more lenient with me. This is more of a documentation of my process, rather than a tutorial; if there are any mistakes, please feel free to message me to let me know so I can learn more!
Well, I admit I've been a naughty boy these past 10 years. And nobody has ever caught me! What's my crime? I never made backups, and finally that came to bite me in the ass.
My trusty 2TB HDD, which has been my 3D scene file storage since 2014, has bitten the dust. Rest in peace brother, you've done a good job. I'm lucky in the way it happened though, since it just wouldn't give any sign of life: neither in my PC, nor in the external hard drive case; but how is that a good sign at all? If a hard drive makes noises it shouldn't make, those are coming from the mechanical insides, which are about 100% impossible to fix without a lot of time, dedication, and a cleanroom in your vicinity. As that wasn't the case for me, I deducted it was probably the electronics at fault.
After months of letting it sit in my Box of Useful Stuff™ for the last few months without really knowing what to do, I decided to take it to the makerspace of my uni. At this point I want to give a huge shoutout to Tobias, the electronics expert of the makerspace, who was a great teacher in everything we did.
↝ Finding out what's wrong
↝ Fixing what's wrong
Putting the drive back together and plugging it in, we were greeted with the sound of a working hard drive! It was alive! We quickly copied the data over to a new drive, and I was able to save all my files. I'm very happy that I was able to save my data, and I'm very grateful to Tobias for helping me out with this. I've learned a ton about getting hands-on with electronics in this first venture, and I'm excited to learn more in the future!
I hope you enjoyed this little journey of mine, and maybe even learned something new. Have fun and keep on doing what you love!