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A techie knows no loss like the loss of a hard drive.
Months and years of music and spreadsheets can be gone in an instant when you discover that your hard drive is failing. Luckily, one Lifehacker reader found himself in this situation and either cleverly or curiously flipped the hard drive over on it's back:
My mom's hard drive (which wasn't backed up) started failing the other day, and she asked me to try and help save it. I tried to back up the hard drive, but file errors screwed up the process until I flipped the drive over. Having the drive sit upside down fixed it temporarily so I could copy everything over.
It might not always work, but it's still a great tip to keep in mind next time you're in your home office ready to pull your hair out.