grrrr! Dell Non-support…NO help except for recovery media everyone used to get w/ new computer anyway
Something I do not understand is if the platter spins and some recovery apps see data files (according to friend) and even that they are sound, why can’t a sata-usb harness allow any PC to look at the contents from the usb? Not boot, just read from the folders as some of you have done.
Anyone ever have BB use their recovery ‘mule’ device?
I know I'll catch flak on this (that may be a pun!), but we opened it up and the platter looked unscratched. The arm was not parked, but was reset and it was spinnable after that. That was Saturday. On Sunday he had us return to his house and we took it to him again and he got his Seagate and other tools to do what I've reported. He has helped a lot with our dog shelter needs, including video surveillance security cams.
The more I think on this, since we need a new HD anyways, maybe I need a good source to order a near 15 month old Samsung 320 Gb HD used in Inspiron 3520 laptops sold at BB.
Any leads on a good and timely source?
There is an upcoming need for the spreadsheet, so Martha is anxious to take action (even if it has to be total starting her work over, which I would like to save her.
Samsung Model ST320LM001
HDD P/N : HN-M320MBB/D1
F/W : 2AR20004
Thanks for your speedy and good info, guys. Very much appreciate any angles. I am redneck enough to attack a problem from any angle I am able (ala Duck tape and WD 40). Everthing mentioned so far is solid food for fodder.
Admin, the drive spins, so Sammy HD can avoid a deep freeze.
1492, I am liking and maybe getting warm on cloud auto backup of some things, and the vol group Women’s Council of BR needs to look at this for sure. A local wireless network is another thing, however – I am stretching my abilities at tech already!
The fellow that looked at our Samsung 320 Gn HD has been doing this stuff a long time. He said the Seagate device he used saw the data and it looked good. He reported that Seagate or one of his other apps (he named DOS as one) cleaned bad sectors. He mentioned boot and file firmware might be bad.
TheBearAK, last nite I found this about a Samsung
Among other things, I might see wher I can get a close vintage Samsung and swap firmware.
We bought a Dell Inspiron 3520 & Win 8 about 15 months ago at BB. 320Gb hard disk (Samsung SATA) failed. Never had this happen before, so never made the W8 backup disks to get reinstall OS on a new HD. Worse, Martha did not backup 2 months of work on a large spreadsheet of member data for a volunteer org (she normally does use an external USB HD and backs up files regularly).
Called Dell and requested the recovery/install OS disks and will likely put a BB $60 500 Gb new HD in. BB had no SSDs to show. I hope it is Win 8.1, but may have MS updates all day when we get the stuff.
A friend ran Seagate kit for HD repair and several other apps to analysis that claimed to clean sectors, but not enough help as none of his computers or our Dell sees the failed drive. Computer can boot a Linux Distro.
I would love to get that big Excel spreadsheet back for her.
Is there still a DIY program and USB-HD harness that I could use myself (I heard of Ccleaner’s Recuva as an option)?
Also, a BB Geek said something like they could recover some data maybe for $45 with their powerful “mule” recovery setup. Anyone know?
Thanks for any ideas.
Would like to hear more comparisons of usability issues yo've noticed moving from a TL 213. A permanent big bed seems to be a biggie for a lot of folk (I think Martha and I are neutral on this issue).
On toadlessness...I see you have not stayed overnight in Iowa's Amana Colonies, located a few hundred miles from you. You need to traverse a 7 mile loop to see all its great/interesting attractions (there is an old-time hardware store IIRC). To take in things like a homestyle farm all-you-can-eat breakfast (A MUST) requires you drive a couple miles from the RV sites (several hundred water/elec hookups.
This would be a great place to do a personal-preference study of how necessary a toad really is for you. Might even try it once w/ and once w/o a toad, but try w/o 1st
Well, if anyone else has some images, I would like to see them. I was going to review them with my wife. We have decided we are going to keep this rig awhile and making this change makes a lot of sense.
Those were where Cheeze put in two twin beds using pillows to make them day sofas. No more dinette, and Cheeze also removed the six inch wide storage space between the sofa and the RV wall.
Snowman9000 did just the sofa removal for a twin bed and pillow backs.
I think we would miss the more contoured for sitting feel of the jack knife sofa during day use.
A camp site too far.......
set out last week to camp in Central Oregon.....
managed to get not quite to the top of the Santiam Pass....when the motor first weakens considerably (limp mode?) then dies, restarts, moves along then dies twice more.....all in a non-shouldered 2 lane section. Very dangerous.
Heavy traffic, managed to fire it up one more time & move to safe off-road area.
Flat bed tow bill to nearest repair shop was just under $400....which the tow operated said (not related) but it turned out that he was over his weight limit 400#.
The 6L 213 goes in to the shop tomorrow. When the Reader of the Chicken Bones comes up with a diagnosis I'll post more woes.
Sure hope it is something just needs resetting. I am not familiar, but recall that a few others have had the 'slow down'
I've yet to hear someone that has actually driven a Trend/Viva criticize how it drives, handles or it has to little power.
Maybe 2/3 way into the video I linked above has the sales lady saying lots of the workers had very + driving comments. They drive a lot of diff rigs at that dealership
Checked the specs on our camper...it's actually almost 25'...it does look puny compared to some of the lovely palaces, but it's big enough for us:) Yes, I am very happy with ours!
Keep in mind the bigger you go, the more work: washing and waxing the exterior (you do want it to look wonderful as long as possible, right???), cleaning the interior. And remember, that big rig needs a lot of room to just sit there, either in a WalMart parking lot (picking up a few items) or in a cg, with all your outside paraphernalia...not all of those folks with the huge, luxury class As sit inside all day...some are outdoors all day, and if gone, at the pool, fishing pier, etc...if they're full-timers, they really need all the size and perks...they LIVE ALL the time in that thing!!
I forgot full-timers.
The following is from another discussion forum, and I was thinking of this when mentioning big 24' sprinter Class B vans in my post above.
"I don't think you have to go too many decades back to a time when there were motorhomes (slang, 'Winnebago'), mini-motorhomes (chassis cabs with coach built on back), and camper vans. I'd bet few rigs in each MH category strayed far from group average lengths of 24', 20', and 16', respectively."
The OP wrote "Found out, while camping is fun, it's really about the road trip for us. And I think a small class C does that better than just about any other kind of rig."
It kinda' looks like the 24' is a good number to have in mind. In a thread once, it was the answer I gave when asked what length should be the cutoff if small Cs were to be discussed w/ Bs. (I think toadless needs to be in that mix also.)
24'is too small for a vast number RVers, but this has never been an issue of competition - there is no contest. People state strong preferences and generally mean no slight to others' values, even if some derogatory and hyperbolic bias is shown. We all do it.
The point of 24 is that it works well for touring couples and/or singles, and not very much for families, base camp toad trippers, or posh luxury RVing.
Don't recall if it's been said, but the new boxy Euro vans, esp. the biggest Sprinter van w/ even taller roof and rear duallys offer all the space of small B+s, so now even stock vans build much bigger space than a decade ago. It's as if the class Bs are self-evolving to being B+s.
OP asks "Why not get rid of the B and C classifications and just go to Large, Mid-size, and Small/compact Motorhome designation as the car industry uses? Or are the B and C designators just a marketing tactic?"
Not positive, but I don't think you have to go too many decades back to a time when there were motorhomes (slang, 'Winnebago'), mini-motorhomes (chassis cabs with coach built on back), and camper vans. I'd bet few rigs in each MH category strayed far from group average lengths of 24', 20', and 16' respectfully.
Not flaming or trolling, just an observation...
It seems to me that rv.net members who champion the Bs want to have a cake and eat it too. Hardcore rv.net B lovers show great pleasure in RVing entirely within the small space afforded by a van, yet insist that a B is anything that came out the auto factory as a van no matter how big it becomes after the RV manufacturer makes body modifications.
I recall a sales guy talking about some fancy electronic control settings to get the suspension of the Coach House to ride as you like it.
Not too familiar, but this sample pic sorta looks bottom heavy with somewhat low profile body and curved sides.
Offhand, does anyone know of any others that have a low center of gravity and front wheel drive?
You can look at all the vintage GMC front drive MHs from the '70s based on the Oldsmobile Toronado front end. No modern FWD RVs to my recall.
As some are noting, If you pay over 6 figures for a well built B+ or B from LTV, Pleasureway, CoachHouse, etc., they likely tweak the suspension to give it a smooth good handling ride like a passenger transit mini shuttle bus.
The more basic entry grades like mine - not the slickest ride (not terrible, either, but