Had a crap crap crap day today.
A simple oversight (basically from me not RTFM) caused hours of stress while I tried to figure out why something wasn't working :( Complete waste of time, and it was all my fault :(
The computer shop didn't have a screwdriver capable of opening the faulty Seagate disk (enclosure). This is a disk that was dying with bad sectors so we took it back to Officeworks where we bought it, but they said it was fine and gave it back to us. It was *not* fine, and subsequent attempts to format it resulted in all sorts of horrible noises coming out of it. But because Officeworks is a pain in the rear end to get to, and we'd left it so long, and we hate that sort of thing, we never ended up getting it replaced. So just want to rip the thing out of its enclosure and replace it with something else. If we can get the screws out. Have left it with them, they are going to see what they can do.
Spent the evening fighting with hard drives and computers. Discovered I could have actually mounted the external hard drive with a writable ntfs mount. If I'd done that it would have been much easier to get the files off it now.
Basically a grumpy crappy day :(