[Herts] Recovering a faulty drive

Malcolm Smith lists at thesmith.org.uk
Sat Jul 3 21:53:29 UTC 2010

On Sat, Jul 03, 2010 at 09:21:34PM +0100, Steve Clark wrote:
> It looks like my old harddrive may finally have died. The PC wouldn't boot
> and the drive is making some strange noises.


> Luckily I do have a backup from a couple of months ago and there's not
> much  in the way of essential data on it, but I'd like to recover some
> files if I can.

Well hopefully it's the boot partition or OS, and your data might be
still there.

> I've booted up the PC with an Ubuntu CD, but I'm not sure on the best way
> to proceed from there. I know Malc had something similar a while back. Any
> tips?

Obviously install another hard drive (power off the machine first! ;)
or plug in an external USB drive/stick to copy the data across to.


Use ddrescue, which is an awesome command like dd but for rescuing
data from a drive as it is in the process of dying. There are of
course many specialised Rescue disk LiveCDs.

Here's my saga:

And another back in 2004:

Good luck
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