Re: OT: dying disk - data recovery recommendations
On Tue, Jan 08, 2008 at 05:19:54PM -0500, KS wrote:
> I have a friend's G4(PPC) which seems to have a dying disk. He had run
> the Apple disk utility and it reported and error with the IDE disk. The
> machine just halts sometimes, with the disk trying to read something and
> the only way to shut down the machine was the power button.
> I tried doing an rsync to a remote directory and it made the hard disk
> busy after sending about 350MB (total home data is around 6GB). I have
> shut down the machine and trying to list various options of salvaging
> the data from the HDD. I was reading up on dd_rescue (had tried it on a
> couple of CDs earlier), foremost, and Sleuthkit. Does anyone have any
> recommendations on how to proceed in this case? Any live CD(PPC) which
> will be more helpful than the systemrescueCD (0.2.0 PPC)?
Find a way to attach that drive to a functional system. One way would
be to use a 2.5" portable USB enclosure. Then see if the functional
system can dd it to an image file. Then you can try fscking and
mounting the image. Copy the image file at each step.