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Re: combining unused space into files

> > IN my last-ditch attempt to recover a long text (actually lyx) file that
> > was deleted, I want to combine all of the unused space on my drive into
> > files.  There's about 80M altogether, and I want to break it into 10M pieces
> > (so I can manipulate them in the 40M partition normally assigned for
> > swap).

> > I want to get a literal straight read of the disk.  Can anyone point
> > out how to do this.

> This is likely to be a lame answer, meaning there's probably a much
> better one somewhere, but had I enough RAM, I'd configure a huge
> RAMdisk, and `dd if=/dev/hd? of=<ramdisk>`, then start searching.
> Alternatives to explore might be a program, pretty low level, to
> read in raw sectors, maybe write it to a file, system("perl -e ...")
> to search, etc, reiteratively.

20 megs of ram :) 

> When's your deadline with this paper, anyway?

bascially, before someone submits something similar to the journals . . 

> > To complicate matters, the machine has no netwerok connectivity;
> > it's a laptop, and the pcmcia hardware seems to have gone south . . .

> Ouch.

Yop.  kind of painful.  I think I'll go to a journalliong file system 
as soon as I can manage . . .


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