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Re: Hard Drive Going - Need a good backup utility

On Sun, Aug 10, 2003 at 09:47:32PM -0700, Alvin Oga wrote:

> if the disk is dying ... doing a full disk backup will probably
> kill it completely just as easily as it could keep going a few more
> reads/write 

> mount /dev/hdc1 /mnt/hdc1
> tar cvf - /dev/hda1 | ( cd /mnt/hdc1 ; tar xvfp - )
> sync ; umount /mnt/hdc1

If stressing the disk during the backup is a concern it would be
better to: umount the drives partitions, swapoff any swap space on
the disk, dd the disk (or its partitions one by one) onto other media. 
By ignoring the filesystems on the failing drive you excerise the drive

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