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Re: dd_help missing from stretch repos

Stefan Monnier composed on 2018-03-16 08:38 (UTC-0400):

>> My new 2TB HD just arrived. Old 1.5TB to be rescued, made in 2010, has
>> 8 pending sectors reported by smartctl.

> FWIW, there's a good chance that your old drive is still perfectly
> usable: after backing up your data, a pass of overwriting the whole disk
> (e.g. dd </dev/zero >/dev/sdXX) will probably bring the number of
> "pending sectors" back to zero (if overwriting doesn't bring it down to
> 0, and/or overwriting itself fails with write errors that would indicate
> that the disk is indeed in poor shape).

The disk probably isn't worth the risk.
https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-reliability-q3-2015/ reported a 23.87%
failure rate for the 2013-2015 period at an average age of 67.9 months for the

>> I see gddrescue in the repos, but my experience with dd_rehelp is only
>> favorable. Can someone tell me how they compare, or even if they are comparable?

> dd_rhelp is an old shell script around the old dd_rescue program.

> GNU ddrescue is a newer tool doing the same thing as dd_rhelp without
> needing dd_rescue.

I wound up using gddrescue on Stretch, and everything not lost wound up in

>> Do Debian users simply extract the script from the lastest archive version on
>> www.kalysto.org and run it?

> No, I think they use GNU ddrescue instead.

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