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  1. #1

    Help with GDDRESCUE


    Recently one of my external hdds failed.
    So I'm attempting to use ddrescue to image the failing drive.

    I'm a total newb with linux.. but following a guide I booted it and ran gddrescue. I did a test first, just to get my feet wet. I successfully imaged a 4gb usb stick. Then it was time for the real deal: the failed drive.

    I connected both the failed drive and an empty one. Inputted the same command as before, but this time nothing seems to be happening. All the variables like time, amount of data copied etc, remain at 0.

    I guess the drive is just unreadable?

    The drive's name and size etc do show up. But seemingly no data can be accessed...

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    Linux Guru Rubberman's Avatar
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    I can be found either 40 miles west of Chicago, in Chicago, or in a galaxy far, far away.
    Sounds like the drive is FUBAR. Modern drives have spare disc sectors to replace failing ones, but after some number, the drive will start to fail, quickly. There is a drive tool called SMART integrated into the on-disc controller that your system disc utility can access and read. It will tell you just how bad the drive is failing.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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