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Problem: I got an old OCZ Vertex LE that is dying. At random it will power off, or lock up. Unplugging the power cable and plugging it back in makes ...
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- 01-18-2014 #1
- Join Date
- Jan 2014
How to clone an SSD drive that keeps shutting off at random times?
I need to clone the drive. What is the easiest way to accomplish this?
I can't figure out if dd has a "infinite retries option", but I cant see it.
Looks like ddrescue is the defacto failing drive recovery program, but I don't want it going into "split and crawl" for the rest of the drive cause the program assumed that the rest of my drive is a gigantic failed cluster region when the drive powers off. Is there some way to tell ddrescue to stay in part 1 of the algorithm and just do inifinite retries (giving me time to unplug and replug the drive)?
Is there some other option that would work?
- 01-20-2014 #2
- Join Date
- Apr 2009
- I can be found either 40 miles west of Chicago, in Chicago, or in a galaxy far, far away.
What does the s.m.a.r.t. controller show? I have cloned non-ssd drives with similar problems by using dd to copy the data to a file. Then, when it shuts down, I let it rest, restart it, and use dd to copy from the last position to a new file, etc. until all the data is copied. Then I concatenate it all into a new image which I can copy to a new device. A PITA for sure, but if done carefully it can preserve your data.Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!