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Thread: [SOLVED] I dd'd My Hard Drive
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- Join Date
- May 2004
- arch linux
- Join Date
- Apr 2009
- I can be found either 40 miles west of Chicago, in Chicago, or in a galaxy far, far away.
I do a fair amount of system recovery for my clients' Windows systems when they get infected by viruses or rootkits that can't be removed by their normal AV software. I remove their drives from their systems, plug them into my Linux system, and backup the entire disc as a bit-image file to another external Linux drive before I start an AV scan on the system. After scanning and logging all system anomalies, I clean off the infected files, clean the registry, stick the drive back into their system and then fire it up. Sometimes I have to use the recovery volume to restore system DLL's. At worst, if everything is fubar, I can restore the entire disc to it's previous still-infected state, or extract their critical data and reinstall the system from scratch.
In any case, a carefully thought out and adhered-to process is the key. I also make a regular bit-image backup of my system disc so if some new software or system update causes problems, I can revert to a known-good-image in a reasonably short period of time (however much time it takes to copy 320-500GB from one sata drive to another).Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!