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I have a harddisk with important data and the disk speed is extremely slow with tons of slow/bad sectors which cannot be repaired. Some Linux distributions reach the timeout period ...
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- 06-18-2012 #1
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- Jun 2012
How to save information from bad HDD in linux?
I have a harddisk with important data and the disk speed is extremely slow with tons of slow/bad sectors which cannot be repaired. Some Linux distributions reach the timeout period of detecting HDD/Partition. I managed to get in the partition using Xfe tool (from booting Xiaopan OS) and it can mount the partition and I see the files/folders. It detects the right amount of data not detectable in Windows OS not even the partition size...
BUT this Xfe tool says the file system is read only even when I try chmod 777 on another folder which is on another HDD which doesn't have problems. I tried Linux Mint which cannot even load. It says at loading screen for hours. SuseLive won't mount the partition at all giving error possibly caused by timeout.
I have plenty of time to save the data just cannot find the appropriate method .
Norton Ghost needs like 200 days+ to make a backup image of the partition. The bad disk is with C and D partitions and the second partition is most important.
- 06-18-2012 #2
The harddisc seems physically damaged.
Any operation on it will likely create more errors.
Depending on how important the data is, you might consider a professional data rescue service.
If you decide to continue on your own, then boot this xiaopan again as it seems to be able to mount the partitions.
Also conenct a empty and big enough additional drive.
Format and mount this destination drive.
Then try to copy from the damaged to the destination drive.
P.S.: There is no backup, I assume?You must always face the curtain with a bow.
- 06-18-2012 #3
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- Jun 2012
So XiaopanOs will possibly change the write permission on a newly formated disk? The problem with this xiaopanos is that it is extremelly modified(ripped) and I don't think it has format feature or maybe using terminal/shell.
I am currently trying another Hiren's Boot options like ntfs4dos mounted in volkov commander. It detects the partition and files/folders and I tried xcopy to another folder but it seems it stops on the very first file. I need something with the option to skip bad files like killcopy.