looking for linux experts, part 2

Tim Writer tim-s/rLXaiAEBtBDgjK7y7TUQ at public.gmane.org
Tue Nov 29 15:39:26 UTC 2005

lsorense-1wCw9BSqJbv44Nm34jS7GywD8/FfD2ys at public.gmane.org (Lennart Sorensen) writes:

> On Mon, Nov 28, 2005 at 09:02:32PM -0500, Tim Writer wrote:
> > I'm inclined to agree with Lennart, the sooner he can get his data (whether
> > fully intact or not) off the failing disk, the better. dd is a good way to do
> > it. With dd, he can make a single pass, minimizing disk access. If dd gets
> > hung up part way through, due to the bad blocks, he can use dd's skip option
> > to (attempt to) skip past the problem area. By using the seek option together
> > with skip, he can build a complete image of the failing disk with holes
> > around the problem area. With a little luck, he'll be able to repair his file
> > system(s) using the image. In short, the less disk activity, the more likely
> > he'll be able to recover his data before the disk fails altogether.
> conv=noerror tells dd to just keep going on errors.  It simply does skip
> the bad parts writing zeros to the target for those.

Thanks, that's handy. Hopefully I'll never need it.

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