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Recover a dead hard drive using dd
Authored by: signal15 on Mar 04, '05 10:55:10AM

I have been using this method for awhile, however, I stopped using the sync option. They sync option made it so I would have files that were totally unusable. Without the sync option, I end up with everything readable. Does dd try to re-read the data until it gets it if you don't use sync? That's what it seems like.

Without the sync option, the dd copy takes WAY longer, so I assume it keeps going over the same spot until it gets your data.

I lost 2 drives on my powerbook in the last 4 months, and dd saved my azz. :)

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