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10.4: Recover a dead hard drive using GNU ddrescue
Authored by: paulhagstrom on Jul 21, '07 03:17:03PM

Let me just add one thing: The reason I didn't use DW on the floppy directly is because it flipped out in various ways, spontaneously unmounting things causing the Finder to complain about unorthodox device removal. I did try that first. What I like about this recipe is that it gets as much off the disk as the drive is capable of and then I can play around with whatever recovery tools I want on the image.

One thing that I am not confident of is that DW will detect if there was an error in the middle of a file's data, my guess is that it won't. So, it's still probably necessary to treat the recovered files as being only possibly working.

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