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Recover a dead hard drive using dd
Authored by: RobK on May 28, '08 08:14:53AM
Don't use dd. Use the GNU ddrescue program which is designed to recover data from a faulty drive to a backup drive. dd is very primitive compared to ddrescue.

I realize that ddrescue was not around when this hint was submitted. But the GNU ddrescue program is the way to go.

In some of the previous posts, you will see a reference to dd_rescue. dd_rescue is a different program than GNU ddrescue. dd_rescue is older and absolete. GNU ddrescue has effectively replaced it and is much FASTER. Even the authors of dd_rescue recommend that you now use GNU ddrescue.

GNU ddrescue -- http://www.gnu.org/software/ddrescue/ddrescue.html



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