Christopher Shanahan on Tue, 1 Jul 2003 00:24:10 -0400

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Re: [PLUG] Reading an 80GB hard disk with Mandrake Linux

I certainly understand George wants to be able to read/view/
manipulate his data from within Linux--I believe he said he
uses Mandrake. The idea of a binary copy of the contents of
his hard drive is to preserve his data so he can fdisk/
format/burn/shoot the 80 GB hard drive that, at this point,
has become useless to him. By data recovery you assumed I
meant that I would give him a binary copy of the contents of
his 80 GB hard drive. That's absurd. I said I would recover
his data for him, I did not say how.

And since you mentioned it, since when does a bit-stream copy
of anything--specifically a device such as a hard drive--have
anything to do with a file system? And what is a non-standard
file system? A dd image of a device is just that, a dd image
of a device. After all, he may have more than one file system
on the device.

Chris Shanahan

On Mon, 2003-06-30 at 21:13, Jeffrey J. Nonken wrote:
> On 30 Jun 2003 20:21:27 -0400, Christopher Shanahan wrote:
> >Data recovery is a process that includes copying the data from every
> >track/sector/cluster/block/etc/etc/etc. Everything. A bit-stream
> >image
> >of the entire drive regardless of what's written to track zero. In
> >most
> >cases this is not too difficult to do. I'm sure everyone in this
> >group
> >could do it given a little time and some reading. What I meant when I
> >offered help was to help you to avoid a lot of time and frustration.
> >The truth is, it doesn't matter what type of file system is on the
> >disk
> >or what type of long as it's not illegal;)
> >
> >Everything can be recovered.
> What he wants is to be able to read the information in Linux. A binary copy of a non-standard file system will regenerate a non-standard file system. Unfortunately, I think the problem is less the inability to read the drive than it is the inability to interpret the file system.
> By "data recovery" I believe George means he is looking for file data, not disk data.
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