Bill Hance on 30 Apr 2008 05:45:30 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Saving data from a precarious drive

I would only worry about working it to death if it was getting read or
write errors. It's spinning at 7-10k rpm all the time anyway. I would copy
everything to another server ASAP.

If something is irreplaceable, I would copy that off first, then some sort
of rsync or copy *.* to get it all.

> I have a 200 GB IDE drive that recently stopped being detected by the BIOS.
> After I did a dist-upgrade and was forced to reboot, the drive
reappeared. The drive had not given me problems prior to disappearing. 
I still don't trust it and am ordering a replacement.
> Once the replacement arrives I want to copy the contents, mostly audio
> to the new drive, but don't want to do it in a way that will tax the
drive and make it fail during the copy.
> My first thought was rsync, but I am concerned about the effect this
(transferring ~180 GB at once) may have on the precarious drive.
> Another thought was to just copy a little at a time, giving it a chance
to rest in between, but am reminded that sometimes turning things on and
off causes more wear than being left on.
> What are the best practices in this situation?
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