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From: Thomas Lingefelt <tomtechguy@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] Hard Drive Crash - Please Help
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 17:29:54
In Reply to: [gentoo-user] Hard Drive Crash - Please Help by Grant
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4 Grant wrote:
5 > Hello, I woke up this morning and turned on my laptop to find that it
6 > no longer boots. It initially hung on starting hald, and once I
7 > prevented hald from starting it hung on gdm, and once I prevented gdm
8 > from starting I could log in as root but vi failed with a "Bus error".
9 > I booted a LiveCD, mounted /dev/hda3, and chrooted, but running
10 > env-update then caused all kinds of drive errors.
11 >
12 > I'd like to save the hard drive so I don't have to buy a new one and
13 > build a new system on it, but if that's not possible I'd definitely
14 > like to save my personal data from the drive. I'm busy/stupid enough
15 > to have made no backups and all of my photos etc. are on the drive.
16 >
17 > I successfully wrote an iso of some important files after booting up
18 > normally (minus hald, X, and vi) so that's good. Is there a utility I
19 > can run on the disk to see if there is permanent damage? Should I try
20 > re-emerging packages that are having trouble or should I try to emerge
21 > -e world?
22 >
23 > I suppose I should see if I can write and burn iso's of everything in
24 > /home/grant/ right away. Is there a good way to get a bunch of data
25 > into multiple iso's that are each no larger than 650MB? Also, I've
26 > read man mkisofs and experimented before with trying to preserve
27 > filenames perfectly but it never comes out quite right. Can anyone
28 > recommend mkisofs options for preserving filenames perfectly?
29 >
30 > Thanks for your time.
31 >
32 > - Grant
34 This _may_ help... but I've never
35 used it in this case.
37 I would defiantly try to put the HDD in another computer and make an
38 image of it with ddrescue.
40 Other than that I would say to make a tarball of your home dir and use
41 split to break it down into CD size pieces if you can. That would take
42 care of the file name preservation. Plus you could use gzip to
43 compress. This is of course if you have room to work with the files.
44 If you could hook a removable HDD to the laptop that would be spiffy.
46 Checking the disk for problems? I would use the manufactures
47 proprietary utilities for that. Something you can put on a bootable CD
48 or floppy.
50 Thomas
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Re: [gentoo-user] Hard Drive Crash - Please Help Grant <emailgrant@×××××.com>