help with the recovery of a head crash with a MS ntfs file system.

Johnneylee Rollins johnneylee.rollins at
Thu Feb 11 22:29:59 UTC 2010

On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 2:26 PM, Knapp <magick.crow at> wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 11:16 PM, J <dreadpiratejeff at> wrote:
>> On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 16:38, Knapp <magick.crow at> wrote:
>>>> Honestly,  In cases like this, your absolute, best option (or more
>>>> importantly, your relatives' best option) is to suck it up and find a
>>>> good data recovery service and pay a professional to recover the
>>>> pictures.
>>> That is what I said but they have already gone that route and decided
>>> it was to expensive. So it is me or nothing. I was guessing a head
>>> crash also. This means if there are no chunks in the drive then making
>>> a copy and transmitting it to my other computer is the best way. But
>>> what is the best way to do that? Anyway thank!
>> In that case, you could start by looking around for data recovery
>> software... there are many programs out there...
>> Also, you'll need something to plug that drive into a working system.
>> See if you can find a HDD - USB adapter.  I have one that works for
>> laptop and full sized SATA drives and it works great.
>> If you're not familiar with terminals, shells and shell commands,
>> now's the time to get learnin'.
>> A good place to start, as Johnneylee and I both said, is dd. dd is a
>> shell tool that will make a copy, bit by bit of a file or filesystem
>> and dump somewhere.
>> Here's a quick HowTo:
>> good luck!
>> Jeff
> I have done the research. I am still a newbi at this stuff so I am
> asking first. why dd and not ddrecover?
The reason is dd makes a bit for bit copy of one thing to another. I'd
image the drive, to your machine so you can use the image instead of
the drive. It's safer and could possibly keep you from losing the
broken files on the hard drive.

plug in the drive and boot into your ubuntu, then find the device
/dev/sdb1 or whatever and then post it here. Unless you can handle the

In short, it's safer.


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