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

Knapp magick.crow at
Sat Feb 13 20:26:47 UTC 2010

On Sat, Feb 13, 2010 at 4:41 PM, J <dreadpiratejeff at> wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 13, 2010 at 07:34, Knapp <magick.crow at> wrote:
>> And now it is happily working away. I wonder how long this 40gb drive will take?
>> After that I will make a duplicate backup on the remote computer and
>> work on the backup to see what I can extract, likely with that
>> photoextract program. ?
>> Thanks all and hope this little log helps someone. Finding all the
>> answers in one place was not possible. Will post more as it goes. Hope
>> to hear from anyone with more ideas or help!
> 40GB will take a while :-)

Started at about 1pm and it is now 9pm, am at 15GB so I think by the
time I wake up, it will have gone over everything at least one time
and be well on its way to triple checking errors by the time I get
home from work in the morning.

> Also, assuming that the new ddrescue, an improvement of the old
> dd_rescue, an extension of dd ;-) works like dd, then you should also
> simply be able to mount the image file and traverse it just like any
> other mounted filesystems.

Based on what I have read it is not an improvement (as in with the
same code) but a whole new program that just happens to have almost
the same name but many new features so that it is in effect the old
program plus rhelp together but all in C.

> mount /path/to/HDfile /path/to/mountpoint -o loop
> That should work and should let you look inside the backup copy and
> pull out files and directories...
> Again, YMMV, but it may save you a bit of trouble if you can just step
> into the image and locate the files you want and just copy them out
> that way :-)

My plan is to mount it and run some other cool software that is listed here:

> Cheers,
> Jeff
> PS: mounting image files like that also works great for ISO images and
> Floppy images.
> --
> Mike Ditka  - "If God had wanted man to play soccer, he wouldn't have

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