2 TB external HD does not mount any more. How to save it's data?

Karl Auer kauer at biplane.com.au
Tue Dec 16 16:32:07 UTC 2014

On Tue, 2014-12-16 at 17:08 +0100, Bas G. Roufs wrote:
> > Actually, it needs to be discarded - 
> You mean: I need NOT to use it any more apart from an attempt to recover the data?

Correct. The disk is dying (hopefully not actually dead). You need to
save what you can, then discard the disk.

> up a next question: to what device can I copy an image of a failing external HD of 2 TB? From 
> that device, 50% or 1 GB has been in use. My HD at the laptop is out of the question - that one is 
> 350 GB. So, I will need to buy another external HD to which I can copy the image. How big should 
> that one need to be? 2 TB as well? Or better 3 TB? 

A tool like dd can create an ordinary file; you just need enough disk
space on another disk to store that file. A 3TB disk would be best if
the source is a 2TB disk.

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at biplane.com.au)

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