dealing with a slightly flaky USB drive; unkillable bash process

Petter Adsen petter at
Tue Sep 22 13:45:37 UTC 2015

On Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:26:09 +0200
Liam Proven <lproven at> wrote:

> On 22 September 2015 at 15:18, Petter Adsen <petter at> wrote:
> > It could be that there is a problem with the controller in the USB
> > enclosure, and the drive itself is fine - that has happened to me.
> >
> > If that is the case, you could remove the drive from the enclosure and
> > plug it into a SATA port in another machine, as long as the drive is
> > indeed SATA and you have access to a machine with a free port.
> >
> > Just a thought.
> This is true.
> Another possibility:
> Image the entire drive, encryption and all, onto another volume with
> the ``gdd_rescue'' command. Then mount the new copy and try to recover
> the data from that.

Yes, if necessary. It might still be easier to actually create that
image if the drive is connected to a SATA port instead of going through
the controller in the enclosure - _if_ that controller or the connector
is the problem. Since the drive sometimes disconnects there might not
be time to do a full image while connected over USB.

Taking the drive out of the enclosure is a good way to narrow down
exactly what the problem is.

It might also be a good idea to try with another USB cable first, in
case the one that is currently being used has become damaged.


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