[ubuntu-za] jaunty install

Hannes Coetzee scorpking at scorpking.za.org
Thu Apr 30 07:23:16 BST 2009

>> In fact I am in the process of 
>> recovering data from a brand new 500GB second hard-drive that I 
>> formatted NTFS hoping this would be safe, and now turns out there are 
>> bad sectors and I will probably have to return it. 

Use http://www.gnu.org/software/ddrescue/ddrescue.html to recover your 
hard drive. You can use stop and continue the copy process. There is 
also an option to tell it "start to copy at 10GB and copy 50GB 
thereafter". That way you can copy the whole hard drive around the 
problem areas without losing info. Make sure you use a logfile when you 
copy the drive because that will add all the pieces you copy together 
and remember where the bad blocks are. The rest of the options available 
are described in the help files. I recovered 99.99% of my data on the 
last drive thatt did not even mount and dd could not copy. There is also 
testdisk for partition recovery. Hope this helps.

> I wish Ubuntu would default with a /home partition.
> I can dream ;-)

It would save me the trouble of doing it manually every time. Didn't 
someone say it will be implemented in 9.04? Not sure where I've read 
that though.


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