Copy/Clone/Recover data from drive with errors?

Discussion in 'Dell' started by William P.N. Smith, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. I've got a Dimension 4700c with a Maxtor 6Y080M0 SATA 80G drive that's
    getting BSOD Stop errors on boot, failing the PowerMax diags, and is
    being replaced Monday or Tuesday from Dell.

    I'm currently trying to back up any readable data from the drive, but
    Ghost 8.0, even with "continue on error" is taking forever to even
    look at the drive.

    Are there any other programs that'll do a quick pass at data recovery
    from a failed drive? My client has no interest in the $2500 data
    recovery option, and it looks like we're going to have to do a rebuild
    on it...

    William P.N. Smith, Mar 6, 2006
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  2. William P.N. Smith

    Jay B Guest

    i would mount the drive as a slave in a working system, and then use
    xxcopy to copy the entire hard drive to subfolders on the working drive.
    xxcopy will ignore any data errors amnd just grab what is good.
    it is very fast.
    Jay B, Mar 6, 2006
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  3. If you happen to have a system running Linux (or virtually any modern
    Unix for that matter), there's a program called diskduplicator (dd)
    which will copy literally everything (down to the sector level). dd is
    often the first thing used by forensic investigators to make a copy of
    the drive (rule #1 of forensics is never work on the original drive).
    It's very low level so, for example, data hidden in unformatted drive
    space will still be copied. It's fairly straightforward to use, and any
    knoppix CD ought to contain it.
    Nicholas Andrade, Mar 6, 2006
  4. William P.N. Smith

    Paul Guest

    You could give SpinRite a try --

    I've never had any luck with software solutions, I've only had success with
    the highly paid men in white bunny suits at OnTrack... FWIW, OnTrack has a
    free trial of their recovery software -

    -- Paul
    Paul, Mar 6, 2006
  5. Yeah, I'm running their free trial, and it's got 144 hours (and
    climbing!) left to run. 8*| I think I'm going to have to run dd to
    make a copy and then some flavor of EasyRecovery to see if I can find
    any files in the copy. Their pricing is a bit much, IMHO, but it
    beats their $2500 data recovery pricing...

    Thanks for all the assistance, all!
    William P.N. Smith, Mar 6, 2006
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