Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Best Article I Have Seen on Drive Recovery - Advocates Using Linux Recovery Programs

http://wiki.lunarsoft.net/wiki/Data_Recovery
"The meat of this guide describes using RIPLinux (and Linux in general) to clone a failing drive, but you can use RIPLinux (or most Linux rescue discs) and this guide to perform other data tasks such as securely wiping, data backups, or simply shuffling partitions or drive/partition images around between devices. While I typically focus on hard disks, most tools can work on any block devices supported by Linux, including USB flash drives, CD-ROMs, floppy disks, zip disks, individual disks from a RAID, and so on. Although the procedures in this article can be used to work with any platform's data (including Mac volumes if you stay at a low level) it will primarily focus on rescuing data from PCs running Microsoft Windows that have failing hard drives.
I'm also going to assume that readers of this guide don't have much prior Linux knowledge (although that is extremely helpful) so if you are a power user, try not to be offended by my hand holding."
Mostly for Windows issues. The article expertly advocates against using Spinrite and ChkDsk in favor of Linux tools. 

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