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Re: Trying to rescue a hard disk -- weired feedback??



On Sat, 2008-01-19 at 14:02 -0600, Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:
> max bianco wrote:
> > 
> > 
> > On Jan 18, 2008 12:12 PM, max bianco <maximilianbianco gmail com 
> > <mailto:maximilianbianco gmail com>> wrote:
> > 
> > 
> > 
> >     On Jan 18, 2008 11:59 AM, William Case <billlinux rogers com
> >     <mailto:billlinux rogers com>> wrote:
> > 
> >         Hi;
> > 
> >         I have never been a tech support person.  But I can see why some
> >         of them
> >         go crazy.
> > 
> > 
> >         My friend just told me that his drive 'broke' while he was trying to
> >         increase the size of his WindowXP partition while in Fedora using
> >         'parted'.  His description "Everything was working fine then
> >         'parted'
> >         burped and didn't finish moving files and the disk hasn't worked
> >         since".
> > 
> >         It sounds like he has lost all his partitions.  He can't
> >         re-install the
> >         Windows part.  He bought his re-furbished computer that included
> >         WindowsXP Pro from a reputable dealer.  He failed to get an
> >         installation
> >         disk.  I assume the .cab files have been stored in the Windows
> >         partition.
> > 
> >         As unlikely as it seems, can anyone suggest a way to find a
> >         bootable
> >         partition, Fedora or Windows.  If I can get to Fedora, there is
> >         a chance
> >         I can rescue his Fedora files, and perhaps mount the Windows
> >         partition
> >         to save some of his Windows files.  If not, I will tell him to
> >         phone the
> >         dealer and see if they can help.
> > 
> >         Although the situation is not desperate, desperate (i.e. only
> >         personal
> >         and household data are on his files) I am regarding this as a
> >         learning
> >         challenge that contains some bragging rights.  Any suggestions
> >         gratefully received.
> > 
> >         --
> > 
> > 
> >     Assuming you can mount the drive . Try some of the data recovery
> >     tools in the repos
> >     testdisk has worked for me in the past, dd_rescue is another and 
> >     there are more but my experience with data recovery is limited.
> >     Always read the man pages before you use the tools.
> > 
> >     -Max
> > 
> > I wasn't very clear. Hook the drive up to a working  Linux box. Most of 
> > the data recovery tools are there for most of the distributions. There 
> > are some live cd's that contain such tools but i can't for the life of 
> > me think of one right now.
> > 
> > -Max
> > 
> If you don't want to remove the drive, you can try and recover the 
> partition table using a bootable CD. I keep a copy of the System 
> Rescue CD for tasks like this.

Huh, mine knocks like a 52 Ford that tossed a rod, and I can't get the
system to get past the kernel load during boot, if I attach that drive. 
I'll try the rescue CD, but I doubt it'll get any further. Ric

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