Kae Verens wrote:
> thanks to all that commented.
>> I managed to recover just about everything.
>> here are the steps I took:
>> 1. removed the cover of the external caddy to help keep it cool, and
> moved it away from any other hard-drives or laptops that might heat it
> 2. backed up the drive - "dd -if=/dev/sdb -of=/mnt/tb1/200gb.bak.img"
> (took two days...)
ddrescue would have used better block sizes and have been more robust for that task
> 3. ran testdisk to get some basic data about the drive
> 4. manually ran e2fsck on the drive, using a piece of lego and a pterry
> book to keep the enter key pressed down (/thousands/ of errors the "-p"
> flag was bailing). had to upgrade e2fsck because the version I had
> couldn't handle extents errors
lol. Computers - advanced technology designed to automate things: e2fsck -y
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