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How bad does it get when you're trying to recover 700GB? currently scanning the drive and don't know if the slow process is actually being affected by the damage of the drive..

Although, 1 partition happened to survive, just that the operating boot partition didn't.


"Remaining Time: 1033:59:4"
hours:minutes:seconds

1033 hr divided by 24 hr = 43 days
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If you have a terabyte drive that's not being used (or has freespace equal to or exceeding the total capacity of the dying drive) you can boot to Linux using a Live CD and use the dd command to make a "low level" copy of the dying drive. You should then be able to run your tools on that and get it done much quicker.... I think.

Any Linux experts wanna correct me if I'm wrong?

Other than that, waiting for it to finish is just about all you can do. I doubt it will take 43 days however. That equals roughly 29MB an hour. Yikes!
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ddrescue might be better suited to the task. But both of these are cmdline tools that require a second drive to clone onto.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Da...m%20or%20drive
http://www.forensicswiki.org/wiki/Ddrescue

I believe ddrescue is part of SystemRescueCD.


SpammisT: What tool are you scanning it with?
     
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I'm using EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard. Friend told me to toss the drive in the freezer but got a little impatient and took it out 4 hours later.

The read/write speed has drastically dropped for some reason, and I think that's linked to the reason why the program came up with the "remaining time" calculation.. I had to cancel the scan after 13 grueling hours and it showed mainly almost all of the folders, but when I explored them, not everything was there, still lots of data I knew was there, wasn't.
140 GB out of 770 GB, 13 hours spent on this single scan..

Also, yes I do have another drive to clone everything there should be, but if I require to boot into Linux, how would I do this? VMWare? I wonder if Sandboxie would work?
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If you need to do anything Linux-y for recovery, SystemRescueCD is the way to go.

http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page

Just go with the default boot options, and eventually it'll prompt you to type "wizard" - then you should arrive at a desktop.

From there, you can open command prompts for cmdline stuff, fire up a web browser to consult threads or wikis, and use tools like Gparted to get at info like a drive's /dev/sd* name (used for many cmdline commands)

If the sd* name has a number on the end, it's a partition rather than a drive.


ddrescue's syntax might resemble this:

Code:
ddrescue -r3 /dev/source_drive /dev/target_drive logfile

So... (verify sd* names with Gparted GUI tool)
->

ddrescue -r3 /dev/sdb /dev/sdc /tmp/read_error_log
I believe that's the syntax. It clones the whole drive, retrying anything that has a read error about three times. Another option is to do a quick clone of the non-damaged sectors, then retry the damaged stuff later. ddrescue figures out what to do for you, so long as it has a logfile.

Code:
ddrescue /dev/sdb /dev/sdc /tmp/read_error_log
ddrescue -r2 /dev/sdb /dev/sdc /tmp/read_error_log
^
That's probably the way I'd do it.
     
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