Re: [Nolug] Crashed laptop hard drive: Data recovery options?

From: Chris Jones <>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:29:46 -0500
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Ontrack is the best. But not cheap. Honestly none of those types of
services are cheap.
On Aug 12, 2014 5:28 PM, "Philip Amadeo Saeli" <> wrote:

> I've had the unfortunate experience of having a laptop hard drive (100
> GB PATA Seagate) [apparently] crash during a brief power outage (no UPS,
> no battery). After power was restored, the drive would not spin up at
> all. I tried a few simple tricks to get it to spin up without success
> (do not want to further damage the drive!). Though the most important
> data was on backups, there is quite a bit of data that was to be copied
> to a new system later that day (!), and so now needs to be recovered.
> What I'd like is essentially a bit-copy of the entire good portion of
> the drive, if possible (such as I have done on drives with bad sectors
> using ddrescue). Since the system was running Linux and was essentially
> idle during the power outage, I'm hoping that any media damage is either
> in the Linux /var or swap partitions, and that the other partitions are
> still good.
> The drive has 10 partitions, including ext[23], Linux swap, VFAT, and
> NTFS. There is one Linux installation and 2 Windows installations on
> the drive in a multiboot setup.
> I am not interested in file recovery, esp since there are quite a
> variety of different types of files and filesystems on the drive. I'd
> most like a bit-copy of the drive as much as is possible.
> Anyone have any ideas where I can get such service from a trusted (and
> not excessively expensive) provider?
> BTW, I'm in the NOLA Northshore area.
> Any ideas would be appreciated.
> Thanks!
> --Phil
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> Philip Amadeo Saeli
> openSUSE, CentOS, RHEL
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