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SubjectRe: fs corruption recovery?
Andreas Dilger writes:
> On Jan 08, 2002 21:52 -0500, Kervin Pierre wrote:
> > I install and used 2.4.17 for about a week before my filesystem
> > corrupted. I've tried 'fsck -a' but it complains that there was no
> > valid superblock found.
>
> Try "e2fsck -B 4096 -b 32768 <device>" instead.
>
> > Are there any tools or techniques that will recover data from the
> > corrupted filesystem even if there isn't a valid superblock? Or is
> > there a way to write a temporary superblock so I can access the
> > information on the disk?
>
> The ext2 format (includes ext3) has backup superblocks for just this reason.
>
> > Lastly, if all else fails I'm going to try sending the drive one of
> > those 'file recovery companies'. Does anyone have a recommendation for
> > a particular company? I'm guessing that there'll be a few that wouldn't
> > know what to do with a ext3 partition.
>
> Is the data really that valuable, and you don't have a backup? It may
> cost you several thousand dollars to do a recovery from such a company.
> Yet, it isn't worth doing backups, it appears.

And these companies don't really do much that you can't do yourself. I
had a failing drive some years ago, where some sectors couldn't be
read. So I tried to dd the raw device to a file elsewhere. Of course,
dd will quit when it has an I/O error. So I wrote a recovery utility
that writes a zero sector if reading the input sector gives an I/O
error. Unfortunately, I couldn't mount the file (too much corruption),
but I was able to use debugfs on it. I got the most important data
back.

While I was waiting for 48 hours for the data to be pulled off (each
time a bad sector was encountered, the drive would retry several
times, with lots of clicking and rattling), I contacted one of these
recovery companies. I wanted to know if they could recover the bad
sectors. I was told no. After some probing, it turns out that all they
do is basically what I was doing. They just charge $2000 for it.

No doubt if you took your drive to your local CIA/KGB/MI6 offices,
they could recover some of those bad sectors. But I hear they charge
their customers quite a lot...

Regards,

Richard....
Permanent: rgooch@atnf.csiro.au
Current: rgooch@ras.ucalgary.ca
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