HELP!!! System messed up!

suvayu ali fatkasuvayu+linux at
Mon Oct 17 21:33:21 UTC 2011

Hi John,

On Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 9:58 PM, John Aldrich <jmaldrich at> wrote:
> On Mon October 17 2011, suvayu ali wrote:
>> If you want to salvage your data, I would recommend ddrescue. It
>> worked wonderfully for me.
> Thanks. It's not that bad. Yet. I just know that SMARTD is apparently
> telling me that the drive is failing. I don't have a replacement yet, but
> hopefully I'll have one in the next day or so. Then I have to figure out how
> to get the data to the new drive and make it the boot drive (my boot drive
> is a small PATA drive and it's the one that is failing!)

I don't mean to insist, but I had a similar problem and I was able to
replicate the old drive along with the partition table and LVM onto
the replacement drive using ddrescue. The procedure is documented in
this post.


Just thought this might be an appropriate (and simple) way to tackle
your situation.



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