[KyOSS Discuss] Head crash... fatal?

Aaron VerDow aaron at verdow.com
Wed May 1 18:50:06 EDT 2013

To me it seems good that you're getting an ext3 file system error and not
an I/O error so it may just be some simple file system corruption.  I would
still go with ddrescue first.  Duplicate the drive to an .img then make a
copy of the img to try and recover the filesystem on.  That way you only
have to read from the drive once and if you mess up playing with the file
system you can just recopy the .img

On Wed, May 1, 2013 at 6:44 PM, Aaron VerDow <aaron at verdow.com> wrote:

> If it's that important I would scout out some professional services and
> see what it would cost to have a data recovery company look at it.  If you
> decide to try and fix it yourself try ddrescue.  It has saved me a few
> times and will work in cases where part of the medium is damaged but most
> of it is good.
> On Wed, May 1, 2013 at 6:36 PM, Barton Chittenden <bartonski at gmail.com>wrote:
>> I bought a USB->IDE converter, aiming to pull a bunch of photos off an
>> old hard drive.
>> During the data transfer, I bumped the power cord to the hard drive.
>> I got a bunch of 0 byte files after that. I shut everything down, gave it
>> half an hour (I know better than to try trouble-shooting while wanting to
>> throw up... I think that I've lost something on the order of 15K photos :-(.
>> Tried to re-connect drive, got
>> [271560.575888] EXT3-fs (dm-0): error: unable to read superblock
>> so... how fooked am I here?
>> --Barton
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