Disaster recovery ?

Charles Swiger cswiger at mac.com
Tue Aug 30 15:17:27 GMT 2005

On Aug 30, 2005, at 11:08 AM, Madhusudan Singh wrote:
> I had a working FreeBSd 5.3 RELEASE server running postfix and zope  
> until
> last night. When I checked it in the morning, it had a bunch of  
> "ad4 ...
> UNRECOVERABLE ERROR" messages on it. Upon a reboot, it complains it  
> cannot
> find /boot/loader (error 16). Last week, it had shut down without any
> apparent reason but came up upon reboot. Sounds like the hard disk is
> fried. Its a new server (just 5 months old or so).
> How do I recover what was on the partitions ?

You can try getting a new disk and using dd with the ignore error  
flag, and see how much data you can get back.  You can also pay  
somewhere between $200 and $2000 for a professional data recovery  
company to try to revive the missing data...


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