salvaging hard drive contents

Warren Block wblock at
Thu Oct 8 18:51:12 UTC 2009

On Thu, 8 Oct 2009, jeffry killen wrote:

> Now I have the hard disk I want to recover mounted but please for give me
> for being in the learning phase, but how to I cd on to this drive?
> I mounted it using the suggested 'mount -r (in this case ad12s1d) /var'
> now how do I actually read it?

What you've done there is mount your salvage drive over your running 
system's /var.  That's probably going to give you problems, possibly 
very quickly.  Just umounting the incorrect /var is probably not going 
to be enough.  You might have to reboot.

Once that's cleared up, use a mountpoint that's not doing anything. 
/mnt is commonly used for that.

mount -r /dev/ad12s1d /mnt

Then /mnt contains the salvage drive's var filesystem:

cd /mnt

-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA

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