Recovering data from a broken HDD

Marius Schamschula lists at
Mon Sep 18 11:15:30 UTC 2017


I’ve used ddrescue for this in the past. There is a FreeBSD port available (also available from MacPorts or Homebrew under macOS).

> On Sep 17, 2017, at 5:57 PM, Shamim Shahriar <shamim.shahriar at> wrote:
> On 17/09/2017 23:51, Adam Vande More wrote:
>> On Sun, Sep 17, 2017 at 5:39 PM, Shamim Shahriar <shamim.shahriar at <mailto:shamim.shahriar at>> wrote:
>>    Good evening all, hope everyone is well.
>>    a little background:
>>    I have a couple of portable HDD. One of them was dropped a few
>>    weeks back, and then the computer stopped recognising it and asked
>>    it to be formatted. Once formatted, it appeared to start working
>>    again -- even though all previous data had been lost, and no, I am
>>    not trusting that device to hold any important data.
>>    Last week, another HDD slipped through the hands (literally). This
>>    one too is showing the same/similar symptoms as the previous one.
>>    I believe that the data is still there, but somehow the alignment
>>    has shifted and hence the HDD controller is unable to provide the
>>    data. I am wondering, can anyone please suggest a data recovery
>>    programme that I can try on the drive? The HDD being not in the
>>    western/relatively-more-techy region cannot be sent to a data
>>    recovery company (and I have been told they cost you a fortune),
>>    but have access to m$ or Mac or Linux or BSD systems. So if anyone
>>    could please suggest something to try on (Yes, I had been on
>>    google, and found a huge amount of tools -- but I would much
>>    rather try out something that someone has already tried and can
>>    give some insight on).
>> recoverdisk(1)
>> -- 
>> Adam
> thanks Adam, that looks really interesting. I will try that as soon as I get a large enough drive to put the data on (once the shops open).
> In the meanwhile, if anyone has any other suggestion, please do feel free to chime in.
> Best regards
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Marius Schamschula

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