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Old 05-03-2005, 02:10 PM   #1
roncarney
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Recovering large hard drives with DD


I have a hard drive that is unmountable. I want to DD the whole thing to another drive, but I hit the 4gb limit, and the drive is over 120gb, even though at most 2/3 of that is used. Is there any way to get past the 4gb limit to recover the data on the drive? Is dd even the best way to do this?

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Old 05-03-2005, 02:15 PM   #2
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dd has no 4GB size limit, I regularly use it to clone drives of 70GB or more.

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Old 05-03-2005, 02:18 PM   #3
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Thats encouraging; then what is giving me the error :File Size Limit Exceeded when the dd hits 4gb? Do I need to tweak the kernel for large file support?
 
Old 05-03-2005, 02:24 PM   #4
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Can you give us the command you used to mirror? I tried to mirror a drive to a .iso file on a fat32 drive and forgot about the fat32 limit of 4gb files.

So show us what you are typing to accomplish this, please.
 
Old 05-03-2005, 02:32 PM   #5
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I am trying to recover data from a 120GB hard drive that WIndows can no longer access. Linux can see the drive, but cannot mount it. The drive is NTFS.
I tried the following:
dd if=/dev/hde of=/media/WD_Combo/recovery/img1.iso

where WD_Combe is a fat32 drive - so thats the limit? If I reformat the target drive in ext3 will it be able to copy with no size limit?
Also, if I do copy all the data to the ISO file, how do I get it back to a usable format? I am only used to using ISO's to burn/rip CD's...


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Old 05-03-2005, 02:41 PM   #6
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Yes, the problem is the target iso is being copied to a partition with a 4GB file size limit, using ext3 will solve that problem

To copy the data back to a new drive

dd if=/location/of/img1.iso of=/dev/hde

or you could even mount the iso itself

mount -o loop -t auto img1.iso /mount/point

that last command will require loopback device and NTFS support in your kernel.

Mad.

 
Old 05-03-2005, 03:41 PM   #7
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Why not just recompile your Kernel to support NTFS and mount the drive directly?

If not, dumping ot an ISO is the best route.
 
  


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