Originally Posted by Undermind
hello fellow linux'ers!
I'm in quite a pickle, since i'm suspecting my hard disk is dying. What is the most effective way to save as much data as possible? It's the disk where all my stuff is, so i'll have to copy about 140 Gigabyte of data as gently as possible onto another hardrive of similar size
If your system is up now, do NOT turn it off, if you suspect the drive is dying.
As far as being gentle goes...not sure that's an issue. Any access of the drive will be just as harsh as any other, but I will suggest that you keep it single-threaded. That is, run ONE copy job, and let it chug along till it's done. Don't fire up three in the background...let the drive process one file at a time.
Method? Depends...if you've got another drive in a USB enclosure, mount it up, and just CP the files/directories over. Maybe burn to CD/DVD? Or if you can access another share over the network, use SCP to copy the data.