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Old 01-09-2010, 09:37 AM   #1
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80GB tarball corrupt

I have recently upgraded the OS on my Laptop. To do so, I backed up the entire hard drive to a tarball on the network. I used something like this:

tar -cvf /mnt/RemoteSambaShare/hdd.tar.gz -z /mnt/sda1/*
Everything seems to have went well, and it was done the next morning. I tested extracting the archive, but only the first few files. So I proceeded formatting the hdd and installed Windows 7.

When I try to extract this archive, it gets stuck at approximately 12GB. I tried extracting with WinRAR, Universal Extractor, 7z, gzip followed by tar, and tar -z.

Is there something that I am/was doing wrong?
Is there some way to also extract the data AFTER the bad part? (The data before 12GB is unfortunately only the recycle bin and a 9gb iso, which I intended to delete anyway.)

Kind regards
Old 01-09-2010, 04:09 PM   #2
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Is this any help?

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Old 01-10-2010, 07:05 AM   #3
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Is this any help?
Indeed, thank you. It recovered some files, but not unfortunately not much.

I managed to get the most of my files (without directory structure ) back by running "Active File Recovery" on the drive.

PS: For future reference, one needs to use
cpio -idv < archive name
to extract a directory tree.

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