Re: Read Apple hard drive -

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Ian Astley wrote:
This augurs well for being able to dump her data files to a temporary
directory on your hard disk. You can then try repairing the disk --
drastic measures might involve erasing the disk by re-formatting it as
ext3 and using
# dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb1

to work the whole disk, then re-partitioning to your taste (needless to say there will not be much left on the disk after this lot, pretty much zero in fact ;-) ). You might also use smartctl at this point. I have done similar things with a disk which was playing up and it has worked fine since.
Best wishes,


No need to format it ext3. If you want to zero out the drive, you can use "dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb" and it will overwrite the partition table, and all data on the drive. (It is not a secure erase.)
I have found that running the tools from the drive manufacturer is
often a better choice, as it can test the drive, and remap bad
sectors, as well as giving you an idea if it is worth trying to use
the drive. If it fails their test, don't bother.

  Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons,
for thou art crunchy and taste good with Ketchup!

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