hard disk failure

Charles Curley charlescurley at charlescurley.com
Tue Feb 1 12:05:38 MST 2011


On Tue, 1 Feb 2011 11:56:21 -0700
Brad Midgley <bmidgley at gmail.com> wrote:

> Along these lines, is there anything special you would recommend for a
> bad sdcard? this card immediately fails to read the partition table
> when it's attached through a usb reader. I tried another reader with
> the same result.

Does it have a partition table? It is possible there is none, and the
file system is raw. That is how Mess-DOS floppies work.

Try "fdisk -l". If it returns garbage, try mounting the drive device.

> 
> On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM, Charles Curley
> <charlescurley at charlescurley.com> wrote:
> > On Tue, 1 Feb 2011 11:11:48 -0700
> > Jonathan Duncan <jonathan at bluesunhosting.com> wrote:
> >
> >> Take it to your computer and run TestDisk on it.  Awesome sweet
> >> tool.
> >>
> >> http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
> >
> > Nice. It appears to be available from the Ubuntu repos.
> >
> > At a lower level, also available from Ubuntu repos, is smartctl. It
> > is for querying and manipulating the drive's onboard test software.
> > It has a GUI, gsmartcontrol.
> >
> > How badly damaged is the drive? Can you even see it with "fdisk -l"?
> >
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