Mounting of Linux volumes

James Clawson jclawsonx at
Thu Dec 1 04:12:36 MST 2005

Greetings to my fellow Linux users,
I need to mount two HDDs for data recovery purposes.  One is a disk  
which contains three valid Linux partitions, and the other was once  
part of a RAID which spanned three disks.

The first HDD is in a computer which will boot, but for which I have  
no username or password lists.  I can mount the partitions on that  
disk while running Linux from a different HDD and, as root, change  
the ownership and permissions of all of the files on that HDD, which  
would allow me to recover the data I need from the drive.  The result  
of this would be that that drive would no longer be a usable Linux  
install.  As that result is not desirable, I intend to duplicate all  
of those partitions using dd and then extract the data from the  
duplicate volume.  Does anyone know of a better solution to this?

I have retrieved a fair amount of data already from the second HDD by  
use of foremost.  Thank you to those on the list who recommended that  
application to me earlier this year.  Unfortunately, I have  
encountered a problem using that tool, as the drive was fragmented,  
and any file larger than a few blocks seems to be broken up due to  
that fragmentation.  However, I believe I have repaired the surface  
of the volume sufficiently such that where I able to reassemble the  
RAID, I believe the disk, would be usable.  As the other two disks of  
the RAID are not usable, that is not an option.  Is there any way to  
access the raw files on that disk without the remainder of the RAID?   
Is there any way to rebuild or reorder the segments to minimize the  
impact of fragmentation on the volume?

Thank you,

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