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Hello all. I would like to make a dedicated Linux box for HDD diags and data recovery. I would like to know which flavor of Linux you like best and which programs you use for HDD diags and data recovery from within Linux. Thanks.
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I'd recommend the System Rescue CD, it comes with lots of stuff built in. For diags you can use badblocks, for data recovery you can use ddrescue, photorec, testdisk, ntfsundelete…
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Hello all. I would like to make a dedicated Linux box for HDD diags and data recovery. I would like to know which flavor of Linux you like best and which programs you use for HDD diags and data recovery from within Linux. Thanks.
LOL. Thanks for posting this question ... I had just logged into TN to post THE EXACT SAME THING!
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Many of the forensics live cd's are good for what your looking for most of them contain the programs mentioned above plus the device listing and mounting program often will give you the smart information and allow you to run the smart tests. A few of them are DEFT linux, CAINE, and Backtrack. Also for another program like ddrescue check out dc3dd.
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Well, you can do just about anything on Linux that you can do on Windows. Most programs that you use on Windows either has just as good of an alternative or better on Linux. Unless your a heavy gamer, Linux should suit most of your needs. However, since this is primarily a computer repair forum, here are the utilities I use

Live CDs: Helps to quickly determine if an issue is software or hardware. Also allows you to test hard drives for those computers where you have to completely take apart the computer to get to the drive.
Kaspersky Rescue Disk: Gentoo linux, not sure why you would scan a virus infested HDD from another Windows machine.
ddrescue: data recovery, cloning
fdisk: data recovery
gsmartcontrol: SATA HDD SMART test
disk utility: quick bad sector count. Also, if gsmartcontrol keeps aborting test, often time this utility will catch an electro mechanical error.

Other General Uses

Data Transfers: No permission issues (on a Windows HDD, must be root for Mac), no need to worry about viruses
Data Backup: Same as above
File Manipulation: Can again easily modify or edit files without worrying about viruses or permission issues.
Just about anything else you can think of.

That covers a great majority of the tools we use on a regular basis, not to include our motherboard diagnostics and memtest86+




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I wish someone would make a decent gui for gddrescue. Im all keen to use it but dont have the patience for all that sda bollocks. I can do it but it makes my brain hurt!
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I wish someone would make a decent gui for gddrescue. Im all keen to use it but dont have the patience for all that sda bollocks. I can do it but it makes my brain hurt!
Really? Well, one suggestion I can give you is this. Save the command that you most commonly use on a note pad and copy and paste like this

ddrescue -r3 -v /dev/sda /dev/sdb logfile

and then edit the locations accordingly. You can check the disk utility or gparted if you are unsure of the appropriate locations and need an easy way to identify them. Once you have used the command, you can then press the up arrow key to find the command again and again edit the locations accordingly.

It's really not that hard, we use it regularly, so we are pretty used to it.
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Hello all. I would like to make a dedicated Linux box for HDD diags and data recovery. I would like to know which flavor of Linux you like best and which programs you use for HDD diags and data recovery from within Linux. Thanks.
Hello,

For recovering (copying) data.....I use Puppy Linux.

Boots really fast
Minimal system requirements.....works on older equipment
Auto mounts drives....including a usb if you have it plugged in before booting
When booted....open the hard drive....open the USB.......copy and paste

It seems to copy files that are corrupted also.

I have also used it on drives that were not visible in Win environments.

Doesn't give errors or stops when problem file found...just keeps right on going.

I believe the version I'm using is 5.25 or 525, or something like that. Don't know if that's the latest, but that version will auto mount drives making it really easy for those not experienced with Linux.

Also make a great operating system for older computers needing just the basics like checking e-mail, web surfing, etc.

One of the easiest Linux versions to learn and play with.
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