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Old 07-17-2012, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by codegreen View Post
ClamAV is excellent as a mail-gateway scanner when used as part of a layered security plan, but it is simply not effective as an on-demand virus scanner. It is slow, misses too much, and has too many false positives when scanning a filesystem.
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Originally Posted by codegreen View Post
Regarding ddrescue, make sure you installed the right one. In Ubuntu, "ddrescue" is the name of an older, less capable set of shell scripts. The package you want is called "gddrescue".

So, in addition to ddrescue and gsmartcontrol, you might want to look into:
  • gparted - A GUI partition editor and filesystem tool
  • ntfs-3g - full read-write access to Windows filesystems (not sure if this is installed by default or not)
  • Testdisk and Photorec - a pair of partition and file recovery utilities

If you're going to use Linux regularly, I recommend you get comfortable with the command line. It has a higher learning curve than GUI utilities, but is very powerful. Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition is an incredible wealth of command-line information. Parts are outdated (such as working with floppy disks), but if you work your way through, you'll be a Linux expert.
+1 for the ntfs-3g. I couldn't figure out when ubuntu told me that my external HDD's were unreadable.
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