Subject: Data recovery
To: None <>
From: Glenn Richards <>
List: regional-london
Date: 01/09/2005 07:14:39
Typical that this would happen when I haven't backed up for a while...

We had some power "issues" over the weekend. It would appear when the 
power came back it did so with a surge, and although my NetBSD desktop 
box was plugged into both a UPS and surge protector it's fried the hard 

Now there's quite a bit of stuff on there that hadn't been backed up 
(typically), so I'm considering sending the drive off for recovery. 
(When powered up, it seeks repeatedly - Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 120GB.) 
The disk is formatted to FFSv1, originally NetBSD 1.6.1 although I'd 
been running 1.6ZG on it for a while. Anyone know of a recovery outfit 
that a. can handle FFS format disks, and b. doesn't charge the GDP of 
several third world countries to do so?

(On the up side, I've stuck a new disk in and installed 2.0 on the 
box... think I'll be putting RAID on this one and investing in a tape 
backup system...)

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