[conspire] (forw) Recovering Files After Disk Crash
rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Jul 29 20:50:03 PDT 2010
----- Forwarded message from "Robert S. Johnstone" <rsjohnst at idiom.com> -----
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 20:46:15 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Robert S. Johnstone" <rsjohnst at idiom.com>
To: installers at linuxmafia.com
Cc: jubilada at sbcglobal.net, kgranath at clickaway.com
Subject: Recovering Files After Disk Crash
In mid-June I had a hard disk failure on my computer,
a single-user system running Ubuntu Linux v6.06.
I had the drive replaced by ClickAway in Los Altos,
and I am now in the (endless?) process of configuring
Ubuntu Linux v9.10 on the new disk.
ClickAway sent the failed drive to a data recovery specialist
with clean-room facilities in Madison WI.
Gillware has returned a large file (7.3 MB base64-encoded,
5.4 MB decoded) with a very long file name, which begins with
my name, has many numbers which probably identify the job for
accounting purposes, and ends with: _Data.gfd .
This .gfd file is binary data which identifies the files they
have recovered (but does not include the content of the files).
Gillware provides a free downloadable program which interprets
the .gfd file to show the files which are recoverable, in a
This viewer has versions for Windows and MacIntosh systems,
but not for Linux.
I have four questions.
Q1. Is there any Linux program which can interpret a
.gfd file? (which is probably a proprietary format)
Q2. If I run the viewer on a Windows system, will I later
have problems transferring the recovered files from
Windows to Linux?
Q3. Do I get to tell Gillware to send the selected files
in a Linux format? (I will pursue Gillware)
Q3. Are there any local Linux specialists who deal with
recovery problems? (i.e., for a fee)
I would like to meet and talk with anyone who has dealt with
this situation. I will come to Rick Moen's CABAL Intrigue
on Saturday 14 August.
See you then, there. Thanks.
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