[conspire] Guy with the OpenSUSE server now has problems

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Jul 2 19:58:31 PDT 2012

Quoting Daniel Gimpelevich (daniel at gimpelevich.san-francisco.ca.us):

> On Thu, 2012-06-28 at 18:54 -0700, Rick Moen wrote:
> > I had made arrangements to have a friend bring over
> > his bootable copy of Gibson Research's SpinRite, but that fell
> > through.
> > Sound to me like TestDisk may well prove to be a good alternative to
> > SpinRite.
> No. All TestDisk does is examine the data on a drive where the MBR has
> been lost to try to determine the original partition boundaries. Its
> companion program PhotoRec does the same for files within filesystems.
> >From what I understand of SpinRite, it tweaks a drive's low-level
> formatting to better facilitate non-forensic data retrieval, and in a
> few limited cases may partially restore malfunctioning drives to working
> order.

I'm well aware of all of that.  My point is that SpinRite was probably
the wrong tool for the problem described -- going by the description.

Now that I'm back in town, I expect to get around to talking to Fred
about that very point.

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