my external hard disk (or, more specifically, the hard disk of a friend of mine) is failing, of course there is no backup.
I'm looking for a tool that tries to rescue the most possible amount of files in specific directories.
Previously, I've done this kind of things with dd_rescue, but there are only 50GB used on this 500GB disk, and I don't want to make a complete image of the partition, because I don't have enough free space on the other disk.
So I am looking for a robust tool/script that recursivly tries to copy files/directories, retries n times and skips if not possible.
One thing a have come across is Unstoppable Copier ( http://www.roadkil.net/program.php?ProgramID=29 ). It is good, but not so robust, and on linux uses Qt which I don't have on the command line.
There must be some kind of linux tool/script! Can you help me? Thanks!