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I have a copy protected HDD.

It works perfectly in a kiosk but when I try to clone it using clonezilla, ghost or any other sector to sector copiers I get i/o errors... I think they've ruined some sectors just to block the copy (just like in sweet old times of amiga disks).

Back in time I used a software called diskdupe to copy also the error on the disk...

Any info about an application that blindly raw clones an hd even if it has errors (or a workaround)?

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HD = High Definition, HDD = Hard Drive – ubiquibacon Nov 21 '10 at 19:42
@typoking: In the days of "standard definition", HD meant "hard disk". (HDD is "hard disk drive".) – grawity Nov 21 '10 at 20:25
@grawity even in the time of standard definition, I have never seen hard drives referred to (correctly) as HD. It seems more appropriate to use HD for high definition and HDD for hard drive (or the extended version "hard disk drive" as you said). – ubiquibacon Nov 21 '10 at 20:40
@typoknig: I've seen “HD” for hard disk far more often than “HDD”. There's certainly nothing incorrect about it. “HD” is ambiguous, like just about every two-letter abbreviation. In this context, it clearly doesn't mean “high definition” or “high density” or “Heidelberg” or “hemodialysis” or … – Gilles Nov 21 '10 at 21:40
Never got the chance, since 1996, to see this amount of attention and effort on a single term of a topic. Stackoverflow, Serverfault and his brothers are the new limit of knowledge I can imagine. God bless you all and our hdd. ps Hd as hard disk is actually a LOT older than HD as high definition which has just a few years. Anyhow I do understand the need of distinguishing lately and I'll be more accurate in my next questions: thank you all :) – Pitto Nov 22 '10 at 20:24
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Try ddrescue or dd_rescue, which are designed precisely to copy all that's salvageable off a disk with errors. Both are available on many repair live CDs, for example SystemRescueCD.

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Great point, my friend! I'll try and come back with news :) – Pitto Nov 22 '10 at 20:22

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