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My external HDD is not detected in Windows Editions. But it is working well in Ubuntu. The problem is, some of the tracks are damaged, so while browsing through the HDD, the 'Nautilus' stops working. I could not copy those files too. What are the Windows based softwares which support copy from this kind of devices? Partition Format : NTFS

HDD Size : 500GB

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You are missing the information about the partition format, are you using NTFS, FAT or a format only recognized by Linux? –  Diogo Sep 21 '11 at 16:31

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If there are problems reading from the drive due to physical damage, you can use GNU ddrescue to create an image of the drive. It'll attempt to recover bad sectors and unreadable areas of the disk. You can then mount the image in Linux and copy over the data without worrying about the system freezing due to I/O issues.

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I installed ddrescue and gddrescue. but i dont know how how to start UI of gddrescue. –  Rauf Sep 21 '11 at 17:23
Okie. I will use ddrescue from command line. One doubt, can I use like the following: I want to copy only one directory from 500GB HDD. It has a size of 1GB. So in my laptop, I have a disk with space 20GB, can I image the 1GB folder to the 20GB HDD? –  Rauf Sep 21 '11 at 18:14
gddrescue is the better product. You can find boot CDs with it. It's fairly straight-forward, but you probably want to find a quick guide like this one: forensicswiki.org/wiki/Ddrescue - It will only image an entire drive, not just part of it. If you only want part, you'll want to try XCOPY or ROBOCOPY on Windows. –  Chris Thompson Sep 28 '11 at 5:35

Recuva works fine for me, but remember that if you've a mechanical problem in the disc it won't work or do it in a very slow way.

The best way is use dd from ubuntu to create an image of the disk and have the possibility to mount it as a device and could copy all data available.

good luck!

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your question about the windows software is in my answer... Recuva ;-) –  n00b Sep 23 '11 at 14:03

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