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I'm using gnu ddrescue by Antonio. I have a broken, but not dead (checked by the photorec utility - it found and saved many files on it) a 1 terabyte usb-HDD and the goal is to create its RAW-file. After a long search on the Internet I stopped on the command ddrescue --force --direct --retrim, In addition, in the original recommendation was the line "-max-retries = 3", but since the console gave an error, I deleted it. For more than a week there is a process. So all long. Yes. Progress is shown in the screenshot.

screen console Am I doing everything right? Can I hope for a successful outcome at the end of this process? The output file weighs 0 bytes, although the free space on the source hard disk is reduced - why?

  • I think Current status, rescued: 0 B shows that no data has been rescued yet. This corresponds with 0 B of the output file you report. Do I read you right that this process has been running for over a week? run time: 6m 5s says something else. Maybe ddrescue hung? Is there anything in dmesg that seems relevant? What do you mean by "free space on the source hard disk is reduced"? As I see it, your source is /dev/sda; is it mounted and monitored, so you can tell its free space? Next: osboxes – is it a virtual machine? If it is then how exactly is /dev/sda connected to it? – Kamil Maciorowski Oct 24 '17 at 7:55

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