Moving 700GB worth of data from failing external hard drive

admin 25 Aug , 2021 0 Comments data recovery

Hey everyone. I have a 5 year old 2TB Seagate Expansion drive that is clearly on its way out. Copying files from this drive works for the first few attempts, but sooner or later it freezes completely.

I was looking into ddrescue as a means to trying to salvage my collection of Blu-ray rips and TV shows. The issues I have so far are

I only have one machine to my name (windows 10) which is used 20 hours a day by myself and Mrs for work and encoding media overnight. This means switching to Linux and running ddrescue for what could be multiple hours or days isn't possible.

I then thought about using Linux in a VM and using ddrescue that way. All of my google-fu shows that this isn't a wise idea.

Lastly, I have no idea if ddrescue-gui which is for Windows, actually works since I can't find much discussion about it.

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