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How long should i let Diskworrior work?

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Jan 11, 2011 2:24 PM
Hey all,

I'm at the point that i have DiskWorrior running on my crashed HD.
After the "invalid b-tree node size error" i got with DU.

So how how long should i leave it running?, the "speed reduced by disc malfunction" counter is rising every few minutes or so now.

If DW fails to do anything after x days.
What is my best try to get my data back?

I got lots of project files i didn't back-up...

So there's 2 questions.
*How long should i leave DW do its job?*
*And will the DataRescue3 do its job if DW fails?*

Thanks in advance, and Cheers!

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  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,755 points)
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    Jan 9, 2011 12:28 PM (in response to tjitro)
    How long should i leave DW do its job?


    The worse off the Disk is the longer it'll take, 3 days was the worst one I've seen, but it did allow about 80% recovery after that.

    And will the DataRescue3 do its job if DW fails?


    Quite a good chance, especially on drives that refuse to mount, but may take even longer & require far more free HZD space than the original had on it.
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,755 points)
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    Jan 9, 2011 12:57 PM (in response to tjitro)
    OK, good luck, & don't worry about the progress bar not moving for long periods, or things like Beach Ball cursor, or DW not responding if viewed in activity Monitor... DW is off using every bit of your resources it can to try to accomplish this. And there'll be good spots on the Disk that it zips along a lot faster.
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Jan 11, 2011 8:41 AM (in response to tjitro)
    Very likely your hard drive is dying. Any unusual noise from a hard drive is bad news. If you're interested in what it means try: [Failing hard drive sounds|http://datacent.com/harddrivesounds.php]

    There's nothing you can do about it other than to keep on copying and hope it lasts long enough to get all copied.
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  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,755 points)
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    Jan 11, 2011 9:43 AM (in response to tjitro)
    Does it mean my HD is heading towards death?!


    Yes, in fact, that DW took so long means it is dying.

    So the condition of my HD gets worse while copying?


    Yes, once they start going, they generally go downhill fast, I hope you've got enough time to get your data off of it.

    It'll get worse just being ON without any reading or writing going on.
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,755 points)
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    Jan 11, 2011 2:25 PM (in response to tjitro)
    Let the drive cool down before trying, (one ancient last ditch effort is to even put it in a well sealed plastic bag in the freezer overnight, then try to get info while it's still cool).

    And wile this have any consequences for my iMac?


    It shouldn't.

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