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Backup Error

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  • Backup
  • External Hard Drive
  • Mac OS X
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May 9, 2011 9:55:20 PM

I am trying to make a back up of my drive using the Disk Utility and an external hard drive.

I start the backup (restore), enter my password, and within a minute this error comes up.

Restore Failure
An error (2) occurred while copying. (No such file or directory).

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May 9, 2011 10:01:07 PM

I tried the backup again using a different external hard drive and got the same error.

The hard drive passes file checks, permission checks, and verify/repair disk checks.
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May 9, 2011 10:39:02 PM

I booted to the Tiger OS X CD and used the Disk Utility there. It copies by blocks, not files. It started going and everything looked good. Then half way through it returned this error:

Restore Failure
An error (5) occurred while copying (Input/output error)
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May 9, 2011 10:40:45 PM

ram1009 said:
I suggest some better backup software. Here's a free one.

http://www.fbackup.com/


Yeah, that's for PC, not Mac.
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May 9, 2011 10:42:33 PM

How old is your computer?
By the fact that you're using Tiger, I'd suspect it's a decent age, yes?
You may just have a problem with your motherboard/IO stuff.
Get a better hard drive scanner and try it out.
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May 9, 2011 10:52:04 PM

I'm not sure how old my lovely laptop is. It's a 12" iBook G4. Checking now, I bought it in late 2004, so it is 6 1/2 years old. Tiger is the highest operating system it will take. I'm stuck at 10.4.11 forever. But it's a lovely laptop.

I've used Disk Warrior (See thread about fixing bad sectors below) and that fixed all the errors.

What software do you recommend?
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May 10, 2011 6:22:42 PM

Lamely the 10.04 image is 744 mb, too big for a CDR. Fortunatley I was able to make a bootable DVD Will see how the imaging goes.
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May 10, 2011 6:34:10 PM

OK, I need some serious help here. It's been 10 years since I really worked with unix. I've got xubuntu loaded, but have no idea how to load and run GNU ddrescue. I understand how to use the terminal, change directories, run commands, but where is the gddrescue package?

Also, is there a command that will list the attributes of all the hard drives and partitions present. I've got ubuntu, my hard drive, and an external hard drive with two partitions and i want to make sure i am copying from and to the right places.
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May 10, 2011 7:45:48 PM

You might want to post over in the linux subforum but I will answer these :) 

sudo (superuser-do) is the command to run commands with escalated privileges

To get partition info(-l means list):
sudo fdisk -l

gddrescue is not installed by default, just grab it from the repository.
sudo apt-get install gddrescue

gddrescue will be in the 'universe' repository, you will need to add it to your repo list. (instructions on this page)
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Repositories/Ubuntu

or if you want you can compile it from source :) 
http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/ddrescue/
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