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Re: [Bug-ddrescue] Tip: Improving recovery chances with Seagate "F3" mod

From: Antonio Diaz Diaz
Subject: Re: [Bug-ddrescue] Tip: Improving recovery chances with Seagate "F3" models
Date: Tue, 13 May 2014 18:07:18 +0200
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Hello Franc,

Franc Zabkar wrote:
The fix could be incorporated into ddrescue,

As you already know[1], one of the great strengths of ddrescue is that it is interface-agnostic, and so can be used for any kind of device supported by your kernel.

The fix you link to seems to affect just some newer Royl WD drives and seems to imply the overwriting of the drive firmware. I think such fix is out of the scope of a tool like ddrescue.


or it could be implemented as a small helper application. However, it requires a little knowledge of WD's Vendor Specific Commands, or access to certain commercial tools.

It would be ideal if every drive came with a complete and free firmware tool, but meanwhile probably the most practical solution is to manually apply the fix as described in your link, and buying a drive without this problem next time.


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