I packaged version 1.8 of gnu ddrescue and uploaded it to my launchpad Personal Package Archive (ppa). This is an unofficial package but it seems to work fine.
If you want to stick with official Ubuntu packages, do not add my ppa to your sources.list. You can still install the ubuntu-rescue-remix metapackages by hand. However, if you add my ppa to your sources.list to install the ubuntu-rescue-remix metapackages, you will be getting (the unofficial) gddrescue-1.8.
After playing around with the 8.04 ALPHA release I created an easy-to-install USB image for general use. Please test out the installation procedure and let me know if you have any problems:
(note: I updated this to point to the final stable release, version 8.04)
Step 1- Download the latest image:
Step 2- (This will erase the data on your USB device!) Plug in your USB device and unmount it. You can manually
create a partition for the Rescue Remix. You can even put that partition at the end of your device and create another partition at the beginning for storage or swap space. Make sure the rescue-remix partition is 166MB or greater or else the image won't fit.
Make the partition that will hold the image bootable (Use (g)parted or cfdisk); only one partition should be bootable or else that defeats the purpose.
If you put the storage partition after the rescue-remix image partition, you won't be able to access your storage partition from Windows-based operating system; It "just doesn't work."
Step 3- Write the image to the device:
If your device is the second partition on sdc, then you would run:
sudo zcat ubuntu-remix-804.usb.gz >/dev/sdc2
Step 4- Try to boot the device. If it doesn't boot, you need to put an MBR on the device.
sudo apt-get install mbr
sudo mbr-install /dev/sdc
And then reboot.
Again, if you have any problems, please let me know.
I split the ubuntu-rescue-remix metapackage up into two parts. If you are running a desktop version of Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu/Edubuntu, you don't need the live cd components to be installed on your system.
Install the ubuntu-rescue-remix-tools package instead.
You will need to enable the universe and multiverse repositories to install the ubuntu-rescue-remix-tools package.
To install the Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix on a regular Ubuntu install (hardy) add this to your sources.list
and then run
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-rescue-remix
This is not ready for general use. I plan on separating the package into two smaller metapackages: ubuntu-rescue-remix-live and ubuntu-rescue-remix-tools. There is no need to install the live cd components on a regular Ubuntu install that already boots from a hard drive and uses a volume-manager to mount removable devices.
1- I will be creating a new documentation section for case studies. Each case study will demonstrate a specific problem and the steps taken to recover the data. I am hoping users can contribute their case studies as well.
2- I will be making a meta package for Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix. I will post it to my Launchpad PPA. (https://launchpad.net/~arzajac/+archive)
3- I will be putting together the pre-release for Hardy.
0- (As usual, any help is welcome!)
A recurring discussion I have with people is whether something that is free-libre can actually be as good (if not better) than a shrink-wrapped product that is sold.
I elaborated about that in the ABOUT section. The word "free" in free-libre open-source refers to freedom and not necessarily cost. The fact that the software is free in the Software Freedom sense opens the door to it being used in a commercial setting without the overhead involved with proprietary licensing costs. It also allows the software to be improved by anyone with the ability to look at the code and improve it.
So, the Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix can do just about anything the proprietary equivalents can do, except the Rescue-Remix will get even better with time for free.
The business model of free and open source software is services and support, not sales of a software product. That means no one will sell Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix in a shrink-wrapped box in a store.
It doesn't mean you aren't allowed to use it commercially, though. I encourage you to use it in any setting, including in a commercial environment.
Anyone is entitled to obtain it, use it and charge customers a fee for the service of recovering their lost data if they chose to do so.
I think the OLPC project is great. I agree that computer hardware today is so redundant that it is an exercise in waste. To that end, in just over a month I will be buying an XO through the give one get one program.
Looking through the specs, I am certain the rescue-remix will be able to boot on it. By plugging in your storage hardware through USB2 ports, you should be able to accomplish any data recovery task you need.
I look forward to releasing the next version (8.04) of the Rescue-remix as XO-ready.
Please use the Data recovery forum section for data recovery discussion.
Discuss any topics, techniques or problems related to data recovery. Have a problem? Perhaps someone can help? Have you experienced an interesting case? Post it there.
I will be working on the Gutsy release soon. I intend for the Beta to be out before Gutsy (Ubuntu 7.10) final is released.
Once Gutsy is released, I will release the 7.10 version of the Rescue Remix.