"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Data recovery the ass-backwards way.

Friend of mine asked me to pull his data off a busted Windows install, so I said sure.

Finally get around to actually plugging the drive into my workstation (which is a Mac) and then go looking for Linux PPC LiveCDs that don't suck. Well. They all had problems. The Knoppix images I tried didn't even boot all the way. The Gentoo image would boot, then start throwing "vt: argh data_driver is NULL !" errors. Booting with noapic fixed it half the time, at least. But then, of course, NTFS wasn't supported by the kernel and I had just about no interest in recompiling their kernel and re-burning the image for it.

So I do a quick google run for third-party NTFS apps for Mac OS X and hit the Mac OS X Filesystems list, which seems very comprehensive.

And of course OS X has NTFS read-only support. So I boot and start pulling data off to a network drive. It's really not the fastest thing in the world, but it appears to be mostly working (there are some I/O errors getting thrown around; I dunno if that's physical or driver, though).

Anyway, it's saved me a trip to Factory or work in 23 degree weather, so I'm okay with it taking all damn day if it wants to.

December 15, 2004 9:35 AM