[clug] Recovering data from old disks. Max age observed?
lroyjh at gmail.com
Fri Jun 14 07:02:29 UTC 2019
A flippant comment I know but I'm told that even tomb stones become
unreadable in time.
On 14/6/19 4:37 pm, steve jenkin via linux wrote:
> I recently read the contents of a 2010 x 1TB USB-2 external hard-drive that had Apple “Time Machine” data on it.
> Had to resort to ‘ddrescue’ - there were 17 hard errors detected.
> The important points here:
> - old disk had been sitting collecting dust for years. Perhaps out of service in 2014.
> - I not pressing it back into service, just hoping it’d hold together.
> Now I’ve got the data off, I can discard the hardware.
> Newer disks are higher density, meaning finer tolerances, more complex engineering (surface lubricants mandatory now) and possibly more susceptible to data loss because the sub-systems are closer to theoretical limits.
> I don’t expect to be able to recover data from my 2015 disk in 2025.
> But how can ‘ultimate life’ be calculated?
> Other people much have recovered data from old disks, even used disks continuously (daily or weekly), for much longer than the nominal design life of 5 years.
> The contra for long lived drives is all the drives that fail early… The random factors combine to shorten and extend life.
> I’ve come to realise I now have to consciously ‘curate’ my old data if I want to keep it.
> Which means saving filesystem image [or LVM],, not direct to partition, ‘data scrubbing’ often enough to be happy with finding latent errors, and an intentional “collect, copy, retire” activity.
> Haven’t got there yet, only just starting. Still haven’t even found / collected all my old disk drives :)
> Steve Jenkin, IT Systems and Design
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