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NewsForge: Drive Recovery Comes to Linux

Jun 04, 2004, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary E. Tyler)

"Fire. Flood. Having a five-foot-thick redwood tree fall on your home office. Collectively, these are disasters that can befall your computers' hard drives. At an enterprise level add in dead multi-disk servers, RAIDs that get mixed up, and network storage appliances that don't get backed up. Whether you're a homeowner mourning the loss of your family's digital picture album or an enterprise-level IT director trying to make sure that your next disaster doesn't involved getting canned, there is a solution.

"Drive recovery has long been the last resort of IT directors (and desperate dissertation writers). In recent years, industry leaders Kroll OnTrack Inc. have added Linux recovery to their service lines, but you'd never know from looking at their Web sites. DriveSavers doesn't even mention that it handles Linux drives -- it has recovery tips for Macs and PCs, but none for Linux. Ontrack hides support for Linux three levels deep..."

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