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Hi everyone,

To make a long story short, my brother somehow interrupted the defragmentation process on his Acer laptop (two 44gb FAT32 partitions and one ~6gb hidden recovery partition), and the computer would sit there with the windows loading screen. We tried to use a Knoppix livecd to copy the contents of the drive to my 500GB NTFS usb external drive, but it kept hanging after a certain number of transferred files. Some files would just fail, giving the option to skip them. Figuring that this had something to do with linux's flaky mounted drive support, or with write caching, I tore the drive out of the laptop, saw that it was IDE, slipped on a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter and plugged it into the guts of an enclosure. Windows saw the drive and I was able to browse it, but when I tried the same copy I did in Linux, it started hanging, crashing explorer.exe, etc. on certain files. It once threw a code execution warning, so I disabled that protection and continued on, but it still wouldn't copy certain files.

Because of this, I am unable to continue on with the recovery. I'm not all that concerned with recovering the stuff that's apparently corrupted, but I would really like to be able to skip the ones that are.

Is there a utility that does this? I've tried Ycopy, and it worked well until it got to those killer files, then the device driver actually timed out.
 
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