[svlug] Failing external drive. Planning to DD the failing drive to new external drive. Help please

H P Ladds householdwords at gmail.com
Thu Nov 12 07:44:46 PST 2015

I have an external hard drive failing and hope to DD the drive to a new
external hard drive.

Should I reformat the new drive to ext3 (or ext4) before DDing?

The failing drive has two 500 gig partitions (I believe ext3). Should I DD
the partitions separately or DD the entire drive?

After DDing I'll try to retrieve the data. Oh and it is all data, no OS.

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