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I am trying to run ddrescue to make an ISO of an old crashed drive. I just don't know how to find the name of the drive to specify when telling ddrescue to run.

If someone could please just tell me how to find this out so I could get this started.

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I doubt ddrescue can make an ISO from a hard drive source... – izx Sep 8 '12 at 12:17

There are two valuable commands to find out what drives we have attached:

  • List drives attached:

    sudo blkid
  • List partitions:

    sudo fdisk -l

With these commands you should have all information you need to run ddrescue. In case the drive is not listed it is not detected from BIOS either due to a lethal hardware defect or broken cables.

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