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AIX Version 4.3 Problem Solving Guide and Reference

Recover Data from a Damaged Diskette

Diskettes can suffer actual physical damage (bending, folding) or internal damage. To recover data from a damaged diskette, do the following:

  1. Make sure that you have a backup of the diskette.
  2. Get another copy of the data on the diskette, if possible.
  3. Restore as many files as possible from the diskette by determining which of the following methods you used to copy the file to the diskette.
  4. After restoring the file, open it and make sure it looks okay. Beware that data in a file restored from a damaged diskette may be incorrect.

Prevent your diskette data from being deleted inadvertently. Put write-protect tabs on the diskettes. Keep diskettes away from magnets, old rotary phones (they contain magnets), and the front or top of CRT screens.

Related Information

"Backup Overview" in AIX Version 4.3 System Management Guide: Operating System and Devices.

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