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[Bug-ddrescue] ddrescue to .img file...then what?

From: jubei
Subject: [Bug-ddrescue] ddrescue to .img file...then what?
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2008 08:23:58 -0700 (PDT)

Hello all,
I'm new to this ddrescue thing so please be gentle :)   So I've got a drive
I'm trying to get data off of that has lots of errors.  Here's my process so

1.) Ran SpinRite on it.  Initially, SpinRite had trouble reading it but
after running it a few times, it was able to recover the first partition (a
Dell recovery partition) so that it's readable in Knoppix.

2.) Ran TestDisk against it.  TestDisk can see the partitions but I don't
want to go much further so I decided to...

3.) Run ddrescue against it.  I initially ran ddrescue to copy from the bad
drive to an empty drive.  It looks like it ran through but the new drive was
unreadable by TestDisk or Find and Mount.   One caveat: in Windows, the new
disk showed up as uninitialized.  

4.) Last night I ran ddrescue against it again but this time creating an
image on my NAS.  It's about 35GB through an 80GB disk.  Hopefully at the
end I'll have a full image of the drive so that the person I'm doing this
for can send it back to Dell (she has 10 days to send  it back and I'm on
day 5).

So my question is, what do I do with the disc image after it's done? 
Everything I've read says that I should restore it to a new clean drive and
run chkdsk against it.  But I don't know how to restore it to that drive and
am worried I'll be in the same boat as I was when I copied drive to drive. 
Anyone have any ideas on how I should proceed?  THANK YOU SO MUCH IN

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