Debian :: Recovering Data From Deleted Partition

May 16, 2010

I was trying to delete a logical drive in windows xp and the damn disk management tool in windows not only deleted my other windows partition but also my linux /data ext3 partition. Now I have a unallocated space in place of these partitions. The data is still there but the entries in the partition table have been removed. So how do I recover my partition. I was trying to use the following tutorial. [URK]

I used the sudo parted /dev/sda -- and then rescue START END command and could get back the /data partition. But it gives me the following error while mounting the partition. mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sda7, missing codepage or helper program or other error. In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try dmesg | tail or so.

What does this mean. How to I fix this? Also when I try to recover my windows partition using parted it scans for a while and then does nothing. It doesnot ask for writing the lost partition in the partition table. What do I do?

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Ubuntu :: Recovering Data From A Formatted Partition?

Dec 19, 2010

I just installed kubuntu 10.10, replacing an older installation. I have three hard drives one of which had all of the data I wanted to save, about 500gb. I repartitioned and formatted the other two drives and made sure that the data drive would be mounted but not formatted. When I booted into my new installation, the data drive was blank. I'm not sure if it's relevant, but I had just upgraded the file system from ext2 to ext4 before starting the installation.

I've been trying to recover my lost partition with testdisk. The website has instructions for recovering a formatted partition. It looks like it's working until the instructions tell me to choose Boot and RebuildBS, which I don't see as options. Can anyone give me any advice on how to recover? How did this even happen? Has anyone had a similar issue with installation?

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Debian :: Recovering Deleted Directory In Terminal

Feb 21, 2015

I deleted by mistake my /www/ directory in terminal with rm -rf command. Is there a chance to get it back? I tried with TestDisk but I can't find it.

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Ubuntu :: Recovering Encrypted Data From Corrupted Partition

Jul 20, 2011

I recently suffered a hard disk failure, meaning I had to replace the faulty device. After attempting to mount the old faulty hard drive using and external caddy, I got the following message... Unable to mount 144 GB Filesystem Error mounting: mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdb5, missing codepage or helper program, or other error In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try dmesg | tail or so

I'd like to attempt to recover what I can from my /home directory but unfortunately I use encryption (although I do actually know my pass phrase). What procedures and software can I use to try and recover data from this drive?

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Software :: Recovering Data From A Hard Drive With LVM A Partition?

Jan 18, 2010

I have an external USB hard drive that I need to recover some data from, but I see from fdisk -l that the partition uses LVM:


[root@localhost ~]# fdisk -l /dev/sdd
Disk /dev/sdd: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes


I've followed various lvm tutorials all of which describe setting up lvm from fresh on empty disks. Unfortunately non mention how to 'install' new a drive that was previously set up with lvm. I have had a go anyway and may have now lost my data. Here's what I've ended up with (the partition in question is sdd1):


[root@localhost ~]# pvdisplay
--- Physical volume ---
PV Name /dev/sdd1
VG Name vg02


I've tried mounting with other fstypes, but all give the same error.

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Ubuntu Security :: Recovering Data From Corrupt Encrypted Partition

Feb 25, 2010

I have recently recovered from an HDD failure on my Drobo. One of the disks died and corrupted the entire array (which is not supposed to happen). I have since managed to copy the data off onto smaller disks and after replacing the failed drive, have copied everything back.

Now that im up and running again, i was wondering how this situation would play out on encrypted disks, or in the case of a drobo a large encrypted partition (as you cannot encrypt the entire array).

Would i still be able to recover the data if i were to encrypt it? It is a 4.2TB array, and i assume that I would need to copy the data in its entirety to recover it, so using multiple smaller disks would be out of the question right?

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General :: Recovering Data From A Severely Damaged Ext3 Partition?

Feb 21, 2011

following problem. A friend phoned me in despair. Her Ubuntu didn't start any more - ASUS-Laptop switched on stops at a ramfs-prompt.
I started Puppy-Linux from DVD-Drive. Worked fine. But puppy can't mount her /dev/sda1 partition either. At least you can see that the partition is still there. Fsck stops with an error. May be the initial problem is a sort of bad hardware by which bad bytes were written to the hard drive. Hard drive and/or memory could be replaced but not the data.

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General :: Recovering Data From Ext3 Partition With Hardware Errors - Recovery Required On Readonly Filesystem

Jan 10, 2010

I have an external 3.5" USB 250Gb HDD which is showing symptoms of hardware problems (repeated /var/log/messages errors of "reset high speed USB device using ehci_hcd"). This was originally plugged in to my NSLU2 running Debian Etch. I have just installed Ubuntu Desktop 9.10 to a spare Pentium-3M laptop and was hoping to copy the contents of this HDD to a fresh drive. However, I cannot mount it even read-only; mount -o ro /dev/sde3 /mnt/disk fails, and the /var/log/messages error is "recovery required on readonly filesystem", "write access unavailable, cannot proceed". I cannot understand why mounting a disk read-only should require write access. Following advice I googled elsewhere, I tried running mke2fs -n /dev/sde3 to try to list the alternative superblocks - but once again I got the error that the device was read-only. How can I go about accessing the data on this disk?

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Ubuntu :: Deleted Data On Windows Partition?

Jan 28, 2011

I just made a very stupid mistake, and in result I just deleted almost everything on my windows 7 partition. I followed this guide: [URL].. for how to access my windows partition from ubuntu and it worked, but then I decided to rm -r the whole thing thinking it was a copy. I have no restore disks or any other type of backup. I know this maybe be impossible, but is there any way to recover my data?

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Ubuntu :: How To Recover Data From Deleted Partition

May 22, 2011

I deleted an old ubuntu partition, I reinstalled Ubuntu but is there any software for Ubuntu or any other Linux operating systems that can recover my data?

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Ubuntu :: Recover Data From RAID 1 Where Partition Table Has Been Deleted?

Jan 12, 2010

I have 8.04 running mdadm raid 1. I selected the wrong drive in gparted and managed to hose my partition tables.

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Ubuntu :: Fixing A Deleted Partition Table / Data Recovery?

Jan 27, 2010

I erased my partition table. Can anyone recommend a good method of reconstructing it? And if this is impossible, can anyone recommend a good method of data recovery? I had an ntfs partition with windows 7 and a larger ext3 partition that ran Debian.

I'm running Test-disk on the SystemRescueCD at the moment (cross your fingers).

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Server Platforms :: Partition Table Deleted - Get My Data Back Safe Without Losing It ?

Mar 6, 2010

I've initialize a virtual disk and deleted the partition table didn't notice that i've done that to the wrong one, data still on the physical hard disks I'll get my data back safe without losing it?

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Ubuntu :: Recovering Data - This Directory Has Been Unmounted To Protect Your Data

Jun 3, 2010

Ubuntu 9.10 64bit. Acer Laptop

Using ubuntu 9.10 cd to access laptops hard drive.

foun readme file in /media/disk/mark


From the graphical desktop, click on: "Access Your Private Data"


From the command line, run: $ ecryptfs-mount-private

So I tried a couple of ways...

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General :: Recovering/Creating NewWorld Partition On Mac G4 (PPC) After Botched Debian Install?

Apr 25, 2010

I was trying to install Debian 5.04 on a Mac G4, and in typical geek tradition, I didn't RTFM. During installation, I nuked all existing partitions, creating new to my liking. But as I learned later during the installation process, yaboot needed a NewWorld partition, so I can't boot the installation. I don't have any OSX CDs with me (this is a used G4 I purchased of craigslist) with which to create a HFS partition.I've re-run the Debian installer, which lets me create a partition that is supposed to be of type 'NewWorld', but the installer does not seem to like it or recognizes it.

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Ubuntu :: Recovering Deleted 9gb 7z File

Aug 17, 2010

A friend had a 320 gig hdd he wanted me to back up. I saved all the files in a folder "Documents & Settings" and even made a 7z archive out of it. I used a 1tb mybook and copied the files to it then tried to delete it. Now i had recovered the files using ubuntu, but moved them to my windows partition. When i got on windows 7 and tried to delete the directory "documents & settings" i got an error saying some files had names that were too large or something like that. So i went on ubuntu and deleted the files from my windows partition without moving them to the ubuntu partition.

Well my 1tb drive just broke so i lost the files on there. Now im trying to back the files up using ubuntu. I am running scalpel at the moment, and it hasnt found anything at all. I really dont know if i set up the configuration file right. I just started scanning my other hdd that contains the linux boot. It has just started so i am not sure if it will find anything or not.

But incase it doesnt, how do i set up the config file to find the file? There are two things i deleted off of my windows partition. a 7z file archive which was the 9GB directory "Documents and Settings" zipped, and the actual folder Documents and Settings.

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Ubuntu :: Recovering Deleted File?

Apr 9, 2011

i have recently beingmessing about with a few of my own files(i realise that this was not very smart) and i managed to delete it from the trash. is there any possible way that i am going to be able to recover the folder that i deleted.

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General :: Recovering A File Deleted With Rm?

Dec 22, 2010

The man page for rm says Quote:Note that if you use rm to remove a file, it is usually possible to recover the contents of that file. Do you know of a way to recover a file deleted with rm?

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OpenSUSE :: App For Recovering Deleted Files And Partitions?

Jun 18, 2011

A friend of mine had inportant files on his windows 7 PC. the pc took a virus, he took it with some "experts" wich happily DELTED the partition and reinstalled W7, and apps, WITHOUT backing up his files.

Ibe faced similar cases before, and on windows ibe used Recuva with mixed resutls, but. Is there an application in linux i can install on my opensuse 11.4 box to do the same task? Can you guys recommend good linux software (available for suse) that will do this? I read about "TestDisk", but ibe never used it.

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Ubuntu :: Recovering Deleted Files Of A Specific Name?

Mar 21, 2010

I need to get back two avi movie files but I've deleted hundreds and any recovery might try and drop them back on my small hard disk and overwhelm it! I know the files include the word 'Archer' but I'm using Formost, which is very easy to use, but it doesn't seem to allow for the searching of specific files by name. I can recover by type ie, avi, jpeg, pdf.....

Are there any recovery programs that will list files in a table so I can pick the ones I want to recover or do a search in Terminal for my 'Archer' files?

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General :: Recovering Deleted Openoffice Spread Sheets?

Mar 8, 2010

i just want to know whether we can recover the deleted openoffice spreadsheets. iam using ubuntu 9.10. i don't know how to recover the openoffice files after deleting it from trash.

And i also wanted to know whether we can recover old content of openoffice spread sheet file after it had been saved with the new content.

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Debian :: Deleted The Partition Containing Windows, And Now System Will Not Load Any Bootable CD?

Jun 11, 2010

I had a dual boot on my dell mini inspiron for win xp and linux debian. Due to some issue with windows, I needed to reinstall it and remove debian. From within debian's inbuilt GParted, I deleted the partition containing windows, and now my system will not load any bootable CD (whether winXp or Gparted live cd). Everytime I restart the system with a bootable Cd, it still takes me into debian to reformat my hard drive by deleting linux partitions and re-install winxp from bootable cd.

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Ubuntu :: Recovering The Data From Hdd?

Jul 3, 2011

My machine has dual boot windows xp and ubuntu 10.04. Today accidently i deleted two of my ntfs drive which contained vital projects of my college. Can anybody help me to recover my lost data.

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OpenSUSE Hardware :: Recovering Data From Old HDD

Mar 27, 2011

I've just got a STA/IDE to USB 2.0 gadgetas a quick and dirty way to get data off a HDD Plugged everything in hoping with no particualr reason that it would work like a USB stick. Device notifier spotted drive but wouldn't mount it

dmesg | tail
[20197.639369] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdb] Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[20197.639373] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdb] Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[20197.639378] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdb] Add. Sense: Peripheral device write fault
[20197.639383] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdb] CDB: Write(10): 2a 00 00 60 7c cf 00 00 08 00
[20197.639391] end_request: I/O error, dev sdb, sector 6323407
[20197.639397] Buffer I/O error on device sdb6, logical block 8210
[20197.639399] lost page write due to I/O error on sdb6

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Jun 1, 2010

I have a DVD that I want to recover. The problem is that it will not mount because it has a small scratch at the beginning of the first track. Is there any way to force mount the DVD and recover at least the unscratched part of the DVD?

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Ubuntu :: Recovering Some Data From Raid 0?

Aug 11, 2010

So I've pulled two hard drives out of my busted windows xp system (dead mb) and I'm trying to get some data off of them. The drives are in raid 0, so my friend told me that I might be able to do something if I use linux. Some late night searching on the internet directed me to a few resources, one of which was this forum. I've tried 2 methods, neither of which have worked.

1. mdadm

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo mdadm --detail /dev/sdb
mdadm: /dev/sdb does not appear to be an md device

2. dmraid

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo dmraid -s
/dev/sdb: "sil" and "hpt45x" formats discovered (using hpt45x)!
ERROR: sil: wrong # of devices in RAID set "sil_agafdhcebccj" [1/2] on /dev/sda
ERROR: removing inconsistent RAID set "sil_agafdhcebccj"


I've got some files for work that I'd really like to get off there. I've played with unix a bit in college and I've ran ubuntu before, but usually using the GUI, so a lot of this stuff is over my head. But from what I gather, my system thinks that one of the drives isn't a raid drive?

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Jul 27, 2009

I started some months ago with Fedora 10, installed (on a barebones hardware package) from a DVD I got with a magazine. I liked it, and it worked fine. When 'Update Available' messages arrived, I installed the updates. When Fedora 11 arrived the same way, I installed that, a few weeks ago, and it, too, was working fine. A few days ago another 'Update Available' message arrived, and I installed it, unfortunately without backing up first. There was a message then that said to restart computer (which was still working fine).

I restarted the computer, and it would go as far as the moving blue bar across the bottom, then stop with a blinking cursor on a black screen. After trying several things, including the recovery part of the original DVD, I put a different, clean drive in the computer and reinstalled Fedora 10 from the original DVD. What I was hoping is that I could then install the original drive as a secondary one and get access to the files on it.

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Fedora :: Recovering Data From A Thumb Drive

Dec 3, 2009

The following quote is the sad, sad story of a thumb drive with the partition table nuked, as told by a friend of mine:


Data was recovered from an XP system by booting with a BartPC CD and copying onto a USB thumb drive. Nothing unusual.

System was rebooted into the XP install CD.

The first drive that was found was the 16gb thumb drive (AKA flash drive) and the person (re) installing XP didn't catch the fact that XP presented the 16gb thumb drive instead of the 160gb hard drive.

The drive partition function in XP deleted the partition table - on the thumb drive.

A freeware utility in Windows shows the data but can't recover the file names, so that everything is gobbledygook. Does anybody know of a utility or program under Linux that can help? I have a laptop running F 12 and can do the work if needed, but don't know what program to use.

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Mar 15, 2011

A few days ago I accidentally deleted a video file from the trash and I am looking forward to recover it but google could not give me a hand. Even worse I don't remember the name of the file.
Is there any specific free software for this? Or command line? (I am not good at it but can learn fast).

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Jan 8, 2011

I've accidently begun installing Ubuntu Studio onto my OpenSUSE drive I stupidly forgot to to swap my hard drive cables around.

Luckily, the Ubuntu Studio install failed before I noticed the problem, but I need to access the SUSE drive to pull some date off of it. Whats the best way of doing this?

I used a program in windows XP to try and pull the data (mainly holiday snaps) off the drive, but it only works on NTFS file systems, so didn't get me what I need.

How can I access the data on the linux partitions? I'm fairly certain I was using 11.2, which after a bit of googling seems touse the EXT3 file format. Correct?

I'm in over my head here really, as you can probably tell, but what my limited knowledge leads me to believe is that the Ubuntu installer overwrote my partition table (is that right?) but left all the data there still.

Ideally I need a program very similar to the one that I used, but which works for the SUSE filesystem, and runs under XP (my only working OS at the moment)

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