General :: Any Way To Recover Overwritten Files?

Apr 22, 2010

I was syncing my palm pilot but some setting must've been wrong: instead of putting the files from my hard disk to the palm pilot it took the blank files from the palm pilot and wrote them over my back-up. Anyway, I'm about sick of palm but I want to get this file back. Is there anyway I can restore to an earlier version of this file? I'm about to reboot with sys rescue cd.

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General :: Recover Files From Ext4 File System Overwritten By New Installation

Jul 3, 2011

My main hard disk died and I replaced it. After installing windows in a small partition in /dev/sda, I thought I will try linux mint and went for it. (I need windows to play AOE, but ubuntu is my primary OS)I didnt see the options properly or some distraction, I choose the "install alongside windows" option probably expecting it to install it in the unallocated partition next to the windows installation. I had completely forgotten my second internal drive /dev/sdb which has the backup data. Linux mint went and installed itself on that drive.

Is there a way to recover individual files from the second harddrive. Now if I boot or open it through live cd, all I see in the linux mint file systems. I want to aleast recover my CV/resume from the second drive. The second drive is a single ext4 file system The old drive is completely dead, it doesnt even get recognized when I attach it to SATA.

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Ubuntu :: How To Recover Overwritten Files?

Dec 6, 2010

By mistake I've overwritten some of my project files. Is there anyway in ubuntu to recover those files.

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Jun 3, 2010

I overwrote windows with ubuntu netbook remix and lost pictures and videos. I need to recover them, they are from the last eight years and very important.

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Mar 15, 2011

Can I recover the file which has been overwritten.

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Oct 4, 2010

I had written a source code of C++ and complied it with the same name using the following command line.For example: c++ source-code.cpp -o source-code.cpp.Now my source code has been replaced by the executable program.Is there any way to retrieve my source-code.

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Fedora :: LVM - Recover Contents From Overwritten Partition?

Apr 14, 2011

Accidentally, I deleted my '/etc' & '/bin' folder (i know, my fault). Then, I boot liveCD and tried to copy or fix this issue. And then when I can't figure nothing to fix it, I don't know why, I want install system on my existing system, and I thought that new installation don't touch and change my /home folder. And this step Was my biggest mistake, after this I get raw /home partition without my data. Now, I'm trying recovery my data from /home, and I don't know how do this. I'm using program testdisk but I don't know how it work with lvm and ext4. Can I recover content of '/home' or it's impossible?

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Sep 28, 2010

I installes Ubunu on my Windows XP pro FD and I need to rcover some files , What is the best way tto recover them?

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Jun 10, 2011

I have an external 250gb hard drive where I had copied all my documents, pictures, etc etc. I wanted to reinstall windows xp on internal hard drive but I made a mistake and deleted the partition on the 250gb external hard drive. Is there a way to recover those files? I didn't format the 250gb hard drive. If yes, which software do you guys recommend? If this needs to be posted on another forum please let me know.

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General :: How To Recover Deleted Files

Apr 18, 2010

My laptop has two os. one is windows vista. and other is Ubuntu. I am currently on ubuntu system, this is my primary OS.There are 4 partitions of my hard diskWindows OSLinux(Ubuntu OSData Now the problem part. The data partition is NTFS. I have mounted this partition on the location /media/windrive-a under ubuntu OS.A little while back i decided to delete the mounting of the data partition and i fired command rm -r /media/windrive-a/. To give me a shock; all my data on data drive is gone.Now, I know this is not the command to remove mounted partition. But I have committed the wrong. Is there any way i can get my data back. These are very important data for me.

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General :: Bad SSD On A EeePC - How To Recover Files

Aug 6, 2010

I'm trying to recover a lost partition from a faulty SSD . I've used Linux last time, hence I'm a bit rusty. Still I'm trying to recover a damaged SSD filesystem on a eeePC 900 of a friend of mine ...Here are the details.

Asus eeePC 900

- 4GB primary SSD (OS is installed in here and works fine)

- 16GB secondary SSD (this one is faulty; after a few weeks of problems this friend of mine made some sort of system restore, but Linux couldn't use it correctly and trashed it away with all of it's data ... he couldn't explain it better to me. I'd like to recover the files from within this SSD)

Here's what I did on the eeePC:

1) fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sdb: 16.1GB, 16139354112 bytes
/dev/sdb 1 1962 15759733+ 83 Linux


I'm trying to find out the right words without generating any inflammatory answers from the community ... I currently kinda have only a Windows Seven installation available to work with ...

If you're still with me I add a few more details. That's all been done on the Win machine.I've managed to load the sdb.img file with Gizmo (it's a little software that mounts img files). Gizmo couldn't load the sdb1 partition inside of it but ... another program called PhotoRec managed to access the mounted disk, found the ext3 partition inside of it (gave me a few errors though) and successfully recover a lot of files :-) Well, a lot, not all of them, and not every recovered file was good That's a first improvement, that tells me sdb.img actually contains valid data even if only partially valid. I don't know if PhotoRec is to be blamed for the failed ones or the SSD image file did not contain enough valid data to let PhotoRec do a good job.

Now I would go back to Linux. I'm well aware that Linux has more potentials than Windows when it comes to handling disk images, loopback devices and so on; but, as I already said earlier, I'm a bit rusty.I'm willing to make a fresh installation of Linux (maybe Ubuntu) on a spare harddisk in order to get full advantage of that and dig deeper but I need directions when it comes to recover that lost partition. I'd like to try and recover the entire partition (not only a few files), maybe rebuilding the ext3 superblock or whatever.Here I'm lost, I don't know what has been developed in the last years regarding partition recovery in Linux, what tools are available, which forums deal with such techniques, I'd like to be pointed in the right direction.

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Nov 11, 2010

Is this possible someone delete one file or folder in linux server its automatically stored one path like recyclebin.

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General :: How To Recover Files - Ext4 Harddrive

Aug 4, 2010

Just rm -rf *'d home/me/ directory... tried extundelete, didn't recover more than 10% of data.. trying scalpel, taking forever..Anyone know of a sure fire way to recover data from ext4?

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General :: Recover Documents And Files From Old Installation?

Mar 24, 2011

I spent about a year on linux and had all sorts of very very important documents and files saved in my system. I cannot stress the importance of these documents and know that I am retarded for not making backups. We will start another thread for people to yell at me if you want. Heres the deal, XP was installed on this computer yesterday. They did a boot from disc install, deleting the partition and installing a fresh copy of XP.

Now XP is back on this cpu. My question is, is there ANYWAY long, short, whatever that I can find those files or maybe go back to my old install of ubuntu? I've heard a lot about bootloaders and whatnot but I have to get those files. I have a bunch of assignments due and need these files.

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May 15, 2011

All my important files is already gone because I accidentally reformatted my 160GB hard disk. What software should I use to recover my files?

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May 3, 2011

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Jun 7, 2010

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Feb 21, 2011

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General :: Could Use Help Trying To Recover Files From Possibly Hosed Partition

Jun 25, 2010

I've been using Linux for a few years and have managed to find what I need searching (including this great site) until now. I have managed to mess up a substantial partition and don't want to possibly make a bad situation worse by bungling around an area I know next to nothing about. I'll try to explain it fully.I finally built a new PC (750GB internal HDD, 4GB RAM). I'm used to Kubuntu so I installed that (10.04 x86_64bit); partitioned sda1 1GB swap / sda2 OS 20GB ext4 / balance sda3 home ext4 for time being. Everything runs sweet. My old PC (very, PIII, but more recent 500GB internal HDD) partitioned sda1 486.31MB swap / sda2 OS 22.82GB ext4 / balance (442.46GB) sda3 home ext3 (ext3 because /home was inherited from an earlier install prior to Kubuntu going ext4). Old PC was having PSU prob. I don't have an external HDD or any other large HDD and not enough DVDRs for 280GB or so of data current in /home. So I backed up what I could risking the old PC working long enough. Got the critical stuff, business etc. There remained some 150GB or so, years of pictures, videos, info on car repairs etc (some but by no means all on semi annual DVDR backups). Free space current in new PC's /home partition ~500GB. So I took out the HDD from the old PC and put it in the new in order to copy the remainder then use it in the new PC; made sure BIOS of new PC indicated this 2nd drive did not have boot priority. The correct install booted.

To my surprise (maybe not yours?) during boot with zero indication, Kubuntu decided to use the 2nd HDD's /home partition for its new 442.46GB swap partition instead! I was horrified. I unmounted it immediately but... according to GParted the partition with all those files to copy is now:/dev/sbd3 File System: unknown 442.46GB Used: --- Unused: --- no flags

I was surprised by kubuntu changing its partitions without input and assuming a ext3 file system on a secondary HD for a 442.46GB swap partition. But, mistake's on me. Call it a lesson. Now I need to know more but don't want to experiment unduly on this drive and possibly make things worse: What should I do next?

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Dec 18, 2010

I removed my Ubuntu install and decided to replace it with Debian. I backed up the /home directory onto the Windoze installation on the other hard drive. That was a "home.disk" file. Now, I copied the file over to the Debian hard drive, and can't figure out how to recover the files. Is this possible to do in Debian?

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Oct 22, 2010

There are some files on my external disk drive that are corrupted and not identifiable. How can I recover these files?

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Sep 4, 2010

Some a$$ hack me MySQL and deleted all my databases, I have older copies on my system, but is there a way that Ubuntu server can recall or recover deleted MySQL database files ?

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Sep 9, 2010

is there any way to recover deleted files and folders in redhat9.because one of my user delete one folder through samba.please advise me or any other recover tools.

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May 6, 2011

I used Total Commander and connected FTP to write website. Today I accidently deleted some files. How to recover them?Recover using Total Commander or log in Putty? If using Putty, what commands are used to recover?

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General :: Recover Files From Hard Drive That Was Initialized In Windows?

Jul 29, 2010

I will begin by announcing that I really know very little about Linux, not having dealt with it previously. That being said, a hard drive that has important files on it was given to me to back up without having been told it was Linux. I piggy backed it into a Windows PC and initialized the hard drive. When it showed there were no files to access I then realized this must be a Linux based hard drive. I attempted to access files with both Linux Reader and Linux Recovery but they both act as though the hard drive has no files on it. And no I did not format the drive, I only intialized it.Is there any way to retrieve files from this hard drive being initialized in Windows? I do have a Linux machine that I could piggy back it into but I have never messed with this machine before, or Linux for that matter, so wouldn't know where to begin.

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General :: Recover Deleted Files From [formatted] FAT32/NTFS Drive?

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Is there like EasyRecovery for Linux? Free open source command-line based software strongly preferred.Expecting something like:

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Recovery in progress...
~ILE1.TXT -> dir/XILE1.TXT


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General :: Recovery Of Overwritten File?

Nov 16, 2010

Is there any way to recover an overwritten linux file? I uncompresed a tar file which overwrote some of my files. I read somewhere you can umount your home directory.

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General :: Group Permissions Getting Overwritten By Owner?

Apr 9, 2010

A colleague of mine has a Linux box (running Debian I believe) with an SVN repository on it. The repository directory and files 'owner' is my colleauge. We are both members of a group called 'users'. He manages several projects both Linux and Windows apps, while I have one Windows app. For the Windows apps, we both use TortoiseSVN via an SSH link to commit/update. Performing the command 'ls -l' shows the repository files and folders on the Linux box to have the following permissions:

-rwxrwx--- john users

However, when my colleauge commits to the repository, the permissions change to:

-rwxrwx--- john john

This then means I get 'Permission denied' when trying to access the repository myself as it appears that the group permissions have been overwritten with only 'owner' permissions. To fix this, a 'chown -R' command is applied to the files/folders to set the permissions back to owner/group, but each time he writes to the repository, the issue repeats.

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General :: Recovering Ubuntu After Filesystem Was Overwritten Using Dd

Sep 21, 2011

I had an Ubuntu installation on my laptop, on an encrypted LVM (this was /dev/sda1).

I was planning to write an Arch Linux image to my USB drive (/dev/sdc1), following this guide - [URL] USB_Installation_Media#Overwrite_the_USB_drive. Instead, I accidentally overwrote my Ubuntu by using

dd if=archlinux.iso of=/dev/sda

Is there any hope of recovering my Ubuntu installation, or is it totally hopeless, and I rather recover as much data as possible?

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General :: Data Recovery For Overwritten Partition

Jun 27, 2010

While attempting to install FC12, Anaconda took it upon itself to overwrite the partition on my backup disk. Now I need to figure out if there's a way to get at least some of my data back. If there's a better place for this question, please let me know and I will happily move it. Using Linux since 1993, other Unixoid systems since 1986. I bought this machine back in 2004 or so. It was a pretty decent machine back then, but it's showing its age now: 370Mb of RAM, 2 hard disks with 80Gb and 120Gb (I don't think the other specs are relevant, but just let me know if I'm wrong). In a fit of insanity, I decided to install Gentoo on it. Don't get me wrong: I love certain things about Gentoo. But the constant fiddling that's required, while it can be fun at first, gets old kinda quick.

So various and sundry things have been going wrong with it here and there (CD-ROM, sound card, etc ad infinitum), and, finally, it wouldn't even load X any more (almost certainly some final Gentoo update which broke something) and I said "screw it, I'll just put Fedora on it." This is what I use at work, and plus I have a good friend who has far more patience with admin stuff than I do and Fedora is what he knows. So, last night, I pick up an FC12 CD that I have lying around and decide to finally just reinstall the whole thing. I went so far as to buy myself a Passport USB drive, 319Gb, and have been backing up up all my stuff very regularly to that drive. I go through one final cycle of backing up and verifying before I start the reinstall.

So my drive is solid, and contains everything I could possibly need (and probably quite a bit of stuff I don't). After booting into FC12, I used Palimpsest to explore the partitions on the existing hard disks. Not sure which was which, I mounted the Passport, where I have cleverly saved a copy of my fstab. Using this, I can see which of my partitions were /boot, /, /home, etc. Most of my personal data has been put into separate partitions so that I could reinstall without blowing away the data. I hope that I can do that there, but, if I can't, no matter: I have a backup. I find some bits of empty space and delete a few of the partitions and recreate them, consolidating the empty space. Still confident in my backup, of course.

So I run Anaconda. Nothing happens. Eventually, I figure out that it won't run the graphical interface because I don't have enough memory. I can use the text version, no biggie. It gets to the part about the disks. I tell it which hard disk to install itself onto. For some reason I think it's going to pop up and ask me about the existing partitions and whether I want to keep them or rewrite them (maybe that's a previous version of Anaconda? or a different installer altogether, who can remember). It does not. It babbles something at me about LVM (which I've personally never really used before), and then promptly locks up. Obviously standard Fedora on a low-RAM machine like this is doomed to failure.

I poke around on the Internet, and I eventually stumble on the Fedora "spins" and select FC13/LXDE. Hopefully this will have better luck. Reboot with the new CD, take a look at my hard disks. It has completely overwritten the old partitions, replacing them with LVM partitions. But not a big deal: I have a backup. Take a look at the Passport. Its ext2 filesys has also been replaced with an LVM partition. Proceed to beat head against wall. So, obviously what happened is, since I (foolishly) had the backup drive mounted at the time I ran Anaconda, it assumed I wanted it to take over that drive as well, and just formatted everything it could lay hands on as LVM. It certainly never asked me my opinion on the matter.

But, fine, I shouldn't have had it mounted. The question is, what do I do now? My first, panicked instinct, was to just set the partition type back to 83 (I believe LVM is 8E), which I did (using cfdisk). That might have made it worse; I dunno. But I'm pretty sure I haven't written anything else to the disk since then. I've tried testdisk (nothing useful; although it can seemingly find the underlying deleted partition, it won't actually do anything with it), and a bevvy of Windows Linux recovery programs (Stellar Phoenix, DiskInternals, Raise, and R-Linux), all of which were completely useless except for R-Linux, which scanned the disk for eight hours and was still going when I had to interrupt it (I may come back to that one, but so far it doesn't look too promising).

My primary problem is that I can't make an image of the disk because this little Passport is the biggest hard drive in the house. I would certainly feel better if I could image everything off it and then play with the image. But, of course, it doesn't matter that very little of that 319Gb was actually being used: I still need 319Gb worth of space to make an image. I ordered another (larger) Passport, which should be here Wed. Once I have that I believe I can do something like so:
dd ifs=/dev/sdX ofs=/mnt/bigpassport/smallpassport.img bs=512
Right? Then I can muck about with that image in some amount of safety.

Of course, I also have the original hard drives, which are not so large. testdisk can identify the original partitions on those too, but, again, won't actually do anything with them. If I could find something that would image just the partitions I care about, I could probably save those as well, but I don't have any other external hard drives with 120Gb of space free. Can I somehow take the info that testdisk is giving me about those original partitions and use dd to get only that part of the image? Are there other recovery tools I haven't considered? I have a Windows (Win7) laptop, a Linux laptop (FC10, I think), although its power cord is flaky so it's not too reliable, a smaller Mac, a really old Windows box (XP on it, I think), and this formerly-Linux box, which I can only boot off CD's at this point. There's nothing on this disk worth the 500 bux that professional data recovery would charge me, but it's worth a day or two of my life to try to get at least some of it back.

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