Software :: Live CD To Recover Deleted Files In Windows?
Sep 8, 2010
I just downloaded, burned, and tried the ISO image. only to find out it's not a bootable, live CD, but rather a Windows program, ie. it requires booting into Windows and running it from the CD, which is not a good idea since the first thing to do in this case is to quit the OS to prevent it from using those newly available sectors to write new data. can a Linux-based live CD try and recover files recently deleted in an NTFS partition?
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.
Deleted a whole bunch of files, I have backed it up but it was from about 2 weeks ago and as I had added loads of stuff in the meantime I urgently need to recover the files.Ubuntu 9.10. Any and every file recovery program you know please.Preferably one that allows me to recover an entire directory, not just individual files, but it'll be fine if that is it.
Yesterday I accidentaly deleted all files from my desktop (with rm). Now I am looking for way how to recover them.
I tried to use scalpel to recover them which found many files (more than 800000 zip files). I stopped the process cause It would take ages. I would like to recover files only from desktop folder. Is this possible?
I moved a few files from a directory in my home directory structure to the KDE trash folder, and then deleted them from the trash folder. About a minute later I regretted this, and now I'd like to see if there's any way to recover the files. First, are there any good utilities for restoring accidentally deleted files? If so, where would I look for these files? Does the KDE trash config file actually correspond to a physical directory somewhere, or do the files just remain hidden in their original location?
I wiped out 60% of my VirtualBox .vdi files on one of my partions. The file sizes ranged from 3gb to 9gb files. (I did have some backups but 4 months ago). Needless to say I'll be backing my files up more often (especially my Virtual Image .vdi files). So here are the steps...: [ Look, I know it seems like allot of steps, but its worth it in the end!!]
(By the way, these are all ext3 filesystems, I would imagine you could recover fat32 [windows} type filesystems too, but I just did this under Linux filesystems) 1--> If you've found yourself deleted any files, try to unmount the partition. ( In my case it was an external 2 1/2 hard drive, command used to unmount is sudo umount /dev/sda3)
1b--> If you only have one partition, then I'd suggest shutting down your computer and putting a Live CD in it (preferably the Ubuntu Live CD).
2--> Whether 1 or 1b applies to you, install ext3grep from Synaptic or any package manager. (if you had to reboot via a live CD, make sure you unmount the partition that has the deleted files.(example umount /dev/sda1 or in my case it was umount /dev/sda3). If you're on the LiveCD of Ubuntu, I believe it will let you install the ext3grep package using Synaptic Package manager and it will put it in RAM under the Live Desktop Session.
3--> Now here's the important part before you proceed any further. If the partition that has the deleted files is taking up 30gb (yes 30gb used space), then you have to mount an existing partition GREATER than 30gb ***FREE*** SPACE. I happened to have another partition /media/sda7 already mounted that had 50 gb free.
So at this point, you must go to any directory under your (recovery partition, i'm referring to my 50gb partition /media/sda7). To do this, run the command cd /media/sda7, now you're in your (recovery partition). You can make a new directory if you want, or just use any existing directory on the /media/sda7 partition. (I made a directory something like mkdir ./Yikes ) So I get into the directory by cd /media/sda7/Yikes then run the following command....:
ext3grep --restore-all /dev/sda3
4--> ***Keep in mind, you just ran that command from the /media/sda7/Yikes directory on your recovery partition. ***This will create a folder called "RESTORED_FILES" under/in the Yikes Directory.*** The ext3grep command you just submitted will try to recover every single file on that partition that has the deleted files (i.e. /dev/sda3). There is a way to restore single files and their paths, but I got frustrated and just did a full restore.
5--> Depending on the partition size and number of files, it could take 30 minutes to 2 hours or more before you start to see messages in the terminal screen saying "Restored file... Abc.txt or sam.jpg". Let it finish!!! At first you will see it saying "Group 1, Group 2 and crazy characters going across the screen, that's normal." You know it's begining the actual restore process when you start to see "Restored file...".
6--> At this point you can open a DIFFERENT terminal screen and do cd /media/sda7/Yikes/RESTORED_FILES to see the files being restored under the various directories. This does work because I was able to restore at least 25gb worth of files. Again, file sizes ranged from 3gb to 9gb!!
7--> Final step when the 1st terminal screen is done restoring the files, you can either open them up from the /media/sda7/Yikes/RESTORED_FILES directory to check them out, or you can copy them back to where they were deleted before. BUT I WOULD SAY TO MAKE A BACKUP OF THE RESTORED FILES, or keep the restored files in the /media/sda7 partition.
-->Again, I did a "ext3grep --restore-all /dev/sda3" command from the partition that had plenty of free space (i.e. 50gb) to restore the 30 gb worth of deleted files (and that ext3grep --restore-all /dev/sda3 command was run in the following directory /media/sda7/Yikes ).
-->Remember to unmount the /dev/sda3 partition (i.e. the partition that has the deleted files). DO NOT MOUNT /devs/sda3 when running the ext3grep --restore-all command. The ext3grep documentation states you don't want to write anything to that partition because you run the risk of writing over files or directories that could be recovered.
-->This ext3grep utility saved me Big Time!! 4 to 5 months of work restored because of this utility. You can get it from Synaptic Package Manger searching for ext3grep.
I am using CentOS 5.5.I suppose this is an oft repeated question. I accidentally deleted, using rm command, 2 wmv files. The files were in a single ext3 1Tb drive, with just 1 partition --- the ext3 one. Each file is 600 - 800mb. The 1Tb drive has only about 20Gb data.Immediately after deleting the files i unmounted the drive (/dev/sdc1). Thereafter i searched the the net and came to know of the recovery tools foremost and photorec. I have installed both of them. I am currently running both of them as root --- foremost is just showing a lot of * signs on the terminal and photorec has managed to find some txt and png files --- but no wmv.For foremost i used: /usr/sbin/foremost -t wmv -i /dev/sdc1For photorec i followed some instructions available on the web.
In the meantime, based on some post on the net i ran debugfs as root, then cd into the directory where the files were deleted. Then on typing ls -d i managed to get the inodes of the 2 deleted files and the names of the deleted files are also correct. The instructions on the net http://www.theavidcoder.com/?p=3 tell me to run fsstat and dls both of which i am unable to find in /bin, /usr/bin, /usr/sbin and /sbin. So i am unable to proceed further.
i specifically told ubuntu to install alongside my operation system (windows) and instead it installed over windows and deleted all the other partitions... i had 200gb of data that i completely lost is there anyway to recover this data?
I cannot boot into by Ubuntu 9.1 machine.... Trying either GUI or rescue mode gives me the following error messages (which i copied by hand since they were in cli)
Code: mount : mounting /dev/disk/by-uuid/64e5cb0d-058a-4a4c-af4b-7afb6427a72e3 on root failed : invalid argument
mount : mounting /sys on /root/sys failed : no such file or directory mount : mounting /dev on /root/dev failed : no such file or directory mount : mounting /proc on /root/proc failed : no such file or directory
Target doesnt have /sbin/init The only thing i remember doing before this is deleting some bootloader files... but they were on another disk so I didn't think that it would affect my ubuntu install. Guess I was wrong how I can recover my system?
A recent update messed up my Ubuntu (actually Xubuntu) laptop, and so I want to recover a few important files off of it before reinstalling the OS.I cannot boot into Ubuntu on my hard drive, so I put in one of my Live CDs, but couldn't figure out how to get the files from my hard drive.I googled the problem, but all the solutions talked about recovering Windows files with a Live CD.I need to recover my files that were in Ubuntu
I haven't run into this with ubuntu before. I am trying to recover some files from a damaged hard drive and when I try to use the no change to computer option I get to a log in screen. But, I don't have a user name or a password at that point.
Mi friend's PC is messed up and her windows doesn't boot anymore. She doesn't have any other OS on the PC.SO I thought I could recover her HD files using Ubuntu wth live cd. I put the CD in and I tried but I can't mount the HD because it says "NTFS is marked to be in use".How can I force the mount? Can I do it even if it's from an Ubuntu live CD?
I put dual OS in my desktop. One is XP, and another one is RedHat EL5. when i installed EL5 in my system, the XP content and my personal files gone. XP is in D drive and EL5 in E drive. My personal files are in C & F drive. Now I would like to recover C & F drive files.
I tried to to install Kubuntu on a usb port to make it portable. I used my buddies laptop and when the program asked if i wanted to erase the Hard drive I made it erase the USB port and install on there. When I was finished windows would no load up from the Hard drive on the Laptop and the message I got was a code and grub rescue. How can I recover Windows with out erasing the files?
I accidentally formatted a drive that was ext4 to NTFS in Windows (using quick format only). I tried TestDisk, it does find a deleted partition but doesn't seem to find any files or be able to recover anything. Is there any way I can recover the files?
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.
I recently tried to install Ubuntu 10.10 on to my Windows 7 computer so that I could dual-boot it. I didn't want to mess about with partitioning and the lot so I just clicked Install inside Windows, assuming that it would install it and I wouldn't have to do anything. But after it installed I noticed that it had deleted all of my files and my Windows OS. I am wondering whether there is a way that I could retrieve my files, or if somebody could post some instructions so that this doesn't happen again.