Ubuntu :: Recover Files After Formatted Drive To NTFS With Windows
Apr 3, 2011
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 formatted a thumb drive on Windows (not quick format) that contains files I need (video files). Unfortunately, my attempt to recover them with both PhotoRec and TestDisk failed: neither of them found the files. I know they are still there because I scanned it with some Windows software (File Scavenger) and it detected them. I'd like to try to do this with Linux, to figure out how to do it, and save money at the same time.
I have purchased a DLink Sharecenter Pulse NAS as my PC failed. I wanted to put the two SATA drives in and extract the data before formatting to use as JBOD or RAID. However, before I managed to access my data, the setup software started formatting the drives. I switched it off immediately.
Purchased a SATA to USB2 lead and connected to my work laptop but I cannot see the drive(s). Used Partition Magic and each drive has 3 partitions - of which show about 74GB as used and 2 x 512MB as not. Looks like the drives have been partly set for Linux but the format was not comlete. Have tried to use explore2fs to read them but I cannot access the 74 GB partition only one of the 512MB partitions.
I'm a bit stuck now - any one got any ideas how I can get my files off the 74GB partition before I put them back in the NAS to format.
I have a laptop with Fedora 12 on it and I accidentally did an dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda (since then I learned to think before I type) anyway, I stopped it in time (I hope), it only zeroed first 60 MB. So, it killed partition table and boot partition. What I need is home partition, and it should be untouched. home is on a LVM device (fedora default install settings), and I tried testdisk (supposedly handles LVM) but it found only one partition (I guess it's a LVM physical device, as there should be 3 partitions, /, /home and swap) and said it's not recoverable.
Is there a way to get access to files on that partition (partition itself, including file table should be untouched). Partition contains various data (video, audio, and text) I need back (and it's my data, not backed up, and not something I can redownload). Is there any software that can help me with this, and if not, is it theoretically doable (I believe it should be, as the partition itself is not damaged, so it should be possible to read file names and link them with data on disk, am I right)? what is a good way to image the disk, so I can reinstall the laptop while trying to rescue data from image?
So I currently have OSX and Windows 7 install on my hardrive - I would like to add 10.04 in the mix, however it will not let me resize my Windows partition because it does not recognize it as ntfs. It will not let me mount it via cli or gui and gparted will only offer to remove the partition - not resize.
I have 3 drives in my computer. I installed Fedora 11 on my two biggest one, with the LVM treating them as one single drive. I attempted to install XP on my last drive. As I was installing, I selected my third drive (I'm 100% sure it is the correct drive as it is an 80gb whilst the others are 120 and 200 respectively) and told it to delete the partition on that drive and format. After I did that, it started to format, starting with my 120! I'm fairly sure that it was merely a quick format, as it only took 5-10 seconds for it to format, and that my data is still there. Is there any way to recover my "lost" data, or did I just really screw myself over?
Last night I made the mistake of formatting my media drive. Before the format, it was ext4. then I formatted it to ext4 again because I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing(this mistake only gets made once). Now im looking for away to recover any/all of my data. The drive in question is 1tb. I have not written any new files to this drive.
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.
There were some files residing on my ext3 file system, using Ubuntu as my linux distribution. Yesterday I formatted the hard drive using a windows install CD, rewriting it with a new NTFS partition. I'm willing to restore my personal files deleted due to this format.
I am an Ubuntu refugee. Allow me to explain what happened. I am dual booting with Windows 7 and F15 x64.
(1) I wanted to created a shortcut of my "Documents" folder in my Windows in Nautilus (2) I opened the Windows drive by double clicking the drive under Devices, and navigated to my "Documents" folder (F15 already has ntfs-3g installed so no hassles there) (3) I then dragged the folder to the sidebar to place it under the Trash icon--but for some reason, it would not let me do this, and accidentally got placed in the Trash bin. (4) problem is I can't see this folder in the Trash bin (it is not even hidden) (5) To check if the Trash bin actually captures items when we move files/folders to Trash, I tried sending a folder from my Home directory to Trash, and the folder appears in the Trash; it can even be restored to Home. (6) Only files/folders from the NTFS formatted Windows drive do not appear in the Trash folder if sent there. (7) I have Google searched this problem, but to no avail. (8) I even thought that because the drive is not mounted 'officially' I would mount it using command line:
(9) But still I can't see the folders in the Trash (10) Interestingly, when I try to unmount the Windows drive 'formally' then I get a message if I want to "empty the Trash"--I obviously chose not to--so I know there is my Windows Documents folder in there somehere.
I had a perfectly working Western Digital 250GB external usb hdd about 30 minutes ago. It has about 130GB of data I spent 3 hours copying to it yesterday from my Ubuntu laptop. Just to test it, I plugged it into an older Windows XP machine, and it seemed to work just fine. Then I tried to do the "Safely Remove Hardware" thing. It told me that it could not remove the external drive because another program was accessing it. So okay, I just wait a minute or two. Try again -- same thing. Tried it several more times, waiting a minute or two between each try -- same thing. Then suddenly a message pops up -- cannot write to drive. I also get another error: drive is corrupt, run chkdsk utility. Makes no sense. I was accessing files from the drive from within Windows just fine minutes before.
So since it won't "unmount safely", I just unplug it (probably a mistake, but I didn't see that I had any other choice at the moment), then try mounting it using a LiveCD of Puppy Linux -- Puppy will not mount it, just gives an error but no details.
My Ubuntu laptop, however, is no longer usable -- after I copied the 130GB of files I wanted to save to my external hdd, I attempted an upgrade of Ubuntu. It hosed. I'm still on that Puppy Linux LiveCD right now as I type.
So then. I KNOW this external hdd should be recoverable. I didn't do anything to it except let Windows screw up its ability to be mounted/unmounted, somehow. But I do not know how to go about trying to rescue it. What are the tools I should use? Is there something I can download somewhere that I can burn to a bootable CD or something that can fix a broken NTFS drive/partition? It would almost have to be something bootable at this point since I don't know how to install anything new on Puppy. Wasn't there an "Ultimate Linux Bootable Rescue CD" or something like that a while back? I can't remember it's exact name now.
If worst comes to worst, I suppose I could always reformat the external hdd and then copy the files over to it again. I still have all my files on my laptop's hard drive and Puppy can see them -- the Ubuntu upgrade I attempted did not overwrite all my stuff. But....I would just rather avoid having to spend another 3 hours or more today doing that. All my files are already on the external....I just want to fix it so that I can see them again.
I have installed ubuntu on my notebook, and there are 4 partitons in the hdd, all are NTFS, only one is ext4.
the problem is i deleted some hidden folders(in ubuntu which are not hidden, such as recyclebin and file information table folders) in ntfs partitions, now i need to reinstall the windows 7 back, i have a doubt that even windows will ever recognize those partitions again?
Is there any way to make windows recognise my second hard drive (Which is fully exclusive to ubuntu) and access it? Iv'e been getting a few BSOD's since installing ubuntu and I'm pretty sure it's because windows keeps trying to access it and failing.
I have a 60 GB Hitachi hard drive and a Rosewill drive enclosure. The drive originally ran Ubuntu on my laptop. I reformated a couple of times with a different formats and it works in Ubuntu. However, Win XP and Windows 7 reads and loads the enclosure but the drive never mounts nor is it visible in explorer.
I am new to ubuntu. I was on windows 7 32 bit, computer was running slow with viruses and full hard drive so i installed ubuntu 10.10 32 bit as i believe it to be more secure. Before installing Ubuntu OS I made a backup DVD-RW data disk, it had my brothers holiday pics when he went turkey and morroco. Once I installed ubuntu I needed a DVD-RW and quick formatted the wrong disk. Is it possible to recover the data? I've read somewhere that the data is possibly can be recover.
I was docking my laptop wich has 4 or 5 hdd connected and I plugged in a USB stick aswell. I was gonna create a new debian USB but I was to tired to notice I deleted the partition and created a new one on the picture backup hdd and formated I as ext4 and then I dd the image to it. I noises it when the USB did not boot on the other computer and I saw it was the hdd that was containing all the files.
So is it possible to recover all the picture that was formated away and overwritten with dd?
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
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 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.
My colleague needed a backup for some of his loose media, so I assured him I could back it up on our Lab's Lacie 2TB external. His windows partition was incredibly sluggish, so he booted into ubuntu 11.04 and we partitioned and formatted an NTFS volume for him to transfer his stuff to. The format went fine, space was available, and I left him to transfer all of his stuff from his dell studio1555. He finished and reformatted his computer completely.
The NTFS is not recognizable by any of the OS now. Ubuntu sees it as a single partition without any data, whereas before the transfer, the partition map was clearly visible. Windows does not recognize the drive at all. OS X does recognize the partition, but it shows up as an apple_scratch volume, which is quite a bit frightening, considering a scratch volume is essentially blank. To elaborate, all of the files were in his windows partition, and were transferred within a relatively fresh install of ubuntu (not much had been done on it). The partition was made in diskutility in ubuntu (the GUI), but the rest of the drive was HFS+ formatted.
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?