General :: Partitions Deleted From Machine And External Drive

Apr 15, 2010

I was installing Linux Debian on a machine and my usb external drive (320 GB) was attached with it (It was on NTFS that time). During installation I deleted all the partitions from machine and from my external drive. Can I recover the data from this drive?

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Software :: Deleted Partition Now External Drive Not Mounting

Mar 27, 2010

My brother has an external hard drive that has some personal data on it that he doesn't want to lose. He was reinstalling windows on his machine and deleted both the partition on his internal drive and on his external drive. He installed windows on his internal drive only though. I want to be able to reaccess that data from the drive. All the data should still be on the drive since so write cycles have been done to overwrite it.

I guess deleting the partition removed the partition table or something so the drive doesnt mount. I would prefer to use linux (but windows is ok too) and a free as in beer tool preferably. there are normal recovery tools (I have used get data back before) that scan for any files anywhere that has been overwritten but I don't really need things that have been overwritten; just the data that is still there but not availible because it cant be mounted.

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Ubuntu :: External Hard Drive Partitions?

Jan 3, 2010

So I recently got a WD MyPassport external hdd with 500gb capacity. I formatted it to NTFS so that it would be more efficient transferring data between my Ubuntu and Win7 dual boot. But now I want know if it is possible for me to create a 100gb FAT32 partition on the external without destroying the data on it.

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General :: Deleted All The Partitions In The HDD?

Jun 4, 2010

Me bought a Dell Inspiron, the HDD was 320, Me tried to install Slackware. Me first deleted every partition using GParted, created a Linux partition and then a swap partition, apparently there was nothing at all in the HDD, and then I installed Slackware 13.1 smoothly,

and next thing that happened was when I turned on my laptop on for the first time, it gave me a dual-boot. Windows or Linux? and when I logged onto the Windows, out of curiousity, it told me it does not have any file. I deleted all the partitions again using GParted. and then I turned on. It still gave me the dual-boot screen. It feels as though the MBR did not get deleted when I deleted all the partitions in the HDD.

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General :: Deleted /opt Directory From Machine ?

Jun 8, 2010

I deleted /opt directory from my Linux machine , will there be any reboot problem for machine?

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Ubuntu :: Use The External Drive To Plug Into Any Machine And Run By Just Changing The Needed Bios Mods In That System

Jun 17, 2011

I was just thinking about installing an operating system like ubuntu or ubuntu server on an external harddrive. this being possible , i would like to know if we can use the external drive to plug into any machine and run my ubuntu by just changing the needed bios mods in that system. and without further having to install the necessary hardware specific devices into my os.

Because each machine would have its own hardware set, how would the os handle it or would it have to install the necessary drivers and so on everytime it comes across a different system from the immediate previous hardware it was used with. and i know this was why laptops were invented even maybe to have that portability to use with but this without a laptop, just an external hard drive that can make up and help us use the hardware at hand with ease without any installations of any kind.

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General :: Remove Virtual Machine And Deleted VM Folder From Hd?

Sep 21, 2011

I want to remove Virtual Machine and I have deleted VM folder from hd. It's still shown in the VirtualBox GUI but the settings are grayed out.

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General :: Deleted Virtual Machine With Critical Data

Jan 18, 2011

I deleted by accident a folder containing a VMware server virtual machine, that contains most critical information. The host OS is CentOS 5.5, which I believe by default uses Ext3.I shut down the PC intermediately after noticing this.Is there any chance of recovering the files? Would they be able to mount to the same or another virtual machine?I need to get this information somehow, there are no backups.

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General :: Created 2 Partitions In 1TB External Hdd?

Mar 31, 2011

I have 1TB of USB drive in which i have created 2*500gb partitions and i want to use it in linux-5 on single mount point with 2partitions.

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Ubuntu :: Deleted Files On USB Drive Not Actually Deleted?

Jun 7, 2010

I searched the forum with various terms and didn't find anything, so my apologies if this is a common and/or newbie problem.It seems that when I have a USB driveplugged in to switch the files around, those that I delete are still taking up space. I first noticed it with a Chinese MP3 player and thought it was the player being crappy. I could still play all the songs that were supposedly gone. Today, I noticed it with a little thumb drive that I've had for years. I plugged it into my husband's computer running winXP, and the files showed up in a weird, unusable form. I was able to delete them for real.

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General :: Operate NTFS Partitions From The OS On The Same Machine?

Jul 15, 2010

i have a window xp////on the same machine i installed linux mint9.....mostly i am using linux mint9.....i want to operate my NTFS (Window XP) Partitions from linux mint9..

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General :: Bunch Of Utilities Running On Machine - Where To Start Because Of Existing Partitions

Jul 17, 2010

I have been given Toshiba Tecra S11 with windows 7 running on it to install Ubuntu 10.04. Toshiba has a bunch of utilities running on the machine set up as dev/sda1, dev/sda, dev/sda3 and dev/sda4. I do not know where to start because of these existing partitions.

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Fedora :: Deleted Partitions From The Terminal?

Aug 9, 2009

I'm trying to install windows xp on a hard drive that has fedora installed. When I booted the windows xp cd, it would get stuck on a blank black screen after displaying the words ""Setup is inspecting your hardware configuration."I searched for that problem and the solution to it seemed to be to clear the mbr. I tried doing that in fedora from the terminal using: dd if=/dev/null of=/dev/sda1 bs=446 count=1That didn't work. I kept getting this message:0+0 records in0+0 records out0 bytes (0 B) copied, 2.2978e-05 s, 0.0 kB/sAt this point, I backed up all my data in fedora thinking that I would delete the fedorainstallation and start anew with xp and then reinstall fedora.

I had an old slackware cd around that I thought I could use to run fdisk from and delete the partitions for fedoraen I did that I found that it wouldn't recognize anypartitions. I kept trying to print out the partition table and it would display nothing.But I can view the partition table when I run fdisk from the terminal in fedoraUnfortunately I lost the cds I used to install fedora long ago and I don't have any blank cds that I could write isos to. So, my question is would there be any disastrous consequences if I deleted the fedora partitions from the terminal while running fedora?

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Ubuntu :: Accidentally Deleted Partitions?

Dec 25, 2010

I've a little experience about Ubuntu. I'm using Ubuntu with Windows 7 as dual boot for 1 year. Three days ago I decided to upgrade my Ubuntu version to 10.10. I've created a live version of installer on my USB stick and I've successfully logged into live version.After some time I clicked install and accidentally I gave a command like install Ubuntu to all hard drive. Installer have given error and denied to continue but it has removed the partitioning records from hard drive. So as you guessed everything within hard drive have got unreadable everything until here is the story part. I've written in order to inform the reader.

After a few hours of searching around, I've discovered a miracle called Testdisk. Following the instructions carefully I've managed to return partitions except the System Allocated space of Windows 7 which exists on the starting 100MB of memory. But I'm able to see my files within C: drive of Windows 7Then my problem has became logging into Windows. Somehow I skip following the instructions on the website of Testdisk and I've used the command called 'Write TestDisk MBR code to first sector' so at that moment my first sector was the C: drive of Windows 7 where OS was originally installed and where my files are kept. So I cannot see the files within C: because the starting bytes set to something else and I want to undo what I've done so far.

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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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General :: Grant Regular User To Locally Mount Partitions And Shutdown The Machine Without A Password?

May 28, 2011

What I'm trying to do is to grant my regular user to locally mount partitions and shutdown the machine without a password. Here is what I've done to /etc/sudoers:


Host_Alias LOCAL = localhost
Cmnd_Alias SHUTDOWN = /sbin/shutdown
Cmnd_Alias MOUNT = /bin/mount, /bin/umount
<my_username> LOCAL=(root) NOPASSWD: SHUTDOWN, MOUNT
%wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL

My user is a member of wheel group and I want to type the password for each sudo command except for shutdown and mount. However I am asked for a password whenever I execute "sudo mount [...]" or "sudo shutdown [...]".

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

Aug 22, 2011

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

$ fat32_recovery --some-arcane-options dump.img dir/
Recovery in progress...
~ILE1.TXT -> dir/XILE1.TXT


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Dec 28, 2009

I have Installed windows 7 over windows xp in the first partition (primary) and I lost linux partitions and there are two ntfs partitions didn't deleted.want to recover linux partiotns becose they have important data ,or recover files from deleted partitions.used opensuse DVD trying to recover grub but it says there are no linux partitions.

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Mar 19, 2011

None of my daemon scripts work now, and the startup process displayed errors. Should I reinstall the OS and start from scratch, or is there a way to recover these files? Is there a way to rebuild the files I deleted?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Over Windows And Deleted All The Other Partitions - Recover Data?

Oct 24, 2010

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?

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Ubuntu :: Deleted Everything On External Hd

Mar 23, 2010

So the other day I was trying to repartition my external hard drive and somehow accidentally wiped the whole thing out. I tried using testdisk to restore it and I thought I did ok but know when I try to mount the hd i get the following error

Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 1: helper failed with:

[mntent]: line 10 in /etc/fstab is bad
mount: /dev/sdb1: can't read superblock

I don't know much about editing things like this so I downloaded storage device manager in hopes of automatically editing my fstab, which no says:

system information.
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0


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Ubuntu :: Bootable USB Drive Deleted OS On Hard Drive And Replaced It?

Aug 26, 2010

I just booted one of my computers from a usb drive I had installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS to, and when I booted it up on that computer, it worked fine. Then, when I powered down the computer and booted it back up to the main hard drive, it booted to the same that my flash drive was running, but my flash drive was not plugged in!! How is this possible? Did it copy itself over my other operating system? There is no trace of it. By the way, that, too, was ubuntu 10.04.

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General :: Creating Image Of Drive Partitions

Jan 6, 2011

I have what I thought was a simple task of creating ISO images of my Windows 7 system partion and boot partiton (the C drive) on my physical hard drive that I could use to load Windows 7 onto a virtual machine. Anyway, I'm running Ubuntu off the CD drive and I can see my drive partions (checked using the fdisk -l command). I have tried many iterations of the mkisofs command, but no matter what I do I get the error message: unable to open disk image file 'dev/sdb/win7sys.iso'. I don't understand why it's trying to open an ISO file it is supposed to be creating. The -o FILE option sets the output file name, so the message makes no sense to me. Below is an example of a simple and longer version with more options that I have tried to create an image of my sytem partiton (sda1) and save it on an external drive (sdb) with the file name: win7sys.iso (the next step I think would be to create or merge both partition images as one iso file for the VM). But I can't get past this error.

Can anybody tell me what I'm doing wrong?

sudo mkisofs -o dev/sdb/win7sys.iso /dev/sda1

sudo sudo mkisofs -input-charset iso8859-1 -V win7sys -o dev/sdb/win7sys.iso /dev/sda1

* Note that the output after the -o parameter is the desired destination /dev/sdb (my external drive) for the image file and /dev/sda1 is my Windows 7 system or boot partition (sda2 is what Windows sees as the C drive).

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General :: Deleting Hidden Partitions On USB Drive

Feb 19, 2010

I recently bought a Buffalo 500GB ministation usb with "optional disk encryption". Turns out, I'm having one hell of a time trying to remove the "optional" from the drive. I figured I could just delete the program that is on the disk, and go on my way. That doesn't seem to be the case.

fdisk /dev/sdc1, then "p" showed that there were 4 partitions. So I deleted them one by one. "n" gave me a new partition. "t" I used 87 because I will be using it on windows. Then "w" to write everything.
mkfs -t ntfs /dev/sdc1 - all went well.
fsck -f -y /dev/sdc1 - all went well

Then I took the removed the drive and plugged into Windows only to find that the "optional" is still there. It actually creates a virtual drive with the "optional" software. So I tried it over again. I tried fdisk only to see that the partitions were back (as if they were never removed). I removed them again, and used primary partition as linux and wrote to disk. As a hunch, I checked permissions. Can't remember what it said, but I did change them.

chmod 777 /dev/sdc1

Then in a last hope of desperation, before coming to work today, I decided to dd the drive.
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdc1 bs=4k conv=notrunc
Is it possible that the "optional" stuff is actually hard coded onto a chip, or something inside the drive and I may never get rid of it?

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Software :: Ubuntu Installed On External Hard Drive, Can't Startup Without External Hard Drive?

Jan 14, 2009

I have 2 ubuntu's: 1 on my ineternal hard drive, 1 on my external

When I startup without my ext drive =>GRUB error 21.

And when I plug it in I can choose: the standard ubuntu kernel is the one on my external, and the original one is listed under other...

I'd like to be able to startup without external hard drive and make the ubuntu on my internal drve the standard.

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OpenSUSE Install :: Deleted A Couple Of Partitions As Per Someones Recommendation And Reinistalled Suse?

Feb 5, 2011

Ive dualboot Win Vista and Opensuse on a 320GB hard drive. I had some partitioning problems in the past so Ive deleted a couple of partitions as per someones recommendation and reinistalled suse if this set up ok?fdisk -l

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 1275 10240000 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)


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Jan 25, 2010

I got a dell inspiron 1501 laptop with a 80Gb sata drive what is the best solution to add data storage space for someone that love to have multiples operating systems at hand Note: I use mostly linux so I won't need to change my laptop for many years maybe ...

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Mar 8, 2011

Is Ubuntu like windows and can you download Ubuntu to a flash drive or external hard drive and if so what kind?

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Mar 30, 2011

I deleted a conifg file on an external hardrive that I'm trying to recover but it did not go to ubuntu trash can. Where did it go to?

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Software :: Deleted Virtual Machine With Critical Data

Jan 18, 2011

I deleted by accident a folder containing a VMware server virtual machine, that contains most critical information. The host OS is CentOS 5.5, which I believe by default uses Ext3.I shut down the PC intermediately after noticing this.Is there any chance of recovering the files? Would they be able to mount to the same or another virtual machine?I need to get this information somehow, there are no backups.Which software can I use?

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