Ubuntu :: Using TestDisk To Recover Lost Partitions?

Nov 16, 2010

I had 10.04 installed in parallel with a bad windows OS. Used the 10.04 to pull the documents, pics, etc off of windows. Worked great. Then when I tried to delete the windows partition it screwed grub up an instead of just re-installing grub. I re-installed ubuntu, what the heck it was gonna get wiped anyway. I didn't back up the pics and documents. I did however have them in all the ubuntu folders for my pics etc.

I feel like total crap, anyway, how good of a chance do I have at getting something back with testdisk? After doing a "deeper search" I come up with multiple partitions but it won't let me restore all of them. I really dont care if I can't boot to a single one, just as long as I can get the data back. (always can use a live CD).

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Jan 21, 2010

I was using testdisk to recover one of my lost partition and when I rebooted my system it says , "error unknown filesystem ".I am giving a screenshot of gparted

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My main partition having all my data like movies, music, files,etc has become inaccessible. Its file system was NTFS. Due to some recent resizing using GParted, the partition as well as my WIndows 7 OS has become unbootable due to some errors. The data partition's file system has become unknown. I don't care much about the OS but I would like to recover my drive. I am trying to achieve this using Testdisk and Photorec but haven't met with much success so far. The main problem is I can see my partition and all my files through Testdisk but I am not able to copy them to another drive. When I try to copy the option I get is of copying them to the DVD and not to any other partition.

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Feb 21, 2010

I woke up this morning to a non-booting 9.10 computer. After my grub screen disappears, I get the familiar Ubuntu b/w logo in the center of my screen. My hard drive cranks for an abnormally long time and then I get the following error:

I booted into a live CD and opened up GPARTED and my sdb4 (my /home location) partition shows up. I do a check on it and it seems ok.

I opened the Palimpsest Disk Utility to see what it said and it shows sdb4 as Unknown or Unused. I can not mount this drive using GUI methods.

I did some research on the forums looking to recover lost partitions. here is the output from fsck


and the abbreviated output from fdisk -l


Disk identifier:

This seems ok too.

My next step was to try testdisk. When I ran it, I was able to navigate this partition and apparently see all my files. I then tried to mount the partition manually.


That also worked.

It seems to me that I practically have this thing where I need it without too many worries.

My question is: What is the next step to get this back booting again? I'm afraid of rewriting the partitions in testdisk until I get some feedback on whether this will really solve my problem. Maybe the partition isn't the problem? Is it something else and I've been going down the wrong path?

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Aug 23, 2010

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Aug 30, 2010

I have stupidly and inadvertently formatted my home partition on my other system while trying to 'downgrade' to Ubuntu 9.10. I have isolated the hard drive and am currently using Testdisk to discover the partitions on there. The scan hasn't yet finished however it appears there are two entries of each partition.

Linux 0 1 1 4012 254 57 64468776
Linux 0 1 1 4012 254 57 64468776
Linux 4013 0 1 14032 254 59 160971296
Linux 4013 0 1 14032 254 59 160971296
Linux 9079 0 1 14032 254 61 79586008 [home]
Linux 9079 0 1 14032 254 61 79586008 [home]

When attempting the downgrade, I was wanting to keep the home folder (and root and swap) all at the same size. I am pretty sure I fouled up by trying to revert the file system type to ext3 from ext4. Which partition out of the two 'home' ones, I should be attempting to keep? I cannot see a difference between them but this is how testdisk has reported the drive. Apart from the standard 'back up everything next time' and more fitting for me 'pack up your PC and never use it again!', does anyone have any specific advice on recovering my original home partition?

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Jan 6, 2011

Because a customer of mine is inefficient in doing backups I have to do a recovery if possible. Drive had vista on it and was really bug infested to point of a reload. I reloaded vista from scratch and then my customer says "Oh, I guess I forgot to back those files up...".Is it possible to recover some files even though vista was reloaded? I suppose the basic answer is "As long as they havent been overwritten yet".

Im running testdisk and its made a ton of directories with files in them that I assume it has recovered. Im going to have to write a script I guess to grab the files as there are about 600 directories!I guess what Im asking is 1. What are my chances of success? 2. Has anyone ever recovered files from a vista re-install? 3. Is testdisk the best way of going about it (with photorec).

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Jul 28, 2010

I tried to recover deleted data using testdisk tool and now my partition table have some errors. Even though i have 3 partitions and 1 unallocated disk fdisk -l shows only 1 partition

vishnu@vishnu-laptop:~$ sudo fdisk -l
[sudo] password for vishnu:

WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.

Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x68000000


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Nov 1, 2010

I was running Windows XP SP3 when one of my drives (or partitions) suddenly wasn't accessible. I booted into an old ubuntu Live CD I had (version 8.X) and tried mounting it. I could see the other partitions at this time. I rebooted the machine a couple of times (for normal reasons) and after a particular reboot none of my partitions were present! All seemed to have gone! I didn't do anything except mount the partition from Ubuntu Live CD. Made no write operations .

fdisk -l gives me this:


Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes


to list the files and I get:


Can't open filesystem. Filesystem seems damaged.

I originally had 6 partitions (including my primary). What do I make of the above screen and how do I proceed? Mot of testdisk documentation says "Choose the paritions to recover..." but I do not have a partition. What do I do to recover my data? I don't mind reformatting my entire HDD, but I need to get some jpegs and movie files off it first.

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Jan 12, 2010

I resized my root partition yesterday to make it include the unused 28GB at the end of my drive, but something went wrong and now I can't mount it again.. I think this has to do with the computer coming with Vista preinstalled and the partitions not being aligned to cylinders. This is what the partition table looked like before the resize (according to fdisk):


Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xdec3533c


None of the last two partition schemes works, when I try to mount sda6 I get an error saying that the XFS superblock contains an invalid magic number. I've tried running xfs_repair on it, but even though it found a few secondary superblocks it couldn't verify them. I've tried running testdisk with the "Cylinder boundary" option set to "no", but it would not find my root partition... The log from the search is here I don't really care about the other partitions, all I need is my old root partition so that I can copy all the important stuff to another drive and then start from scratch with a new partition table (and remove the recovery partition aswell since I don't need it).

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Nov 29, 2010

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Aug 2, 2010

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