Originally Posted by Chilly Willy
Do to being pestered at the time, I too, did the thing I normally would NOT have done. Deleted the partition off my backup drive (internal) - but, thank GOD, testdisk brought it all back.
It actually brought back stuff I would have thought was LONG gone on that same drive. Stuff that I blew away (or at least THOUGHT I did) - this also says something about the security of those discarded HD's (or whole computers)
Originally Posted by kyryder
You could try to take the usb drive and put it inside a workstation and see if testdisk can find your old files. testdisk is in the fedora repo. I have used it in the past to recover deleted partitions and files but of course your mileage may very.
You guys are right on the mark.
I wrote the post after 10 hours of fighting with testdisk and seeing no light- but done it at last-- this is how I did it.
the crucial information I was searching I found here
Ext3 saves the backup-superblocks at many places of the filesystem (I really love linux).
1. Using LVM manager removed the logical volume corresponding to the USB partition, and after that removed the volume group.
2. Fired up testdisk as su.
3. navigated to advance> chose the partition, changed the type to 83 and next seached for superblocks- got the supeblock # and blocksize.
4. as root issued fsck.ext3 -y -b <superblock #> -B <block size> /dev/sdb2
5. waited for the program to finish then reconnected the USB drive, all my data was there in the lost+found directory- unbeleiveably sweet, thanks to testdisk and the awsome guys there.