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Old 3rd December 2009, 07:07 AM
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Recovering data from a thumb drive

The following quote is the sad, sad story of a thumb drive with the partition table nuked, as told by a friend of mine:

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Data was recovered from an XP system by booting with a BartPC CD
and copying onto a USB thumb drive. Nothing unusual.

System was rebooted into the XP install CD.

The first drive that was found was the 16gb thumb drive (AKA flash drive)
and the person (re) installing XP didn't catch the fact that XP presented
the 16gb thumb drive instead of the 160gb hard drive.

The drive partition function in XP deleted the partition table - on the
thumb drive.
A freeware utility in Windows shows the data but can't recover the file names, so that everything is gobbledygook. Does anybody know of a utility or program under Linux that can help? I have a laptop running F 12 and can do the work if needed, but don't know what program to use.
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Old 4th December 2009, 12:27 AM
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Did you try testdisk yet? If only the partition table was cleared out, then testdisk may be able to locate the lost partition(s) and reconstruct the partition table. I've never used testdisk for that purpose on a pendrive. But I just examined my Kingston DataTraveler with testdisk, and it appears to treat it like any other drive.

No promises.

When I look at the master boot record of my Kingston DataTraveler with dd+hexdump, it looks like a normal master boot record. The same was true for the boot sector of the one and only partition. The only difference I saw was that the partition begins in sector 8064 instead of the usual 63rd sector for a legacy hard drive. It came to me that way. I've never repartitioned it. That may be normal for a pendrive. I don't know. Anyway, I still believe that testdisk can handle all of that.

P.S.: testdisk is in the Fedora repo.
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Old 4th December 2009, 12:43 AM
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I'm not sure what he's tried, but I'll pass this on to him.
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