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harrisale
31st March 2006, 09:17 PM
Hi everyone, I need urgent help. I previously had a dual boot system, but accidently deleted the volume on my windows hard drive, and now everything is gone! (I am on Fedora now)

This happened using DiskMan, anyway, I did not format the hard drive, just deleted the information on the it (everything).

Is there a linux program I can use to recover the files on that drive, there was some stuff I really need

plz help

thanx

steve1961
31st March 2006, 09:28 PM
There's a data recovery tool called foremost that you can download with yum. No idea how well it works, and if you've deleted the whole volume I'm not that optimistic. But worth giving it a try :rolleyes:

harrisale
31st March 2006, 09:34 PM
know of any dos boot disks or anything that will work? even windows based ones?

steve1961
31st March 2006, 09:44 PM
know of any dos boot disks or anything that will work? even windows based ones?


Here's a link thrown up by google:

http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/Search/data_recovery.html

Ambiguous-69
31st March 2006, 10:41 PM
Hi everyone, I need urgent help. I previously had a dual boot system, but accidently deleted the volume on my windows hard drive, and now everything is gone! (I am on Fedora now)

This happened using DiskMan, anyway, I did not format the hard drive, just deleted the information on the it (everything).

Is there a linux program I can use to recover the files on that drive, there was some stuff I really need

plz help

thanx

There is one way i know off but you need to download and burn the fedora core 4 rescue disk if that is teh linux distro you are using. But can you tell me if the information that was wiped out was just the master boot record that GRUB (the boot loader that lets you selct which operating system you want to boot into) was installed on? Does it juts log into fedora core 4 at boot up?

harrisale
1st April 2006, 12:59 AM
i had 2 hard drives before:

hdd (now wiped) contained windows (mbr and main os)

GRUB still works and I am now on linux

Omega Blue
1st April 2006, 02:30 AM
Er, how did you wipe it?

harrisale
1st April 2006, 04:48 PM
using DiskMan

I've now tried using TestDisk on the Linux RIP CD, and I think I've recovered the partitions, just I can't access them, but an fdisk -l shows that they now exist

terry_g
1st April 2006, 04:59 PM
Hope this helps
www.bootdisk.com has some great tools there are some recovery tools on their utilities page.
http://www.bootdisk.com/utility.htm
Good Luck

harrisale
1st April 2006, 05:03 PM
none of those are free. I need some open source stuff

terry_g
1st April 2006, 05:26 PM
I'm not sure if this is what you are looking for http://www.e-fense.com/helix/
It's a larg download 700megs

harrisale
2nd April 2006, 05:24 AM
Helix seems not to have any recovery tools on it. It need something at least that will let me salvage the important files I need.

PseudoNym
2nd April 2006, 08:15 AM
harrisale,

I had a similar problem last year. Was trying out Suse and it was kind enough to install not on the partition I indicated but reformat my windows drive and install there ... last time I used Suse. The XP Pro NTFS partition had been completely reformated. Anyway I thought I was pretty well screwd and had lost over 100GB of files ... then I found r-studio http://www.data-recovery-software.net/. It is not free but to me was well worth the $80. I was able to recover more than 90% of what was lost. Nothing I wasn't able to recover was sorely missed, thank god. The catch is that you will probably need to install the drive you are trying to recover files from in a box with another drive with the same ammount of free space as the ammount you are trying to recover.

Hope this helps.