View Full Version : Help salvaging a hard drive data

4th July 2006, 03:49 AM
Greetings, First post. Just installed FC5 after I screwed up my hard drive. I was runing Suse 10.

What I did was try to install Damn Small Linux on a pendirve. I forgot my hard drive was a SATA so it was a sda not a hda. I keyd in that ID to start the setup and DSL did something and quickly quit the install. No time to overwrite the drive but it is now reporting as a Windows drive. This computer is Linux only, no dual boot.

I replaced the drive with a new one and installed Fedora. Now I want to see if I can set up the drive to recover the data on it. No I did not backup anything much. Yes I know I should have.

Any Fedora tips on cracking the drive to see my data? I have been noodling about without much luck. All I can see to date is the drive and that it is a windows drive now (it thinks) and the only file I can see is one called linux.sys.

Can I save it or did I goober it up royally?


4th July 2006, 04:01 AM
does the drive read as emptier than it should? ie... too much free space? maybe dsl formatted it or didn't get a chance to.
how big is linux.sys? did you try mounting it?

^shots in that dark...

IRC #fedora they're pretty helpful there usually

4th July 2006, 04:16 AM
It is showing 149GB about what It should. I have tried to mount it under several different Live CD's to no avail. I have changed it from a "windows" fpartition to a Linux (0x83) without damaging the existence of the file. My thought is DSL did change it to a fat filesystem thinking I really meant it to be a USB pendrive but It was over before I think it could have formatted 149GB of space.

LVM states it has no filesystem attached. I am currently reading up on the LVM How To on a website. I had the FAT file get eaten off a zip drive years ago and was able to restore it and save the data. I am hoping for some similar miracle here.

4th July 2006, 04:20 AM
this is about the point where i start assessing the value of the data vs. the effort of the fix

4th July 2006, 04:35 AM
Basically there were a lot of photos on the drive. Some I had backed up on portable media. and a ton of PDF files snagged from here and there.

Mostly it is the photo work. And the fact I am annoyed at myself for being a bonehead.

4th July 2006, 04:38 AM
i feel you.

about a week ago i deleted my entire /var/www directory which i had spent about a month learning php while creating. i was so proud... now i feel like an idiot.

4th July 2006, 07:31 AM
Basically there were a lot of photos on the drive.

This (http://www.clarity.net/~adam/recoverpix.html) any good?


4th July 2006, 11:12 AM
some free-software tools i've tried:
* Foremost (http://foremost.sourceforge.net/) (Fedora package "foremost")
* PhotoRec (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec) (part of TestDisk) (Fedora package "testdisk")