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Re: file recovery - urgent


- do not boot from the harddisc
- get a live cd, like GRML, Knoppix, System-Rescue
- boot the CD
- if you can, make a backup of your harddisc with dd to an other one.. (like
	a USB HD)

try to run the files:

e2undel - Undelete utility for the ext2 file system
magicrescue - recovers files by looking for magic bytes
recover - Undelete files on ext2 partitions

and .. goog luck, but normally there are good chances to recover those files.

On Son, 11 Feb 2007, Micha wrote:

> Please excuse this is not strictly debian or laptop related,
> but i'm in urgent trouble.
> I accidently deleted a folder with 3500 files on my laptop,
> just when i wanted to do a really overdue backup. 
> It's about 5 GB, nearly 3 months of work, and the last
> backup is a month ago where most of the stuff was added
> just recently, including hundreds of hours of the working time.
> When i realized what happened i shutdown the laptop. 
> The files are in the user's home on the root filesystem, 
> a journaling ext3. debian sid.
> I was so shocked i didn't look for the exact time, but i 
> think i could boil it down to a 10 minute time frame.
> I've no experience with file recovery.
> I would be able to boot into a cd or dvd which i could
> download and burn on another machine.
> I'm aware a time based recovery could mean i'd have to reinstall 
> the KDE session and do more cleanup afterward, but that's 
> absolutely unimportant, if i only could recover the files. 
> It would be worth a complete reinstall.
> Any good idea what i can do ?
> micha
> ps. And no, nothing in the trash folder, it was a real delete.
> pps. And yes, i will never again be lazy with backups. 

Florian Reitmeir

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