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Re: Recovering from MKFS

On Thu, 04 Aug 2011 16:23:29 +0000, Walter Hurry wrote:

> On Thu, 04 Aug 2011 16:15:06 +0000, Camaleón wrote:
>> On Thu, 04 Aug 2011 11:59:22 -0400, Ethan Rosenberg wrote:
>>> I ran mkfs -L on an external usb drive, hoping to change it's name,
>>> which it did.  It, of course, rewrote the inode tables, which I did
>>> not realize that it would, and I cannot find my files on the disk.  Is
>>> there any way to recover the files?
>> I would try with a LiveCD containing Photorec:
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PhotoRec
> The filesystem in question is on an external USB drive, so if OP's root
> filesystem is on an internal drive, and OP specifies a directory not on
> the USB for the recovered files, maybe there is no need to use a LiveCD?

I don't like installing programs that I rarely use, hence the LiveCD 
suggestion. Besides, running from a LiveCD provides an extra of security 
because internal hard disks won't be accesible unless explicitely/
manually mounted, or at least you can unmount them at all to avoid an 
"incidental" damage ("fat fingers" attack at the worst moment...) :-)



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