Aborted the formatting process at 10%, don't see any LUKS partition.

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Aborted the formatting process at 10%, don't see any LUKS partition.

#1 Post by recoverable »

I was installing Debian to replace Manjaro on my laptop, it was at the formatting part of the installation process that I remembered I didn't backup a few important photos and text files. So I aborted the process at what looked to me was less than 10% progression bar filled.

Problem is the harddrive was encrypted with LUKS. And here's what I found using Testdisk, PhotoReq, and UFS.
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And that is as far as I know what to do, as I'm a total noob, and knowing that tretching further without the proper knowledge could be disastrous.

Thus I'm requesting guidance from the fine folks here of what to do next. Thank you very much in advance.

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Re: Aborted the formatting process at 10%, don't see any LUKS partition.

#2 Post by recuperation »

Can you still mount the drive?
Did you encrypt the drive or the partition?

If your LUKS header has been overwritten during your format operation you need a LUKS backup header to unencrypt the partially formatted drive.

Then you can apply Testdisk and Photorec.

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Re: Aborted the formatting process at 10%, don't see any LUKS partition.

#3 Post by recoverable »

It seems like the drive is readable.

How to check whether or not the LUKS header has been overwritten?

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