Recover specific files from deleted EXT4 partition

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Recover specific files from deleted EXT4 partition

#1 Post by dorothy93 » 24 Jul 2019, 08:34

Is there any way to recover a few specific files from a deleted EXT4 partition. I deleted all partitions on my 480GB SSD. Afterwards, I created a 200 GB NTFS partition (which is mostly empty) and I have about 280 GB still unpartitioned.

I didn't do a "wipe" (or whatever it's called), so it was a quick deletion process. Kroger Feedback

I'm currently only running Windows (on a completely different SSD), but I would be happy to boot up a Linux Live CD if needed.

I was going to throw Linux on that unpartitioned 280GB but now I don't want to touch it until I figure out if I can recover that data.

Thank you
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Re: Recover specific files from deleted EXT4 partition

#2 Post by cgrenier » 25 Jul 2019, 05:56

It's not possible to recover deleted file by name from an ext4 filesystem.
To recover your files, the recommanded way is in the following order
- to recover your ext4 partition: run TestDisk, Analyze, Qick Search and if your ext4 partition isn't listed, Deeper Search, if the ext4 partition is found, set it as P(rimary), on next screen, choose Write, confirm, Quit and restart your computer
- to recover files from the free space of the ext4 partition using PhotoRec: run PhotoRec, select the disk, select the Linux partition, choose ext2/3/4, [Free]...

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