Cannot run TestDisk (Linux)

Using TestDisk to undelete files
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Cannot run TestDisk (Linux)

#1 Post by greetp » 09 Mar 2012, 23:36


I'm struggling to run Testdisk.

Grateful if anyone can advise exactly where I extract the files & how I execute them in Root.

Many thanks for any help

Phil (Linux newbie)

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Re: Cannot run TestDisk (Linux)

#2 Post by cgrenier » 10 Mar 2012, 09:49


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wget -N
tar xjf testdisk-6.14-WIP.linux26.tar.bz2
cd testdisk-6.14-WIP
sudo ./testdisk_static
sudo will asked you for your user password. If you can't use sudo on your system, run "su -", type your root password,
go in testdisk-6.14-WIP directory using the cd command and run "./testdisk_static"

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Re: Cannot run TestDisk (Linux)

#3 Post by rwoody » 28 Apr 2012, 23:04

I'm also having Linux issues -
The version loaded:testdisk-6.14-WIP.linux26.tar.bz2 (I downloaded decompressed and installed the folder/contents direct to my Linux root)

I have the file system loaded - My kernel is :Linux

Via the shell I've tried the following:
cd testdisk-6.14-WIP
[root@xxxx-xxxx testdisk-6.14-WIP]#
testdisk-6.14-WIP]# su - ./testdisk_static
su: user ./testdisk_static does not exist

Checking the /help file in su - it states - should assume root but apparently it does not so I tried the following, but it did not request my password (maybe due to the fact I'm logged in as root? :

testdisk-6.14-WIP]# su root ./testdisk_static
./testdisk_static: ./testdisk_static: cannot execute binary file

Any suggestions? I have a bunch of mp3 files that were deleted in error and I'm trying to recover them. Really need to figure this out.

Thanks in advance for such a great option (if I can get it to run)


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Re: Cannot run TestDisk (Linux)

#4 Post by remy » 01 May 2012, 17:34

when in testdisk folder, what's the result of

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ls -l testdisk_static 
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Re: Cannot run TestDisk (Linux)

#5 Post by rwoody » 12 Jul 2012, 17:55

Sorry, I don't speak or read French- but I gave up. Luckily I found an old back up and was able to restore 90% of the 6000 files that were deleted. I would really like to have this on the server for future events. Maybe I'll try again in the future.


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