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How to use TestDisk to recover lost partition
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questions, questions...

#1 Post by koymoy » 08 Sep 2013, 10:06

Hi,

have some questions...

1. will a partition recovery make my folder and files reappear, as they were before my idiotic mistake?

2. My drive was formatted as NTFS, and i accidentally did erase disk in linux. Now, when i do the analyze thing, it lists as a FAT32, and if i the perform a deeper search - it again, only finds the FAT32 partition and asks if i want to "write"? (the partition table, i presume?)
I dare not, to do so, as the pictures from my sons birth is on there somewhere and i was sure I had them backed up elsewhere...but i did not. So it's pretty freakin' important for me, not to make mistakes...so, don't exactly know where to go or what to do from here - any ideas?

best regards,

Christian

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#2 Post by Fiona » 09 Sep 2013, 09:23

To better judge your situation, would it be possible to repeat your diagnose and copy and paste the content of your testdisk.log into your next post?
Before, you can have a try to recover photos using PhotoRec.
It ignores any file system and reads your data underlying in your sectors.
It's a marvellous utility to recover photos.

Fiona

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#3 Post by snakenuts » 09 Sep 2013, 13:07

Hi Fiona,

Sorry to hijack the thread, but I am interested in the PhotoRec thing. I have a post on this website (http://forum.cgsecurity.org/phpBB3/exte ... t2782.html) related to the recovery of my HDD which I am still having trouble with.
But even though my music files (and some movie files) are important to me, the most important files on this HDD are my photos - I can't get those back if I delete them!

So should I try the PhotoRec program first? I read it doesnt copy files to a new drive, but just makes them more accessible on the corrupt HDD, is this correct?

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#4 Post by Fiona » 09 Sep 2013, 17:41

Yes, you can use PhotoRec.
It's very important not to write to your disk anymore.
Because your data are underlying in sectors.
If you override them, your files will be gone forever.
Please go in PhotoRec to File Opt, press s to deselect all file types.
Only check required file types in the list, which you want to recover and press enter to activate it.
So you can have a try to get your photos, mp3 and movies back.
Another hint is to use testdisk and the menu Undelete.
It's available in the menu "Advanced".
Undelete keeps file names and folders.
You can check it also.

Fiona

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#5 Post by koymoy » 09 Sep 2013, 20:22

Fiona wrote:To better judge your situation, would it be possible to repeat your diagnose and copy and paste the content of your testdisk.log into your next post?
Before, you can have a try to recover photos using PhotoRec.
It ignores any file system and reads your data underlying in your sectors.
It's a marvellous utility to recover photos.

Fiona
Hi,

Thank you for the reply,

I will try and redo the process, as soon as i get Windows 7 reinstalled - Linux is just not an option in regards of my needs - for the time being at least.

I did try the Photorec, and ended up with some 200GB of data - incl. alot of pictures - just not the most important ones, the ones from my sons birth, which is weird, as some of the pictures that showed up, was of people I have never seen (so I guess my drive is a refurb....hehe!)

Could the undelete thing be an option? and can you explain to me, why no NTFS partition or is that what you maybe can see from the log file?

Best Regards,

Christian

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