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#1 2013-01-03 19:40:24

shaaraddalvi
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Registered: 2013-01-02
Posts: 5

Hard disc recovery help

Hello everyone,
I was trying to install arch linux on my flash drive from another flash drive as live medium in a hurry and i wrongly did 'cfdisk' on my laptop's HDD, and resized the existing 4 partitions on it (sda1,2,3,4). Then did 'mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda1,2,3,4' (for all 1,2,3,4) and i installed arch linux on that...however in this process...all my data is erased...i was having Win 7-ubuntu dual boot on my Laptop HDD... I know this is serious...but is there any, any way tk recover atleast any amoumt of data from the harddisc now??
If so, how? Please help...

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#2 2013-01-03 21:41:24

bdalenoord
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Registered: 2012-06-14
Posts: 25

Re: Hard disc recovery help

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/15761/re … u-live-cd/

You could try the above... i'd give you about 0 chance though as I suppose most data will've been overwritten by the install process...

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#3 2013-01-03 22:00:21

ewaller
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From: Pasadena, CA
Registered: 2009-07-13
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Re: Hard disc recovery help

If you have another drive handy, I would strongly urge you to clone the drive and then work with the copy.

I've no suggestions as to the recovery, but by working with a copy, you cannot make things any worse if some approach screws things further.  You can always go back to original, make another clone, and try another approach.


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#4 2013-01-04 19:42:50

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Registered: 2008-09-14
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Re: Hard disc recovery help

ewaller wrote:

If you have another drive handy, I would strongly urge you to clone the drive and then work with the copy.

I've no suggestions as to the recovery, but by working with a copy, you cannot make things any worse if some approach screws things further.  You can always go back to original, make another clone, and try another approach.

Actually make 2 clones, one you can work with and one you don't mess with. The reason is that you may be able to do a "good" clone only once, this way you always have something to come back to.


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#5 2013-01-04 20:24:28

shulamy
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From: israel
Registered: 2010-09-11
Posts: 335

Re: Hard disc recovery help

you may try testdisk.

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

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