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Re: semi-formatted partition

well. first things first, I'd take an image of the trashed partition as it is now, then only play with the image. 

dd if=/dev/sda8 of=backup-file bs=1M
losetup /dev/loop2 backup-file   

You can then play with /dev/loop2 as if it was your device.

(don't play with the original, if you can afford it.  If worst comes to worst, and you think it's worthwhile doing, data recovery companies can sometimes recover the data as it was before the reformat by looking at residual magnetic domains, so the less writing y ou do the better).

One of the things that I see is that, if lost+found has already been created, then I'm guessing that the format was already substantially complete, which means that your best hope is probably that you were using a different FS sizing parameters which would

On 5/28/07, L'âcre d'Anac(h)ronique <anacronique gmail com> wrote:

Hello list,

I would like to share a little problem with you :

I've lost an 5Gb partition in an installation of Ututo GNU/Linux. It seems that the installation script does not took care of my /home and it tried of format it. When I saw that my old sda8 partition was being formatted as ext3 (fast format) I immediately, hard-restart my computer. After a run level 1 restart, I discovered that it was already formatted: only "lost and found" was there. I haven't mount it or check it because I don't want to corrupt more the FS. In the forums some guy recommends to remake it with testdisk taking the same values for the inode backup table. That's the only hope it seems I have. I would like to know if there's a standard procedure to follow in this case. I've installed Windows in order to run easyrecovery 6.1 and I could recover about 15% of my family photos, but anything else. Any help will be so much appreciated.

Thanks for reading.

L'âcre d'Anac(h)ronique
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