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Old 08-29-2006, 03:13 PM   #1
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need to recover data in a deleted inode


I don't know whether "deleted inode" is quite correct, I'm not quite sure what that is even.

I finally finished the first two chapters of my book, and then I deleted it by accident

Now I scanned that area of the disk and found out what inodes the files were in, but I can't figure out how to get it back still.
I thought of using dd, but I don't know the absolute physical location of the files. How can you work this out?
 
Old 08-29-2006, 03:19 PM   #2
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If it's a *.doc or *.txt type file, you might try recovering it with the program foremost. Just be sure to just search for doc type files (there's a cli option for that) so that you don't find all the other crap. You'll probably have to run it from a live CD or a separate filesystem...
 
Old 08-29-2006, 03:56 PM   #3
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No, it's plaintext. The filenames are ./intro/01, ./intro/02, ./intro/03, ./intro/04, ./chooseday/05, and so on until ./chooseday/10.
 
Old 08-29-2006, 04:16 PM   #4
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I'm pretty sure foremost will find those files. They'll be renamed some numeric combination though. You'll have to rename them once you recover them.
 
Old 08-30-2006, 08:27 AM   #5
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Thanks for your replies, everyone.
I got my files back
Foremost scanned throguh my entire disk, making thousands of little files that I didn't want and had to sift through. I found it so frustrating that I didn't know which of these files I wanted, though I did know precisely where on the disk they were. I had their inode numbers which I found using debugfs.
MY SOLUTION: as always, google is my friend. I searched for something like "how to dump data from an inode" and it came up with an app called lde (http://lde.sourceforge.net/). Using this I found my data and dumped them to files with ease.

Thanks again.
 
Old 08-30-2006, 08:42 AM   #6
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Glad to hear a success - I passed by there a year or so ago, but have never needed it.
One for the tool-box.
 
Old 08-30-2006, 11:34 AM   #7
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Congratulations! Foremost does indeed scan the whole drive. The trick is to use the command line switch to only search for certain filetypes of bigger than a certain size.

But that other tool sounds like a good one to remember!
 
  


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