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Old 10-08-2005, 12:24 PM   #1
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Overwritten tar file - Please help, desperate!!!

Hello and thanks for reading first off; I'll try to be short, but describe my situation as faithfully as possible.

I have encrypted my /data partition (/dev/hda2), after having backed up all of the data it contained into an external spare drive (/dev/hdc). I've used the tar utility and made a big file out of it.

Then, I encrypted my /data partition (on /dev/hda2) and, at this point, I was about to restore my backup from /dev/hdc (a pretty big file... 70Gb to be precise... :-/).

Tired (and quite an idiot!), last night I run the "tar -cvif -C /" command, instead of the "tar -xvif" command, I should have used, overwriting my backup...

Please don't make too much fun of me, even though I know I deserve it for having been such an i**t, since my morale is already at its bottom :-(...

I've immediately unmounted the partition, containing that .tar file, hoping that no other data could overwrite my actualy data (I hope it's still there!).

I know there are some unerase recovery tools but I haven't fount anything for overwritten files...

I'd really appreciate if someone could help me with this. I think that the fact that the drive contained just that one file might help me out someways (even though it's a tar file containing quite a lot of stuff), but I wouldn't know how to exploit this fact.

Well, thanks for reading, your answers will be very appreciated.

Please help me, I'm quite desperate at this point!!!
Old 10-08-2005, 08:21 PM   #2
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Your pretty much out of luck to be honest, deleting a file is one thing, overwriting it is another. I don't know anything about the tar structure though, so it might be possible to reconstruct the files that were not overwritten.


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