[SOLVED] Can I use Linux to recover files from corrupted hard drive?
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ok so When i go to disk management it tells me the drive is unnallocated.
Im using "testdisk" from the link that @Linux.tar.gz gave me and i chose Intel? [i dont remeber what it asked me] then i chose to analize it, but it couldn't find a partiotion so i chose "deeper search" [it took HOURS]
now it tells me:
Use left/Right arrow keys to CHANGE partition characteristics:
*=primary bootable P=Primary L=Logical E=extended D=deleted
KEYS A:add partition, L= Load Backup, T= Change Type, P:List files
ENTER to continue
NTFS found using backup sector!, 1000GB/931GiB
I do not what to do to start I dont know what's the difference between the characteristics...
I want to choose 'list files' but i don't know if I should..
I had a similar problem. Upgraded a fine working Mandriva 2007 system to 2010 version and it decided to clear the data from /home despite not being asked to format it. I used testdisk from a Gparted live CD (actually a multi-mini-distro cover DVD from Linux Magazine, December 2009) very successfully last evening. It wasn't a completely intuitive experience but I soon worked out how to tell the photorec program to find what it could and save the results on an external HD. I now have several directories full of files to sift through for the few I actually wanted to recover (sigh!). If I can make time, will repeat the exercise and write a quick "how to" for the benefit of others. Btw, from the testdisk readme (I think it was), I obtained a list of live distros that include it - Knoppix is also a carrier.