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Old 07-07-2006, 01:03 PM   #1
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Everything lost -- Please help!!


Not sure what happened. Everything was fine. I left for a few days and had my computer running. When i came home i log on and all my desktop items are gone and everything in my /home/ folder is gone. =( I had so much doc/code/ect, ect. Is there anything i can do to recover the documents? is there a way to role back the system?

I have not made backups ><;;

Im so freakin screwed
 
Old 07-07-2006, 02:14 PM   #2
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Is /home mounted on a separate partition? Something like this had happened to me twice before, for some unknown reason /home stops being automatically mounted at boot (probs something I did,but I never figured out what it was). If this is the case then simply mounting /home will sort it temporarily, then look at or edit /etc/fstab to find/sort the problem.

I hope this is the problem because its a pain to recover deleted data.
 
Old 07-07-2006, 02:41 PM   #3
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Is /home mounted on a separate partition? Something like this had happened to me twice before, for some unknown reason /home stops being automatically mounted at boot (probs something I did,but I never figured out what it was). If this is the case then simply mounting /home will sort it temporarily, then look at or edit /etc/fstab to find/sort the problem.

I hope this is the problem because its a pain to recover deleted data.
Yes, /home is mounted on another partition. I didnt notice anything or errors in dmesg or /var/log/messages. Im going to log back in and see if i can mount it or if thats the problem.

Keep ya posted.. thanks for the help
 
Old 07-07-2006, 03:15 PM   #4
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first, don't write anything to the disk which contains critical data. If possible, make a clone of the drive (partition). If you don't write to the disk, then files are--in principle--recoverable.

There are free utilities available but--unless you are really skilled (and patient), you might be better off with a professional data recovery service.
 
Old 07-07-2006, 05:04 PM   #5
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I have not made backups
It's amazing how many people don't. I've seen tons of people who talk the backup talk, but don't walk the backup walk. Until they've been bitten and really needed something they just lost. Luckily, my "bite" came well over a decade ago and I've been backing up religiously since.

If it's not something easy like /home simply being unmounted, follow pixellany's advice. Don't do anything that would write to the disk. Run down to the store and buy yourself a brand new disk, then dd the entire old one to the new (don't mix up your "if=" and "of="!!!) Totally disconnect the old and attempt all recoveries using only the new.

If is just /home not being mounted, consider this your personal "bite" ... luckily a small one. Start backing up. If it's a real problem, your bite might be a major "ouchie", but do what you can (on a copy!) and learn from the situation. I hope things turn out well for you!
 
Old 07-07-2006, 09:40 PM   #6
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ouch bite

Yah, it was not the simple bite i was wishing for. I guess they say this will be a hard lesson learned. I just got back had to run out and buy another hard drive and im going to start playing around.

thanks everyone

keep ya posted
 
  


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