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Old 05-06-2012, 07:57 PM   #1
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How did this happen


Hi all,

I ran Damn Small Linux from a USB key to try to recover from a BSOD. When i rebooted i noticed that DSL was installed on my HDD. Ie it somehow reformatted my HDD, I'm pretty sure that i didnt wipe it intentionally.

How do i recover from this? I'm pretty sure the data is still on the drive.
 
Old 05-06-2012, 08:43 PM   #2
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Not knowing what steps you took after booting the USB, it's pretty hard to know what happened. I would not expect DSL or any other Linux distribution to automatically install without any proactive step from the user. Boot DSL and run as root user: fdisk -l (Lower case letter L in the command). This will give partition information so we have a starting point. If you know how to mount a partition, you could do that and take a look to see if you still have your files.
 
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:33 PM   #4
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sudo fdisk -l shows

disk /dev/sda: 320GB, 320072932684 bytes
16 heads, 32 sectors/track, 1220981 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 512*512 = 262144 bytes

device boot start end blocks id system
/dev/sda1 * 1 976 249840 b win95 fat32

disk /dev/sdb: 255 MB, 25585244 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 31 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065*512= 8225280 bytes

device boot start end blocks id system
/dev/sdb1 * 1 31 248976 b win95 fat32
Partition 1 has different physical/logical beginnings (non-linux?):
phys=(0,0,1) logical=(0,1,1)

How do i make it boot from sda? Copy MBR record?
 
Old 05-06-2012, 09:44 PM   #5
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mount /dev/sda1 - mount the partition

ls /mnt/sda1 - list the mounted partition

ls /mnt/sdb1 - list the mounted partition

Still cant see my windows files.
 
Old 05-06-2012, 11:35 PM   #6
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Your fdisk output shows a 320GB drive with one windows partition with a fat32 filesystem. I expect the DSL is on the 255MB flash? Which version of windows are you using? Do you have its installation disk? Do you have a recovery option on it? You would need to use that to write the master boot record for windows.

You need to create a mount point and should specify a filesystem type, the command you list won't do anything. Create the directory windows in the /mnt directory when booted into DSL and run the command below. You should then be able to navigate to that directory and see if your files are there.

mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt/windows
 
Old 05-07-2012, 12:03 AM   #7
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Ok ran the command

sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt/windows

then ran

ls /mnt/windows

the file list is of the linux boot disk when it should be showing my windows file.

I am running Windows Vista, i dont have the installation disk. There was a recovery partition but it seemed to be wiped out. So it seems the partition is there, I just need to access it :-D

Anything else to try.
 
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