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Old 08-07-2013, 12:40 PM   #1
iseikov
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SLED 11 - Data recovery software


Hi guys! I am new to the Linux OS and I seem to understand nothing about it. Recently I sent my laptop for repair and my OS was changed from Windows 7 to SLED 11, which is the factory OS of my computer. All of my data was erased from the laptop (750 GB), so currently I am looking for a data recovery software.

Before anything, can anyone tell me if it is possible to recover any data, as an OS has been deleted and replaced with another one (I had 2 partitions on Win7 and they have been deleted)?

And if so, could you recommend me any software that I can use ON SLED 11 to recover my data or if I have an *.exe recovery software could I run it under Linux with a program called Wine? Would it do the work?

Please anyone who has any suggestions please say.

I will be very grateful if you help me recover my data.
 
Old 08-07-2013, 03:35 PM   #2
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well you paid for SUSE Enterprise Desktop
-- it is NOT free -- you have to buy it $$$

most if not all the data is unrecoverable

but
turn off the lap top NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
remove the drive
connect it to a desktop computer with a LARGER drive than the laptop ( larger empty drive)

and run "photorec" from "system rescue cd "

it might find some documents

but your best bet
is to take it back to whom ever changed it
and force them to pay for the recovery

it could be in the tens of thousands of dollars to recover data

second
are you 100% sure that this IS YOUR laptop ??????
 
Old 08-07-2013, 03:47 PM   #3
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I am absolutely sure this is my laptop and my hard disk. I asked specifically if they have changed my hard disk - they have not. The laptop was with Linux installed when I first bought it - I haven't paid for the OS.

From 700 GB of data - what do you mean by SOME of the data - roughly?

The unrecoverable data is not recoverable even if an experienced specialist deals with it, correct?

Thanks for replying.
 
Old 08-07-2013, 04:00 PM   #4
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SELD 11 service pack 3 is the current
and you HAVE to buy the yearly licensing fee !!!!
there is no real way around this

except for installing the FREE version
OpenSUSE 12.3

if you are running SELD 11 ( no service packs) you are YEARS out of date
and have YEARS of MISSING security updates to install

it would be like running Windows XP ( NO service pack )
without having sp1 ,sp2,nor sp3 installed on XP

--- not a good idea ---

the same gos for SELD 11
Novell released service pack 1,2 ,and 3 for it

it might be recoverable
but it will be VERY expensive

but things like
http://www.sysresccd.org/SystemRescueCd_Homepage
might find some of it ? maybe ?

A good wiki page ( Arch Linux) but good reading
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/File_Recovery

but you will want to use any tool using a second computer
 
Old 08-08-2013, 08:39 PM   #5
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If you're saying you sent it for repair with MSWin7 OS (only) and it came back with SLED11 (only) & a different partition layout(!), then the odds of retrieving your data are very very low, as the SLED11 install would likely have re-formatted the entire disk to extN (n=2, 3 or 4), instead of NTFS.
You can try the recovery via eg photorec, but I think you'd be better off not touching it and taking it back to the shop and insisting on recovery and/or payment.
I suspect recovery is unlikely....
 
  


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