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I did the upgrade from Mandriva Linux Limited Edition 2005 special club to 2006 RC2. when I got done I found that it NUKED my Documents Directory.
I was wondering if there is a utility to recover deleted files.
the box is a dual boot box with Win XP and Mandriva on it. I have it booted on XP now to prevent the partition from being written to. I have tried a couple of windoze based tools that scan Linux partitions to recover deleted files but have had no luck. one of the tools I tried was Stellar Phoenix Linux.
Any help would be apreciated as i have lost over 8k photos, my second hobby is photography.
Are you certain you chose the 'upgrade' route? Did you by any chance create a new user? Is there any chance your files are just elsewhere on the disk?
(As an aside, this is why backups are so important, especially before upgrades)
If you want to try to use linux tools with almost no chance of writing to the disk, try using a livecd.
yes, it was an upgrade and I did an extensive search of all partitions.
As for your "aside note" I have a pack of DVDr disks just for that, had been saying for months that I need to backup my photos )-: it is my own fault even though the upgrade nuked the documents dir. I have been using Mandrake since 6.2 and have done upgrades and new installs and have never had a problem with it nuking any personal info until now. Oh well big lesson learned.