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Old 02-12-2005, 01:13 PM   #1
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*Please* help me save my data (test disk stuff)

I'll say as much as I can.
A couple of days ago I did a netinstall of suse 9.2 pro. I was looking around Yast cause I'm used to Debian/Slackware/Gentoo so I've never had it
Anyway... I was looking at how to add partitions with Yast -because I wanted to test whether or not I could give it away as a neat windows replacement.. Anyway It might have been late.. But I was in the LVM (guess it stands for Linux Volume Manager). However I could swear that I exited without saving the changes. I looked around the partitions and all was swell..

(The reason for the LVM part will become apparent later)

Ok fast forward. I bought a case for having a drive connected to my pc by USB. I put the drive I messed around with in and booted up.. Initially I could still browse the first partition on the disk which has my Debian system. The other partition (which holds *all* my personal data) was unbrowseable, couldn't mount it either..

So I messed around and say they were still LVM.. I thought I could change that by using fdisk to change the disk ID's to linux (83) and it seemed to work ok till after a reboot (still couldn't see the personal data partition)..

I backed up my partition table using sfdisk -d to a file and proceeded to wipe it with dd (using /dev/zero)

SO here I am.
This is the output when analyzing the disk with Test disk (which I'm told can reconstruct my partitiontable {hopefully also fixing it, fdisk said the partitions stretched beyond the capacity of the disk somehow})
Disk /dev/sda - CHS 32253 64 32 - 32253 MB

Check the harddisk size: HD jumpers settings, BIOS detection, OS limitation...
The following partition can't be recovered. The harddisk seems too small!
Partition Start End Size in sectors
D Linux 19080 1 1 75350 20 32 115241600 [/data]

What do I do from here ? I really would like to have that data if it is at all reconstructable..
This means alot to me and if I get saved from this I'll definatly have a redundant disk for backups or so heh...
Old 02-12-2005, 05:22 PM   #2
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Oh yea.. It's not a 32gig as testdisk says. it's really 80gigs so yea there's something wrong.. But when I plugged it in as a regular IDE HDD in my computer.. Everything goes all wrong... Suse will boot but I can't boot from CD's and so...


this is the partition table that I backed up, just in case it would help.. please....
# partitiontable for /dev/sda
unit: sectors

/dev/sda1 : start= 63, size= 39061953, Id=8e
/dev/sda2 : start= 0, size= 0, Id= 0
/dev/sda3 : start= 39062016, size=115241616, Id=8e
/dev/sda4 : start= 0, size= 0, Id= 0


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