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Old 04-08-2013, 10:06 AM   #1
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Ext3 partition installed as Ext2: Data dissapeared.

OK, here is the thing:

I have my /home directory and the / directory with LMDE in two separated partitions, with some other unmounted partitions for good mesure. /home has been in EXT3 for years, and have never bothered to mess with that.

Ive used Mint for a while. After some problems (with Cinnammon and other stuff) during the latest upgrade, I finally decided to try out Bodhi Linux in one of the other partitions, pointing the /home directory to the usual partition it is in.

While installing it, and for reasons I can't fanthom (I'd swear I didn't order it), the Install decided to set up the /home partition as EXT2. I am pretty sure the partition was not formatted though (I really need to hold on to that belief). Suddently the wholle /home is empty: I've lost all my data.

After some search, I went for the recovery process described here:

But still the data is missing.

I tried to log in through the older LMDE install, and the first time I got the message:

fsck.ext3: Unable to resolve 'UUID
fsck died with exit status 8

But after that, any attempt to log in through the Bodhi install gets the /home empty, and through the LMDE install just makes the laptop screen go blank.

I really need to recover that data. Please help.
Old 04-09-2013, 02:41 AM   #2
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Is your /home filesystem MOUNTED, or are you perhaps looking at a /home mountPOINT with nothing mounted on it? What output do you get if you simply type "mount"?
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Please do not boot any OS you have installed on that machine that may be want to write to the /home partition, this will make the recovery of your data harder or even impossible.
Both articles you linked to are for file system failures, but if you specified (however that was caused) a different filesystem to an installer most likely the partition got formatted, so the articles simply don't apply to your situation..
Boot from a live-CD/USB and lokk at the partition in question if you can find your data. If not, try to recover the data on that partition using Testdisk. If this doesn't succeed you can try to recover the data with Photorec or Foremost. But do that all from a live-medium.

While Photorec/Testdisk/Foremost are scanning your partition you have the time to thinkl about backup strategies, so that the next time if something like that happens you simply can laugh at it and restore your data from your backup media.


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