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Old 01-23-2006, 11:51 AM   #1
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I am fairly new to the Linux world but today I was trying to mount my USB drive in Linux Fedora Core 2 and it mounted twice. One it mounted once to a folder on the desktop (which is what I wanted it to do) and then it mounted as a sda1 device on the desktop. So I wanted to get rid of one of them so I deleted the folder icon. It ended up deleting the contents of my USB drive. I checked the "Trash Bin" and the files are not in there. I also double checked in Windows to see if the files were really gone, and they are really gone. Is there any way to get those files back? Is there someplace to look on the Linux hard drive to recover them? Is there another place they may have went?

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Old 01-23-2006, 12:46 PM   #2
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im guessing as long as you dont write anything to the drive or format it. it's possible but i dont know what apps you could use.
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If you delete in the GUI, I think it goes in the trash??

In any event, the files are surely still there---since deleting only removes links. I am not conversant with file recovery utilities, but Google is FULL of them.

Whatever you do, dont do anything else to that drive...!!
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If you haven't written anything to the USB filesystem, you might be able to recover your files by recovering from the cleared inodes. As pixellany recommended, Google is your friend. You might also try one of the forensic live CDs.
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Also, step back and make very sure that the damage you think happened, really did occur. Dismount the drive, restart the machine, try again ... and ...

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You're files are gone. Sorry. So, what did we learn today?


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