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Old 02-07-2013, 05:04 PM   #1
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drive recovery program

I've got a corrupted linux sata hard drive and I wondered if there was any good linux-based software that could recover the data on the drive. I tried testdisk and fsck but had no joy. I also booted from a knoppix 7 data recovery cd but didn't have any joy with that either. There's tons of stuff around for recovery of windows fat and ntfs drives but I haven't found anything effective for an ext3 drive. Thanks for any pointers.

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I've used photorec with good success in the past, however being part of the testdisk suite I don't know if it will help you (since you said testdisk didn't help).
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Photorec can work independent from filesystems, so you should be able to recover your files (if they are recoverable) with it.
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thanks for the responses. I'm trying photorec now, the program is telling me 4 hours to completion so it's wait and see. It's not easy to use, I went round in circles till I realised I was doing it wrong. If photorec doesn't work I'll try ddrescue on the systemrescuecd.

update: photorec didn't work, it kept giving the error that there was insufficient space on the target drive when in fact there was 300Gb of empty space on it. I couldn't be bothered getting bogged down with that however ddrescue did work (off the systemrescucd), it cloned the broken drive to another good drive and I was able to get all my data back.

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