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Old 12-02-2008, 03:04 AM   #1
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help for puppy linux

few days ago, my desktop decided to act up, i tried to pull out the files through using puppy linux, (desktop use xp)

since the hard driver cant be mounted at first, so i tried:

fdisk -l
mfks.ext3 /dev/sda
mount -t ext3 /dev/sda /mnt/sda

but i still cant find my files after the hard got connected

wht should i do now?

is any possible to get my files back?
Old 12-02-2008, 03:26 AM   #2
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Wait a second...
What are you trying to do?
Where are your files?
If your files were on the hard drive on a windows partition, then mkfs really was not the way to go...
What were you trying to accomplish?

If you have files on a hard disk that you want to see, you need to mount the drive with mount, possibly mount.vfat or mount.ntfs
mkfs will delete the windows partition to create an ext3 partition. You can still rescue it with testdisk if you didn't touch ANYTHING in the ext3 partition you created...

Last edited by Agrouf; 12-02-2008 at 03:27 AM.
Old 12-02-2008, 03:41 AM   #3
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i think don't use puppy use dog :-) dog are matured than puppy...:-)

can you elaborate your problemos...buddy.
Old 12-02-2008, 06:33 AM   #4
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mfks.ext3 /dev/sda
What that command does is make a new filesystem in that block device, that block device represents the WHOLE disk (S)csi (D)rive (A) SATA disk are treated with scsi emulation.
In short, that command erases all logical structure of the disk (the previous filesystem and partition tables) and creates a new (empty) filesystem, so in order to get your files back you should use testdisk to read the Real data written on the disk to make a new logical structure to access those files. You should be extra careful not to write any further on that disk, the more you write on the disk, the more probably to write over the Real data.
You can get testdisk from here
Make sure to read the documentation first.
Good look.


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