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Old 04-23-2017, 08:12 PM   #1
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Help with mounting external hard drive for data recovery with Testdisk_Photorec

Hello everybody,

A few years ago I've found a tutorial on the net that explained how to recover data from hard drives with Testdisk and Photorec by doing this:

- install the faulty hard drive for recovery and an external hard drive to a computer;

- boot this computer with a disk or USB having the System Rescue cd on it;

- at the System Rescue prompt type "Startx" and automatically enter the graphical interface;

- in the graphical interface do a succession of clicks (like "System", ??, "Mount manager") - that I can't remember at all and you are able to mount the external hard drive, access it an then create a new directory that will be used for data recovery from the faulty hard drive. If the external hard drive is not mounted you won't be able to access it and save the recovery files in its directories;

- quit the graphical interface;

- launch either Testdisk or Photorec from the System Rescue Cd terminal and then follow the prompts of either one of them and finally when you will get to the point to select the directory for files recovery it will work straightaway - if the external hard drive hasn't been previously mounted you won't be able to access it!

- wait for Testdisk or Photorec to finalise their jobs.

Could anyone please advise what is the succession of clicks that I need to do in order to mount an external hard drive once I get to the System Rescue Cd graphical interface by typing "startx" ?

Please do not provide commands from the terminal that are so sophisticated and I won't be able to follow.

Thanks in advance,


Last edited by andrew262; 04-23-2017 at 08:15 PM. Reason: extra detail provided
Old 04-23-2017, 09:26 PM   #2
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Not sure what exactly you are trying to recover but the test disk site has a step by step guide explaining various recovery options.
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i don't think a gui (startx) is necessary to run testdisk/photorec.
i also don't think the hard drive should be mounted while performing the rescue operation.
what you do need though is some tertiary (first: system to boot from, second: drive to be rescued, third: drive to rescue to) storage to rescue the files to.


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