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Old 07-24-2009, 05:14 AM   #1
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Unhappy Jaunty on PPC - Borked Install, can't access HFS! Suggestions?

I just went through an HDD install on a friend's wife's Powerbook g4, and I cheesed something up.

This is what I remember,

1. I shrunk the main HFS partition from 40g to 25g, as only 9g of the drive had any data - meaning there were 30g free...

2. I created a 12g ext3 partition

3. I used the remainder for swap

4. I set the ext3 partition to be the root drive (mount point /)

5. THEN - I set the original hfs as the New World partition...

Install took forever compared to previous installs on non-apple hardware.

When i finished, Ubuntu booted right up, albeit with a nasty distorted splash screen, but i can't mount the volume...

"can't read superblock"

I'm off to investigate just how horrid my borkening might have been.

Any hope would be appreciated.

My behavior wash rash and irresponsible, but there is data in limbo.
Old 07-24-2009, 03:26 PM   #2
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Bump - Can someone tell me what's wrong with my post?

I would like to know if there is a better place for my post or if more information is needed to help me resolve this problem...

During the install the prompts listed which partitions would be formatted, and the big HFS wasn't mentioned, but it appears to have been formatted.

I'm terrified.

I've done some data recovery and other stuff with XP, but it would be nice to know how to recover some of the files on this drive - as it's not mine, and I'm feeling like quite the idiot.

Any help, please?

Can i recover anything from this partition?
Old 07-25-2009, 11:43 AM   #3
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Well, Damn. The silence is encouraging.

I'm not sure how to proceed.

I've looked and looked for any app that claims to recover files from an HFS partition, and the only thing i see is either commercial software, or Testdisk. Testdisk only seems to "discover" deleted partitions and restore them.

I was thinking I would try to use dd to clone the partition first, then make my attempts to recover the data from the image. But I haven't found a single "how-to" or post of any sort that gives me hope for salvaging this stuff.

I know I can get the laptop up and running, my only concern at this point is recovery.

I've used stuff like Easius and Disk Investigator for winblows, and have recovered lots of lost data over the years via various methods...but never on a mac.

The partition is there. It hasn't been accessed since the borkening. What was once 9gb of data on an HFS+ partition is now on 32mb on a New World partition... what I want to recover is wedding photos

Any suggestions at all would help...



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