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Old 07-12-2011, 06:05 AM   #1
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Unhappy recover data after new installation


During a new installation of openSuse 11.2, because of a mistake, I lost access to previous partitions.

I was advised to use testdisk/testimage, but of course it didn't work, because my lost data had beeen encrypted.

How can I make linux ask me the previous root password?

I think any program that doesn't ask the previous password, isn't able to recover data. Is it true?
Old 07-12-2011, 09:42 AM   #2
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Can you boot into your Opensuse system?
What mistake?
What were the other partitions? An operating system? Data?
What password?
Old 07-13-2011, 02:32 AM   #3
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Yes, my new installation is quite OK, but no access to my old data.

The partition I need to access is previous Home; because I have built a new Home Partition during installation; and that is the mistake.

Probably I've chosen New Installation instead of upgrade.

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Old 07-13-2011, 04:27 AM   #4
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Did you try using a live version to boot into the system and access the data ?

Is the old install all still on the same partition ? If so try booting to that and change the settings , copy the data then delete and resize the partition so you have the space.

I quick search found this information.


Modifying or Disabling Encrypted Home Directories
If you want to disable the encryption of a home directory or change the size of the image file at any time, then this is possible. Please follow the steps as below:

- Open the YaST User and Group Administration dialog in the Users view.
- Select a user from the list and
- click Edit.
Hope this helps.
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Thanks for your replies.

I'm attaching a result screen from testdisk.

I tried to list the files of the linux patitions, but found nothing useful.

Of the linux partitions seen in the screen, only one seems to contain data, the one belonging to new installation.

Also, if testdisk's log file helps, I'll send it.
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:52 AM   #6
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Thanks for your replies.

I can't explain the matter exactly; so I think I've lost my old data permanently.

No matter, I must have been more carefull during installation.


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