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Old 12-31-2003, 05:42 PM   #1
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Recovering data

Hello everyone!
I decided to reinstall RH9 in the other part of my HD,
while doing that I mounted /dev/hda8(my old partition)
into some temp directory, then I deleted that temp dir,
I was wondering why it took so long to delete almost empty dir
I had some data on hda8 which I didn't copy it to my new partition
Is there any way I can recover that data?
(I didn't touch hda8 after that)
Old 12-31-2003, 06:01 PM   #2
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hopefully i understood the problem

so you mounted your old partition into a temp directory and then deleted it?

deleting something from an ext2,ext3 partition uses the rm command; very powerful and i don't think data is recoverable after using that command
Old 12-31-2003, 06:12 PM   #3
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Actually, you can recover deleted files as long as you do not write new data to that partition.

Deleting files and/or directories does not actually delete the data. Deletion commands only remove the entry from the file table. The data will still be on the hard drive until another write is performed and data is written to the sectors of the HDD where the old data is stored.

Take a look at these HowTOs.

Or you can try a Undelete utility.


Undelete utility
Old 01-01-2004, 12:25 AM   #4
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All this HOWTO's and soft are for ext2, I've been using
ext3 on that partition... Do you think they will work anyway?


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