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Old 04-19-2005, 07:37 PM   #1
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recover deleted files on fat32/ntfs partitons?

I was trying to run partition magic to resize my partitions before I installed new suse 9.3 but partition magic failed to rezise the ntfs partition so now I cannot boot into windows, it seems the ntfs partition is a bit messy now. I can still access the fat32 from linux and the ntfs is empty. I was wondering if there is a program on linux where it can search the partition fat32 or ntfs so I could recover few files. If it can recover few things from the fat32 it would be nice...the files are not deleted, I just moved them to ntfs because I wanted to delete the partition and resize it but that did not happen so I'm guessing the files are still there...just not visible...then I can install windows xp on that partition, leaving the old ntfs intact and from there I might use some windows recovery program which might help....I hope...Anyhow, any suggestions as how could I solve this problem? Thank you!
Old 04-21-2005, 10:23 AM   #2
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dd if=/dev/hda2 of=/path/to/dumpfile
you can dump the 2nd partition of the primary master disk on an IDE bus to dumpfile.
This can be searched with "strings" and "grep" to recover the ASCII material you need.

Make sure that the partition which is going to host the dumpfile has more free space than the siye of the partition to be dumped.
If in doubt, ebay for a hard disk that serves as a temporary storage.

You can only recover data slicewise. but this is better than nothing.I once saved a Ph.D. thesis of a friend like this.


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