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Old 08-24-2006, 10:51 AM   #1
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recovering lost data????


How do people recover data that has been lost due to deleting or formatting on accident? Is just a program you buy? If so, what is some of the better programs for the price.

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Old 08-24-2006, 12:06 PM   #2
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Depends on the data you want to recover. I recovered a bunch of files (jpgs, pdf, doc, xls, mov...) using foremost which is open source and free as in beer. There was a brief howto or success story somewhere in these forums, but I haven't been able to find it.

http://pcburn.com/mod.php?mod=userpage&page_id=87 shows how to find other types of files that aren't already searched by the default foremost install. Basically you have to find headers and footers...

Note that you're going to get back a lot of data and a lot of it is just junk. So be sure you have a few gigs of HD space for the recovered files and a lot of time to go through the files. Also, the files won't be named properly, so you have to open them each up (use thumbnails to go through the photos...).

I've never used any of the pay ones. If it's highly critical data, it'd probably be worth paying a professional service to do it...

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Old 08-25-2006, 08:17 AM   #3
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Will foremost work with Window's and Mac's also? At home I'm trying to learn Mepis, but at work we only have Mac's and Windows.
 
Old 08-25-2006, 11:27 AM   #4
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It only runs on linux, I believe (so theoretically you could run it from a liveCD). But it can recover files from windows systems (even NTFS). Never tried recovery on a Mac.

You might check out one of these and see if they have foremost in the program list:
http://www.darknet.org.uk/2006/03/10...sics-recovery/

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