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Old 07-28-2004, 06:43 PM   #1
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What to do when a partition is screwed.


Ok so I decided to post this due to a recent problem I had and found NO SYMPATHY on this site.

I decided to install an alpha version of ARK linux cause they said they were working on an easy install like windows. So when it came to partitioning there is an option that say use whats available. Well I already had a ext2 partition and a gig swapfile partition I decided to let it do its thing. Sadly enough I will never suggest anyone do this. It formated both my 80gig drive and 120 gig drive. On the 80 gig drive it setup a 1 gig swap partition and 79 gig ext2 on the 120 gig it wiped everything and installed system files.

Hey now, I had files on those drive on fat32 partitions that I wanted. So I came here. If I am not mistaken the best advice was from a fedora rep who said something along the lines to someone else.... your screwed.

I knew better. I found a program for windows called Active@ File recovery. It cost me $50. I ripped my hardrive out of my win98 box, installed it into my linux box and started retrieving my files. Now not all files will be recovered. And you have to have a place to move the recovered files to. But you can get them back.

This is because formating never wipes a disc clean. Old partition files will be left on there. Your data is still on the drive. So long as the files were not over written by your new install you should be able to get them back for the most part. So never fear there are possibilities that your linux guru won't tell you. There are similar products for linux but I do not think they will retrieve fat32.

And as a side note if you ever want to truly get rid of a file you have to low level format (which writes zeroos to your entire drive). There are some programs that do this to unused spaces.


Hope this long message helps someone in need. And if your installing ark..... be careful.
 
Old 07-29-2004, 08:19 AM   #2
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Old 08-11-2004, 02:32 PM   #3
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DAMN! I'd kill myself if an entire partition would be wiped like that!
 
Old 08-11-2004, 02:47 PM   #4
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DAMN! I'd kill myself if an entire partition would be wiped like that!
Well we are not talking 1 partition but actually like 8 partitions on two hard drives. I mean total loss of all data on both drives. It sucked.

Oh and I stupidly lost the data after retrieving it due to I tried installing ark linux again and this time disabled the drives in the bios. Hey it still found them. I would have to have UNPLUGED the drive to have saved them.
 
Old 08-12-2004, 02:09 PM   #5
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Ouch.

Do you really have to install Ark Linux?

Why not try another distro? The friendliest install I've tried is Mandrake and its also downloadable.
 
Old 08-12-2004, 02:20 PM   #6
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Ouch.

Do you really have to install Ark Linux?

Why not try another distro? The friendliest install I've tried is Mandrake and its also downloadable.
Indeed! But sometimes the partitioning tool gives errors, believe me.

To me once (or twice) said that two partitions were overlapping and as such, he couldn't do
jack to my disk. Next thing I knew was that not even Windows XP was able to install.
I couldn't do anything! On a NTFS Partition!

Moral of the story: If you mess with partitions, at least backup your important files.

I've lost my entire site with this adventure. Now I'm screwed.
 
Old 08-12-2004, 02:35 PM   #7
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Yup, that's why I only trust cfdisk when it comes to partitioning. If it says its partitioning /dev/hda then it's really /dev/hda.
 
  


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