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Old 05-12-2010, 12:33 AM   #1
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how to recover lost mp3s for free, using photorec, find, xargs and "EasyTag"

Msec was deleting unowned files from my /home partition

moved mp3's off etx3 partition to fat32 partition to share whilst working within windows xp land
and out of Msec's long hands. Eventually I had no access to the files permissions from
GNU/Linux. During previous attempts to fix the permission problem, I had copied the data off the
disk, changed the attributes under ext4 (this time), formatted the disk and copied
anyway, it didn't work.

suitable for one user system users, administrators and technicians
time to do? 45Min approx.

programs used,
GNU/Linux (Mandriva 2010.1) Kernel
Photorec partition data recovery tool
find to list and sort files
EasyTag to recover file names from tags

read it here on my LQ Blog.

Cheers, Regards Glenn
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I use testdisk to recover deleted files, although it does much more than that. Testdisk is a very powerful disk recovery tool, and it is a console program. Be very careful while using it because it can also recover deleted partitions, etc. which means that you could inadvertently muck up your hard drive's partition structure if you are careless. Take your time, and read everything on the screen.

Best of luck,
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Same software company, Ernie. Photorec is good for just recovering certain file types.

Which is much quicker than the entire drive. 45min, for 30 odd gig of media files.

Then I had to find the file names, but once I found a tool that was fairly reliable,

I just had to share the technique. ;-)

I've used test disk too, and dd_rhelp for full disk recovery.

Thanks for the input.

Regards Glenn

ps, It is 8 pages long, so I put it up on the blog. I'm still working out the proper formating to use as you can tell. wip!

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