[CentOS] Retrive data from repartitioned / reformatted hard drive?

Mike McCarty Mike.McCarty at sbcglobal.net
Fri Jun 29 15:43:54 UTC 2007

Robert wrote:
> Niki Kovacs wrote:
>> Hi,
>> The title says it all. One of my clients showed me a 120 GB hard drive 
>> that his daughter accidentally formatted, according to him. I booted 
>> the first CD I had at hand - a Slackware 11.0 install CD - and 
>> launched cdfdisk /dev/hda. cfdisk informed me that there was even no 
>> partition table. So much for reformatting. cfdisk only shows me 120 GB 
>> of free space.
>> Any way to retrive data on this hard drive? Some magic live 
>> distribution to read data on repartitioned / reformatted hard drives? 
>> any suggestions?
> I have used testdisk with excellent results.  Read about its features, 
> capabilities and limitations at http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

That at least looks hopeful. Now is the time to instruct your clients
on the advisability of backups, I trow. I know, the cows are already
out of the barn.

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