[CentOS] recover data on usb drive

Barry Brimer lists at brimer.org
Sun Feb 21 23:16:17 UTC 2010

> I did fdisk and removed the ext3 partition on my 500GB external USB drive,
> thinking I was working on a usb stick instead. ugh.
> then I did 'mkdosfs' on it. ugh ugh.
> Before messing with it any more at all, what good ideas can you all
> suggest for trying to get my data back?
> Please don't tell me it's all gone (though I"m afraid it is).

TestDisk <http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk>

TestDisk can

     * Fix partition table, recover deleted partition
     * Recover FAT32 boot sector from its backup
     * Rebuild FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 boot sector
     * Fix FAT tables
     * Rebuild NTFS boot sector
     * Recover NTFS boot sector from its backup
     * Fix MFT using MFT mirror
     * Locate ext2/ext3 Backup SuperBlock
     * Undelete files from FAT, NTFS and ext2 filesystem
     * Copy files from deleted FAT, NTFS and ext2/ext3 partitions.

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