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Re: [opensuse] Data recovery?
  • From: Joop Beris <opensuse@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 22:23:34 +0200
  • Message-id: <200809012223.41614.opensuse@xxxxxxxx>
On Monday 01 September 2008, Clayton wrote:

So... something is seriously wrong... obviously... but the question
is... is there any hope? Does anyone know any method, or tools
(Linux, Windows, whatever) that can be used to recover at least some
of the data?

Hi Clayton,

First of all, make an image of the entire drive using ddrescue or just plain
old dd and work on that image. That way, you won't make any mistakes you will
regret later.

I have successfully used a tool called "autopsy" in the past, to recover files
or even fragments of files out of a disk image. It's actually a tool for
forensic analysis of drives, but it can work on damaged drives too (images
I use it in combination with Sleuthkit, which provides a web interface to

Both are Linux tools, and both are in the openSUSE repos (at least for 10.3).

Good luck!

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