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Partition Recovery Help Needed

Post by limdis on Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:41 pm
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The situation is due to a typo; a wrong partition on an external drive was formatted via # mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb1.
Anyone gone through this that knows some recovery methods? I'm off to the store to buy another external so I can make an image.

-- Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:26 am --

<limdis> fuck. when i recover from this im going to simulate the exact same situation in a challenge
<limdis> so others will learn how to recover from this
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Re: Partition Recovery Help Needed

Post by e3cb on Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:40 am
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I hate data recovery :\ So, to start off I assume you know not to do anything with the disk xD You can make a live cd with Kali or BackTrack, each have wonderful recovery tools. Personally, the two I suggest are 1. TestDisk which can do all this and more:

Fix partition tables and recover deleted partitions
Recover the FAT32 boot sector from its backup
Rebuild the FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 boot sector
Fix FAT tables
Rebuild the NTFS boot sector
Recover the NTFS boot sector from its back-up
Locate the ext2/ext3/ext4 backup superblock
Undelete files from the FAT, exFAT, NTFS and ext2 filesystem
Copy files from the deleted FAT, exFAT, NTFS and ext2/ext3/ext4 partitions.

It is command line and runs off linux. It is fairly straight forward; here is a link to a Wiki on the tool which will help out a lot: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk The wiki has a lot of guides and picture tutorials on how to use it and how to properly and safely recover the lost files.

If this doesn't recover all the files which you want, I would suggest PhotoRec. Basically, all you do is boot it up, sleect disk > select partition > select file type signatures to look for > select partition on which your data *WAS* stored *BEFORE* format > push the button > smack my bitch up > ???? > profit. This tool is also command line and is pretty magical.

If you need any help, just yell at me on IRC or repost here! GL and have fun!
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Re: Partition Recovery Help Needed

Post by susanyloanen on Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:16 am
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e3cb wrote:I hate data recovery :\ So, to start off I assume you know not to do anything with the disk xD You can make a live cd with Kali or BackTrack, each have wonderful recovery tools. Personally, the two I suggest are 1. TestDisk which can do all this and more:

Fix partition tables and recover deleted partitions
Recover the FAT32 boot sector from its backup
Rebuild the FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 boot sector
Fix FAT tables
Rebuild the NTFS boot sector
Recover the NTFS boot sector from its back-up
Locate the ext2/ext3/ext4 backup superblock
Undelete files from the FAT, exFAT, NTFS and ext2 filesystem
Copy files from the deleted FAT, exFAT, NTFS and ext2/ext3/ext4 partitions.

It is command line and runs off linux. It is fairly straight forward; here is a link to a Wiki on the tool which will help out a lot: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk The wiki has a lot of guides and picture tutorials on how to use it and how to properly and safely recover the lost files.

If this doesn't recover all the files which you want, I would suggest PhotoRec. Basically, all you do is boot it up, sleect disk > select partition > select file type signatures to look for > select partition on which your data *WAS* stored *BEFORE* format > push the button > smack my bitch up > ???? > profit. This tool is also command line and is pretty magical.

If you need any help, just yell at me on IRC or repost here! GL and have fun!


TestDisk is powerful free data recovery software! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting a Partition Table). Partition table recovery using TestDisk is really easy.1
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Re: Partition Recovery Help Needed

Post by Goatboy on Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:39 pm
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susanyloanen wrote:TestDisk is powerful free data recovery software! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting a Partition Table). Partition table recovery using TestDisk is really easy.1

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