HELP pls - rescue data from usb

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HELP pls - rescue data from usb

Postby andy chung on Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:05 pm

Have copied lot of photos from windows to 32gb usb. planning to put them onto my linux.
but now majority of files are not showing in usb. worse is that the original files have been removed from windows.

df tells that 6gb has been used up and 26gb left in usb. however only some of the files (500 mb) show and could be copied to linux.

hope that the files are still somewhere in usb. am thinking to try,
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dd_rescue /dev/sdb1 /dev/sda5/backup.img        --- hope to create an image file in root folder
fsck -y /dev/sda5/backup.img        ---- hope to repair the image file
mount /dev/sda5/backup.img /mnt/recoverydata              --- hope that all my files in usb would appear in /mnt/recoverydata

Unluckily I am noob to linux and unsure if the above steps are correct.
Advice appreciated. Tks.
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Re: HELP pls - rescue data from usb

Postby Mark Phelps on Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:17 pm

When you say USB, I presume you mean "stick" not "hard drive", right?

If that's true, then I have bad news -- the data is probably gone. I've gone through USB stick after another on my Android phones -- which seem to "eat" them. Since they were formatted by default to FAT32, I tried various (and expensive!) data recovery apps to get the photos and videos back -- without any success at all.

If you feel like experimenting and have access to a Windows PC, you could try installing the trial version of data recovery apps from Runtime Software (they are among the best out there) and seeing if they find anything. They will let you search and discover files for free, just not save them to another drive or media. You have to purchase a license (on line) for that.
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Re: HELP pls - rescue data from usb

Postby daveinuk on Sun Dec 22, 2013 8:44 am

How was the us stick (if it was a stick?) formatted?? Have you tried ctrl+h to see any hidden files/trash on the stick on linux? If it's showing near 6gb used something is on there . . . .
there are a number of recovery app's you can install in the package manager, I'd try everthing you can find first.
What can you see if the drive's plugged back into your windows machine?
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