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I lost everything 25 years of photos and stories ect.

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When I re-installed Linux I forgot to disconect my externial hard drive

now it is unreadable with linux stuff and partations, it is not even called seagate drive anymore?

Is there any way to recover what was there? where does it go?

thanks

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C-man wrote:When I re-installed Linux I forgot to disconect my externial hard drive

now it is unreadable with linux stuff and partations, it is not even called seagate drive anymore?

Is there any way to recover what was there? where does it go?

thanks

C-
You can try TestDisk. You'll have to install it. Parted Magic may also help; it has DDRescue.

[url]http://partedmagic.com/doku.php[/url]
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Did your external drive come preformatted with a Windows filesystem?

If so, you would do better using Windows data recovery apps on it.

The recuva app does a decent job but the best ones require purchasing a license.

And, they have to be run in MS Windows.
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Paragon Backup & Recovery Free is good; you have to register, but it's still free. I have used Paragon software, on and off, for years, and have always been pleased. TestDisk is good, but I think some things just can't be recovered. I very recently lost a lot of very personal data, too. :( It sucks, I know.

Windows app', by the way:
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/download.html

Whatever you do use, be very careful, because the last thing you want to do, is throw a load of random stuff at your disk, possibly making it even more of a mess. I think there's a tool out there that can restore the files to another device, so as to leave the damaged partition(s) intact.

I honestly have NO idea, at all, as to to how installing Linux has affected your external HDD. I have two external HDDs, and have installed Linux a few times, with them perfectly free from interference. :\ So, I'm a bit confused. Hopefully, you're just being blonde about something, and luckily still have all the info; wishful thinking, I guess. xD

Best of luck.
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It's very unlikely that the install of linux on your main drive would touch anything on your external drive. Was the external drive used with windows? Another windows machine should be able to mount it and read it. Got an old windows friend?

Only problem I might see is if you encrypted the drive in windows. Then I'm not sure how to read the encryption.

Go plug that drive into a windows machine.
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I tried pluging it into my wifes laptop with windows 8

but still the same 2 files of linux stuff, it is a 500 gb hard drive, now it reads as 2 drives one with 244gb and the other with 252gb

I am blonde and don't know much I keep reading here but find things hard to understand.

just wonder where all that stuff would go? surely it must be somewhere?
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C-man wrote:
I tried pluging it into my wifes laptop with windows 8

but still the same 2 files of linux stuff, it is a 500 gb hard drive, now it reads as 2 drives one with 244gb and the other with 252gb

I am blonde and don't know much I keep reading here but find things hard to understand.

just wonder where all that stuff would go? surely it must be somewhere?
That's odd... if linux created those partions and formated them, then windows shouldn't be able to read them and should not see any files.

How do you know it is linux stuff? What are the file names that you see?

As other people have mentioned, don't do anything radical that might reformat the drive, because the files might actually still be there.

By the way, I have a huge archive of family photos also, and a tip I can give you (when this ordeal is over) is to use redundant flash drives for backup. Use your hard drive as your "master" file dump area. Back into TWO flash drives every month or so. If you lose your hard drive, you normally go for your backup. If your backup is lost or dead, you go for the backup of the backup. =-} Then you use that last remaining backup to refresh your harddrive and your secondary backup. If a hurricane comes, you throw ONE flash drive in your luggage and leave town. With a redundancy of three I have never lost a file since Regan was a young man. =-}


Anyway, what are the file names that you see when reading that drive with windows? It might give a clue as to where your files went.
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Thanks, I wish I knew how do do a screen shot

I will have a look, be right back
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there is just a bunch of green folders with stuff like;

bin boot dev ect home lib media sys tmp

and one with a windos emblem says wmlinuz but it just opens a banshee player
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C-man wrote:there is just a bunch of green folders with stuff like;

bin boot dev ect home lib media sys tmp

and one with a windos emblem says wmlinuz but it just opens a banshee player
Well, those are the root directories of linux. This doesn't look good. It looks like the install formatted it into some windows detectable file system and installed it self there. I can't believe that windows can read it.

This isn't just a mint question, so you also might get more expert advice about file recovery from other groups like ubuntu. Just don't say your using mint =-}.

Make the subject of the thread "Recover windows files after linux format?".

Sorry, I can't take you any further.
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My computor is brand new, and never had any OS other than Mint installed

however the HDD was installed from windows and some stuff from Mac
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when I go to my computor it has 4 things now

the normal HD computer:///INTEL%20SSDMCEAC120B3.drive

then it has 2 USB symbels that is the externial HDD with about 1/2 of the 500 gb in each both with Linux root files

then it also has a file system that looks like another HD symble that has again the same Linux root files inside

The largest file is 1gb when first opened then it keeps going to over 4 gb adding things all the time?
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Restore original partition table using TestDisk program.

Code: Select all

sudo apt-get install testdisk
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step
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Thanks, I was able to install it but unable to run it, or even find it for that matter.

acording to the instructions: Under Unix/Linux/BSD, you need to be root to run TestDisk (ie. sudo testdisk-6.13/testdisk_static)

I typed in this comand and it does not reconize it.
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hi this a similar thing about 1 yrs ago just try to reinstalled window 7 or what everer on to other drive then use Power Data Recovery it work form me, linux was installed in that drive and wipe out every thing picture Data,movie but got every thing back using Power Data Recovery it's Fantastic.Ray


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i finally figured out how to start testdisk , simple comand---- sudo testdisk

would have beed nice if they would tell you that! seems common that with computor talk they go to deep too quick and bypass step 1.

this youtube video was very helpfull http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EncqYP1ijFg

Acording to testdisk I have 1 parttition that is 112 gb and too large to restore, that could be my stuff? I don't think linux root files could be that BIG

I think what I need to do is delete some of the extra linux files to make room, but not sure which ones? I don't want to delete something wrong by mistake!
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C-man wrote:Acording to testdisk I have 1 parttition that is 112 gb and too large to restore, that could be my stuff? I don't think linux root files could be that BIG

I think what I need to do is delete some of the extra linux files to make room, but not sure which ones? I don't want to delete something wrong by mistake!
Just select a different partition for restored files. The partition can be located on separe hard drive, etc.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loDGwKWL00g
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If you have no luck might be worth checking this out,

http://www.remosoftware.com/remo-recover-windows-pro
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C-man wrote:When I re-installed Linux I forgot to disconect my externial hard drive

now it is unreadable with linux stuff and partations, it is not even called seagate drive anymore?

Is there any way to recover what was there? where does it go?

thanks

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Please open a terminal window and issue the command "sudo fdsisk -l" and paste the output here. Please make sure the external disk in question is also connected. Are you familiar with the application called Mumble? It is used for voice chatting over the internat. With sensitive issues like this, it is usually better to be speaking to someone live instead of using the forums. IRC is also a good communication tool.
The instructions suggested Windows XP or better, so I installed Linux :)
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Usage:
fdisk [options] <disk> change partition table
fdisk [options] -l <disk> list partition table(s)
fdisk -s <partition> give partition size(s) in blocks

Options:
-b <size> sector size (512, 1024, 2048 or 4096)
-c[=<mode>] compatible mode: 'dos' or 'nondos' (default)
-h print this help text
-u[=<unit>] display units: 'cylinders' or 'sectors' (default)
-v print program version
-C <number> specify the number of cylinders
-H <number> specify the number of heads
-S <number> specify the number of sectors per track

craig@craig-desktop ~ $

I take it you ment fdisk but you spelled it diferently
i agree chatting would be better, but big time difference with me in Australia

big thanks the help!
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