[plug] ext3grep- undeleting files on an ext3 partition

Andrew Furey andrew.furey at gmail.com
Fri Mar 28 14:09:21 WST 2008

On 28/03/2008, tim.bowden at westnet.com.au <tim.bowden at westnet.com.au> wrote:
> I've always been careful about using rm, but now I've come unstuck.
>  Yes, I ran it deliberately, thinking I was working on a copy of my
>  data.  Turns out I initially used mv, not cp when building my working
>  data set (contrary to my usual practice). I discovered that about 0.5
>  seconds after I used rm * to back out of some changes I was making to
>  a bunch of jpg's.  Yes, I felt like an idiot.  Unfortunately I can't
>  go back to the original source of the images: The internal memory of
>  my digital camera (now deleted), so I'm forced to try and undelete.
>  I'm looking at ext3grep for the job, but I'm wondering if anyone here
>  has tried it and can report on its effectiveness?  or any
>  alternatives that have worked for anyone.  Although I believe the
>  current wisdom is that it's not possible, a desperate man will grasp
>  at any straw!
>  I shut down the laptop asap, and will boot with a live cd to recover
>  an image of the disk before I go mucking around with it, so I know
>  the data is on there.  I even know the inodes used by most of the
>  files and file sizes.

I've had extremely good luck with magicrescue
(http://jbj.rapanden.dk/magicrescue/) in the past, especially with


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