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Thread: Can I boot into Wubi or at least recover Wubi files when root.disk is 0kb in size?

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    Re: Can I boot into Wubi or at least recover Wubi files when root.disk is 0kb in size

    The only files I absolutely must recover are a handful of C++ files and headers. Photorec seems like a good option because it ignores the file system, but the website doesn't say it supports .cpp files (it supports .c and .h files though). Are there any other tools?

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    Re: Can I boot into Wubi or at least recover Wubi files when root.disk is 0kb in size

    I've read that its extremely difficult to remove all the information from a hard disk. Theoretically, a disk could be buried in the ocean for a hundred years and still be recoverable.

    If the FBI wanted to search my poor old disk for .cpp files, what would their options be?

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    Re: Can I boot into Wubi or at least recover Wubi files when root.disk is 0kb in size

    I don't know of a Win based recovery tool that can locate and read files from a deleted Linux file system inside Windows and would have search . The first recommendation from most tutorials I have seen state to stop using the computer immediately because the data degrades the more the system is used.

    Any recovery tool would require the ability to read deleted ext files and run in Windows. http://www.differencebetween.com/dif...s-file-system/
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    Re: Can I boot into Wubi or at least recover Wubi files when root.disk is 0kb in size

    There is the possibility that this is a "new" version of root.disk that is zero-length and an older version still exists on the drive. Since this file existing inside a Windows filesystem, you would do best using Windows data recovery utilities to try to get it back.

    Since your data was on a Windows partition, my suggestions are the following:
    [NOTE: If your PC has a working copy of MS Windows on it, skip to step 4]
    1) Find someone with a working MS Windows PC
    2) Remove your drive from this PC.
    3) Connect your old drive to the MS Windows PC.
    4) Download and install the trial version of RecoverMyFiles from Runtime Software in MS Windows.
    5) Right-click the RecoverMyFiles shortcut and select "Run as Administrator"
    6) Select the option to Recover a Drive
    7) You will get a list of drive, scroll down to find the one for your USB stick or memory card
    8) Select Automatic Driver recovery, press Start button
    9) It will run for a while but when done, will show a directory tree in the left pane. Do NOT interrupt it.
    10) When done, browse the folders in the directory tree -- and be SURE to check the filesizes of the files you want to recover. If the filesize is zero, the file is trashed and you will NOT be able to recover it.

    If the files look OK, you will need to contact Runtime Software to purchase a license for the recovery. You won't have to reinstall the app; instead, they will email you an activation code which you can use to turn on the recovery feature.

    According to their website, the "standard" version of the app is $70 USD. They also have a Pro version for $99 dollars, but if you go to the website below, you can compare the features and (at least for me) the extra cost wasn't worth it:

    http://www.recovermyfiles.com/data-r...e-purchase.php

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    Re: Can I boot into Wubi or at least recover Wubi files when root.disk is 0kb in size

    I've run RecoverMyFiles over drive C. In the results of recovered files, I've sorted through a list of things called "root.disk".

    The root.disk's from 8/3/13 (when I started having my problems) are 0kb, but the rest of them don't even mention a size. The size fields are just blank. Are these files trashed or recoverable?

    EDIT: In the viewer at the bottom of the screen, I've selected "TEXT", but absolutely nothing is showing. Could my root.disk be renamed/reformated/misplaced or is this the end of the line?
    Last edited by XKRh8WA; August 26th, 2013 at 04:27 PM.

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    Re: Can I boot into Wubi or at least recover Wubi files when root.disk is 0kb in size

    I think Marks suggestion is the end of the line. Renaming a 0 byte root disk won't change its volume.
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