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Thread: Recover data from previous partition?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    Red face Recover data from previous partition?

    So I installed jaunty overtop an old jaunty install on an older computer just to have a basic computer for a friend of mine to use. Well it turns out there was important information that I need to retrieve from the previous install, yet I do not have any of the proper tools required to get at such data. Couldn't find anything about it in the forums but if it is there and I overlooked it, please feel free to direct me to the proper post.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    SW Forida
    Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: Recover data from previous partition?

    Once you overwrote it there may not be much to recover. Writes are somewhat random onto drive.

    But I have used photorec to recover totally lost data. It scans drive for anything that looks like a file by type. You do not recover file names. I had saved a lot of text files many times. It found all the old versions, so I never knew if I found the last saved, but with older backup and lots of grepping & comparing files got most of my data back. Very long process, both the scan & file comparing.

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