[olug] *sigh* Need a Linux / ext3 unerase tool...

Dan Linder dan at linder.org
Fri Apr 2 17:37:40 UTC 2010

On Fri, Apr 2, 2010 at 11:19, T. J. Brumfield <enderandrew at gmail.com> wrote:

> ext3 is really hard to recover files from sadly. The best thing to do
> is not to write *anything* to that drive for the time being.
> The last time I looked, this was the best solution:
> http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

Thanks for the pointers (Ben, TJ, and Jordan)...

Sadly my files are only a few home-made scripts so I don't have a good
template for them to use, and since they are so small I doubt there's much
these can do.

I did see that it's a "feature" of ext3 that it over-writes the first few
sectors of a file after deletion.  (

Sadly, I was moving files from my backup system (after freshly reformatting
my desktop) when I accidentally deleted a full directory instead of just a
file.  Didn't notice it until rsync had finished and _both_copies were now
gone. :-(

Live and learn I guess. :-)


Maybe I'll use "dd if=/dev/sda6 | strings | less" and search for some key
comments in the code that I do remember... :-/

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