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Date:      Thu, 17 Jan 2008 20:22:34 -0500
From:      "Michael Hawkins" <cypheros@gmail.com>
To:        "Enno Davids" <enno.davids@metva.com.au>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: disk recovery tools...
Message-ID:  <9a7bbc700801171722g560cbd09j8c4528a6133bf744@mail.gmail.com>
In-Reply-To: <20080117224841.GA1162@bashful.metva.com.au>
References:  <20080117224841.GA1162@bashful.metva.com.au>

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>From professional experience as a data recovery technician, I can tell
you that ufs2 drives are among the hardest to recover from after a
format.  So far the best applications that I have found for recovering
data in a situation like this are testdisk and Easy Recovery
Professional (by Kroll Ontrack).  Obviously the ideal situation would
be to get your data back in its original form, so I would try testdisk
first.  If that fails, however, you are going to have to use ERP
(which cost money) to do a RAW recovery.  Please note, however, that
if you perform a RAW recovery,you will NOT recover the intact
filestructure, but instead, a set of folders with your files, and the
files will be renamed 'Fil001' followed by the extension.

I hope this helps,
Cypheros



On 1/17/08, Enno Davids <enno.davids@metva.com.au> wrote:
> Guys,
>
> moving disks from an old server to a new one I suffered from a moment of
> brain fade last night and newfs'ed a drive I shouldn't have. One of that
> new crop that is so large you won't have an adequate backup for it... :(
>
> So, just wondering if there are any disk recovery tools that might be able
> to find whats left of the files or some portion thereof. My guess is that
> things like the indirect blocks live on in the data area and some portion
> of what was there might be recoverable to a greater or lesser degree...
>
>
> Thanks in advance,
>
> Enno.
>
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