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Date:      Sun, 16 Sep 2018 17:51:29 +0200
From:      Polytropon <>
To:        Victor <>
Cc:        FreeBSD List <>
Subject:   Re: Recover Fat32 files from a usb hd overwritten with a Freebsd image
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On Sun, 16 Sep 2018 17:37:27 +0200, Victor wrote:
> Il giorno 15/set/2018, alle ore 21:10, Polytropon ha scritto:
> > ...........
> > By the way, are you sure it's FAT? Who uses FAT today? In
> > "Windows" land, external disks tend to be formatted with
> > NTFS, so in addition to the following information, you
> > might consider checking if tools from the "ntfsprogs"
> > package (here: ntfscat, ntfsinfo, ntfsclone, ntfsfix,
> > or ntfsundelete) could be usable.
> > 
> > 
> Thank you very much indeed for your detailed instruction.
> I'll have a go at magicrescue.

Yes, that seems to be the best bet so far. When you have
the result files, check them with an image viewer. Also
keep in mind that magicrescue _can_ (and will) recover
files that have been deleted intendedly, so prepare for
duplicate files. (The script I wrote would deal with
those special cases, too.)

> By the way the reason why  I think I initially had formatted
> the usb device as Fat32 is that I used Disk Utility of Mac OS X
> where the format is labelled as "MSDOS(FAT)" (the other windows
> format is "exFAT").  Maybe I could be wrong ....

No, that is fully correct. This setting will create a FAT-32
filesystem, which "Windows" can typically use (with the specific
limitations of FAT and "Windows", of course). "ExFAT" is a
proprietary extension of FAT aimed primarily at SSDs, USB
sticks, and memory cards.

You can forget about the NTFS part. :-)

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
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