I have a system that was recently reformatted/reinstalled.

However, somebody forgot to check the backups...sigh. Backup drive is a write-off (faked flash drive capacity)

Anyhow, there were two partitions on the harddisk that we're concerned about, one NTFS 30Gb, and one BTRFS 30Gb.

I assume the BTRFS partition is a write-off, since there's no few recovery tools for BTRFS.

With the NTFS drive, the original partition was formatted (in the Windows 7 installer), and Windows installed on top, so the first 15Gb are essentially gone.

I've just made a image of the partition as it currently stands, using dcfldd. I assume that's enough to do a recovery from, as opposed to the whole drive, since I just did a reformat, and re-used the same partition?

Any advice on particular tools to re-enact the recovery? Basically, I'd like to scrub it for any files at all that I can pull.

Opensource tool that work under *nix are preferred, but quite frankly, right now, I'll take anything...lol.

Thanks, Victor

  • I have nothing useful to add (sorry) but wanted to express sympathy. It's crap when something like that happens. Good luck finding the files.
    – MadHatter
    Nov 1 '10 at 12:26

I used http://www.piriform.com/recuva last time I had to recover files from Windows.

There's also a tool called ntfsundelete for linux. I haven't tested it, though.


For NTFS, how about TestDisk and/or PhotoRec?


Try TestDisk, made by the same guys as PhotoRec.



I've been using GetDataBack both FAT and NTFS for lost partitions or overriden partitions, it saved my life many times!


Hope this help!


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