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Data recovery ??
« on: February 14, 2020, 03:46:52 pm »
Hi I tried peppermint 10 then installed to my backup external hard drive. Can I get my old data back??

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Re: Data recovery ??
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2020, 12:14:02 am »
Hi kloin99,

Are you saying that you installed Peppermint 10 onto the external drive that contained your backed-up personal files?  :-\
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Re: Data recovery ??
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2020, 02:38:10 am »
Hi Slim,

Yes I know it's totally stupid.  When I look at the external drive it only shows the is files. Drrrr :-(

 >:( .

Thanks kloin99

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Re: Data recovery ??
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2020, 02:49:43 am »
The Operating system files.

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Re: Data recovery ??
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2020, 05:04:52 am »
Hi kloin99,

I'm sorry to say that unless you are an expert at data recovery, or take your drive to such an expert, your personal data files are most probably gone.  :-[

I doubt that anyone can simply walk you through such data recovery. If you wish to take your drive to a data recovery expert, you should not use the drive at all until then because the more you use it, writing new files, erasing others, etc. the less chance there will be for anything to be recovered.


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Re: Data recovery ??
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2020, 03:12:35 pm »
Data recovery is a tough nut but it can be cracked.  I've used the following programs to varying degrees of success.  I had formated an external hard drive several times.  The first time I used TestDisk and PhotoRec I filled my hard drive up to the point I couldn't boot into the system.  I had no idea what I did.  The only way the programs work are in root and the files are saved with root access only.  It took me some time to figure it out.  It found multiple instances of the same image because I had backed them up after each format.  The programs work only too well.  If you want to use programs like these read, read, read all you can about them.  I'm not telling you this is what you should use, just that it's an option.

https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download

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Re: Data recovery ??
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2020, 10:16:48 am »
this might help me with my issue, which I just notice is similar to this one.
I do have most of my data on a second drive, but there are some specific files that I have not had a chance to backup yet.  in my case due to being tired and forgetting to do proper backup steps. 
In my case, I would say 99% of my data is backed up on the second drive, it might be only 90%... since I don't remember the last time I synced...
But I do know that I have some important files that are NOT yet backed up made during the last few days ((((
I will try your option.
BTW I used to know a Danish... or Dutch... guy... I don't remember which, who could in fact fix these exact type of issues... in a semi automatic way
but it has been at least a decade since the last time I talked with him and I don't even know if I can find his information now
I will look for that information too

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Re: Data recovery ??
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2020, 10:27:54 am »
I would suggest, if you are using windows still, to look up minitool.  This seems to have a good result with my external HDD. in a few minutes I could see that I had a lost partition and most of the files were recoverable, even after a few mintues.  but given the size of my drive, it will be twelve hours more before it can tell me for certain if i can recover everything

I would recommend using TestDisk.  but be careful.  make sure you understand every step so that you do the right thing
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Re: Data recovery ??
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2020, 10:35:40 am »
I'm glad it worked out for you PrntHPM.  Yes, TestDisk is powerful.