sean finney on 14 Apr 2005 20:47:05 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] undo mkfs?

On Thu, Apr 14, 2005 at 02:17:56PM -0400, Art Alexion wrote:
> Is there any way to undo an errant mkfs.ext3?  When deleting some other
> partitions, I hadn't noticed that what was once hde3 had been made hde2
> upon exiting cfdisk.  I executed mkfs on the wrong partition.  Haven't
> written anything else to it.  Is there anyway to recover the data?

yes, but probably not the filesystem itself.  first things first, take
a dd of the partition and hold onto it somewhere.  then, take a look
at the coroners toolkit/lazarus to see what you can grab off of the
disk.  there's a good chance there will be recoverable data, but it will
definitely take a large amount of time, so it's up to you to decide
whether or not it's a worthwhile effort ;/


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