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  1. #1

    Exclamation How do I recover FreeBSD files from a formatted partition?

    One time I was installing Windows on a server that had two hard drives: one empty one which I wanted to install Windows on, and a 30 GB hard drive from a PREVIOUS FREEBSD installation that had a UFS partition on it or what ever the FreeBSD 5 partition is...

    Anyway, I used the Windows installer and accidentally formated (into an NTFS partition; full format) the FreeBSD partition, instead of formatting the empty hard drive that I really wanted to install windows on.

    I basically had formatted a hard drive full of family photos, and I really want to recover the files. Currently my hard drive is an empty NTFS partition and I know my files are still there from the FreeBSD partition.

    Does anyone know of a fast way to recover lost FreeBSD files from an NTFS formatted hard drive?

    Thanks for your help!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2004
    arch linux
    Welcome to the forums!

    You might be able to recover them using either TestDisk and/or PhotoRec.

    Both can be found here:

    TestDisk - CGSecurity

    Good luck with your recovery efforts.

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