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  1. #1

    Cannot launch TestDisk

    I am brand new at Linux and there are still lots of things I have to learn.
    And, therefore, I prefer to ask.
    (A friend of mine once said there were more dumb people than persons who ask.)

    Well, following suggestion from devils casper in a previous thread I installed TestDisk in my Fedora 12 system through the add/remove software tool.
    Now, I do not see how to launch the program.
    There is no call in any of the applications menus.

    I also searched along the disk.
    I found files and folders at different locations
    Some documentations at
    /usr/share/doc/ and at
    and some locked folders at /var/yum/yumdb/t

    I simply do not know how to launch the program.
    Any suggestion?
    Last edited by mackissack; 01-16-2010 at 07:56 PM. Reason: Write down the name of a moderator whose suggestion I was following

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    I think Testdisk is a command line program, it doesn't use a GUI like most programs do and furthermore, Testdisk is generally meant to be used on unmounted filesystems, so launching it from the command line of a running OS will work, it isn't a good idea. I'd get partedmagic and run it from USB drive or a LiveCD.
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    I agree with MikeTbob that you should consider running TestDisk from a liveCD such as Parted Magic. You can find the documentation for using it here:

    TestDisk - CGSecurity

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    Thank you for you welcome, MikeTbob.
    On the other hand, ozar, I apologize myself for not reading thoroughly.

    Yes, at the url you told me there is the following:
    Precompiled binaries
    The following instructions will download the archive and run TestDisk or PhotoRec.
    wget testdisk-6.7.linuxstatic.tar.bz2
    tar xjf testdisk-6.7.linuxstatic.tar.bz2
    cd testdisk-6.7/linux

    TestDisk and PhotoRec must be run as root:
    Using sudo: sudo ./testdisk_static, sudo ./photorec_static
    Using su: su -c ./testdisk_static, su -c ./photorec_static
    Disk Geometry
    You may have to use the Geometry menu to enter the correct disk geometry.

    So, I'll try.

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