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    Request for Guidance Parted Magic Video Recovery


    Hi!

    May I please ask for some help on how to go about in trying to recover old pictures and videos using PhotoRec in a reformatted 80G HD. This is my first attempt to use Parted Magic and quite excited to see it in action. So, if you may allow me, please, I would be posting the outputs one by one. Thank you in advance!

    I am trying to recover the files from an IDE HD connected now to my laptop using a cable.

    Code:
    PhotoRec 6.11, Data Recovery Utility, April 2009
    Christophe GRENIER <grenier@cgsecurity.org>
    http://www.cgsecurity.org
    
      PhotoRec is free software, and
    comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
    
    Select a media (use Arrow keys, then press Enter):
    Disk /dev/sda - 250 GB / 232 GiB (RO) - ATA Hitachi HTS54252
    Disk /dev/sdb - 80 GB / 74 GiB (RO) - FUJITSU MHV2080AT
    Disk /dev/sr0 - 101 MB / 97 MiB (RO) - HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T50N
    
    
    [Proceed ]  [  Quit  ]
    
    Note:
    Disk capacity must be correctly detected for a successful recovery.
    If a disk listed above has incorrect size, check HD jumper settings, BIOS
    detection, and install the latest OS patches and disk drivers.
    Chose fujitsu and clicked "proceed" this is what I got:

    Code:
    PhotoRec 6.11, Data Recovery Utility, April 2009
    Christophe GRENIER <grenier@cgsecurity.org>
    http://www.cgsecurity.org
    
    
    Disk /dev/sdb - 80 GB / 74 GiB (RO) - FUJITSU MHV2080AT
    
    Please select the partition table type, press Enter when done.
    [Intel  ]  Intel/PC partition
    [EFI GPT]  EFI GPT partition map (Mac i386, some x86_64...)
    [Mac    ]  Apple partition map
    [None   ]  Non partitioned media
    [Sun    ]  Sun Solaris partition
    [XBox   ]  XBox partition
    [Return ]  Return to disk selection
    
    
    Note: Do NOT select 'None' for media with only a single partition. It's very
    rare for a drive to be 'Non-partitioned'.
    I chose "Intel"
    Code:
    PhotoRec 6.11, Data Recovery Utility, April 2009
    Christophe GRENIER <grenier@cgsecurity.org>
    http://www.cgsecurity.org
    
    Disk /dev/sdb - 80 GB / 74 GiB (RO) - FUJITSU MHV2080AT
    
         Partition                  Start        End    Size in sectors
         No partition             0   0  1  9729  80 63  156301488 [Whole disk]
     1 P FAT16 >32M               0   1  1  9552 254 63  153468882
     2 E extended              9553   0  1  9728 254 63    2827440
     5 L FAT16 >32M            9553   1  1  9728 254 63    2827377 [NO NAME]
    
    
    [ Search ]  [Options ]  [File Opt]  [  Quit  ]
                                  Start file recovery
    This is where I got stuck-up. The files I am trying to recover were saved on an ntfs partition. #1 & #3 are FAT16 so I tried to click 2 E extended and this is what it gave me:

    Code:
    PhotoRec 6.11, Data Recovery Utility, April 2009
    Christophe GRENIER <grenier@cgsecurity.org>
    http://www.cgsecurity.org
    
     2 E extended              9553   0  1  9728 254 63    2827440
    
    To recover lost files, PhotoRec need to know the filesystem type where the
    file were stored:
    [ ext2/ext3 ]  ext2/ext3/ext4 filesystem
    [ Other     ]  FAT/NTFS/HFS+/ReiserFS/...
    Then I clicked [Other}

    Code:
    PhotoRec 6.11, Data Recovery Utility, April 2009
    Christophe GRENIER <grenier@cgsecurity.org>
    CGSecurity
    
    Do you want to save recovered files in /ramdisk/root ? [Y/N]
    Do not choose to write the files to the same partition they were stored on.
    
    To select another directory, use the arrow keys.
    drwxr-xr-x     0     0       500 25-Dec-2009 12:46 .
    drwxrwxrwt     0     0       240 25-Dec-2009 12:16 ..
    drwxr-xr-x     0     0       160 12-Jun-2009 21:27 Desktop
    drwxr-xr-x     0     0        60 25-Dec-2009 12:17 Network_Settings
    lrwxrwxrwx     0     0         6 25-Dec-2009 12:15 media
    -rw-r--r--     0     0     40960 25-Dec-2009 12:45 photorec.ses
    -rw-r--r--     0     0       683  6-May-2008 22:43 readme.txt
    -rw-r--r--     0     0      2439 25-Dec-2009 12:16 xorg.conf.new
    I do not know how to proceed from this point. Thank you very much!
    nujinini
    Linux User #489667

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    There is a PhotoRec Step-By-Step HowTo that you can follow here:

    PhotoRec Step By Step - CGSecurity

    Hopefully it will help to get your files recovered.
    oz

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    Merry Christmas Oz,

    Thank you for the site you gave re Parted Magic. It took quite a little while to get to understand how to run PhotRec but now I am 90% done in the recovering of my deleted files. Pictures & mp3s. I notice that videos were not recovered since most if not all were corrupted.

    I have received some gifts this Christmas but I must say that knowing how to use Parted Magic is one of the top gifts I receive this season. The joy of learning how to recover lost family pictures and even some old music I never thought I had is something else. I had this live CD with me for months and its only now that I get to use and enjoy it.

    I know this is only a fragment of of what PM can do. Am looking forward to master the PM. Congratulations to the developers! Thanks OZ for introducing PM to me!

    By the way, regarding the videos? May I ask if its still possible to recover them?
    nujinini
    Linux User #489667

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