Did something stupid and need help (ext3 data recovery)
My situation seems to be rather unique after browsing around searching for a solution:
I have the following setup with two disks:
SDA1 => /boot (~1GB)
SDA2 => / (~3 GB of 240GB)
SDB1 => /data (ALL my personal files ~250GB)
I accidentally attempted to create a software RAID partition across SDA1 and SDB1 and succeeded (a la mdadm --create /dev/md0 --level=1 --raid-devices=1 /dev/sda1 /dev/sdb1). ALL of my personal files were sitting on SDB1 venerable and are now gone in place of files that were on SDA1 (vmlinuz, grub.conf, etc.).
My question is did ALL of the data outside of the first gigabye get wiped clean in the RAID device creation? The synchronization from mdadm finished quickly so I would think not. What chance do I have at recovering the data beyond the first GB on SDB1 and what methods might I use to attempt recovery?
MANY MANY Thanks in advance!
Testdisk not finding anything...
I could be utilizing Testdisk incorrectly but it does not seem to be picking up anything or finding data on the drive. I am using the last set of instructions found here:
Data Recovery Examples - CGSecurity
This does not find the data. I have done deepscans with testdisk and not had any luck either.
I have had luck with PhotoRec but unforntunately the files come back as a big glob of crap (f13426462.txt, f231451235.jpg, f34141532.tar.gz, etc.)... Is there anyway to recover the directory structure / file names?
I had heard mentioned before the suggestion to DD an image as a backup file and then parse out the files from this? Is this a possible solution? How might one go about doing the DD and parsing?