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    Need help desperately: deleted a virtual machine with critical data un

    Hi all,

    I'm in a pretty messed-up situation, hope you can give me a hand.
    I deleted by accident a folder containing a VMware server virtual machine, that contains most critical information. The host OS is CentOS 5.5, which I believe by default uses Ext3.

    I shut down the PC intermediately after noticing this.
    Is there any chance of recovering the files? Would they be able to mount to the same or another virtual machine?

    I need to get this information somehow, there are no backups.

    Which software can I use?

    If anyone can help me recover this, you'll get a free book by amazon, you have my word.
    I'm THAT desperate.

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    Linux Guru Lakshmipathi's Avatar
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    You are using CentOS with ext3, On Centos you deleted VMware file.

    ext3grep - Project Hosting on Google Code
    umount the partition ASAP ; do not mount it again.

    If you turned the PC off in panic (and did not umount it), then do NOT start the PC again to "recover" and THEN umount, of course; in that case just work with the unclean image.
    So now DONOT restart your machine.

    Go through these Pages - ext3grep | Google Groups or their mailing list

    I would suggest you try with ext3grep first. May be drop a mail to their mailing explaning your problem and ask for guidance.
    I have seen people recovering their deleted files from ext3 using ext3grep.
    You still have chance to recover them

    detailed how to ext3grep -
    HOWTO undelete removed files and directories on an ext3 file system

    BTW - don't use giis tool - it won't be helpful in your case.
    First they ignore you,Then they laugh at you,Then they fight with you,Then you win. - M.K.Gandhi
    FOSS India Award winning ext3fs Undelete tool Online Linux Terminal

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