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Reclaim Deleted Files and Repair Filesystems on Linux

Jan 26, 2011, 10:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"Linux is as solid an operating system as you'll ever use -- but that doesn't mean that the hardware you're running it on is equally solid. Hard drives are as prone to errors as are file systems. And no matter how stable an OS is, it can't prevent you from accidentally deleting files and/or folders. But don't despair: Linux is equipped with a number of tools that can help you repair filesystem errors and reclaim deleted files.

"Which tools? To start, e2fsck, scalpel, and lsof will get you the farthest. Let's take a look at how each of these can be used to help your file systems be free of errors and your files be freed from accidental deletion. Checking Ext2/Ext3/Ext4 Filesystems with e2fsck

"The e2fsck utility takes after the original UNIX fsck utility, but is used to check the Ext2/Ext3/Ext4 family of filesystems. It's used to check, and repair, filesystems that have been shut down uncleanly or otherwise developed errors."

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