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LinuxMonth: Undeleting files under Linux with mc

Apr 13, 2000, 14:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by William Stearns)

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"While I'm sincerely hoping that you never see hundreds of needed files evaporating at high speed, I'd like you to be ready when that day comes. You'll probably want to do this as root; we'll be mounting and unmounting partitions and working with raw drive partitions. This may be especially necessary if, like in the following example, you'll be unmounting a partition like /home."

  • "Get a copy of Midnight Commander on your system.

    While it's certainly not the only program that could have the undelete ability, it's the program with which I'm most familiar. These days, MC contains the undelete code by default. If your distribution doesn't have it, get a copy from http://www.gnome.org/mc/ and install it.

    The best time to do this is before you delete the files - you want to make as few changes as possible to a filesystem from which you hope to recover files."

  • "Unmount the partition with the erased file(s).
    ...
    You should not attempt to undelete files from a mounted partition - you risk corrupting the drive."
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