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Offline ssfc72

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Undeleting a file using the Windows based Recuva program
« on: January 21, 2018, 11:52:53 pm »
So, I deleted a file document (I believe it may have been a pdf file) on my Mint 18 ( it was deleted and not just sent to the Trash folder).

I then realized I would like to try and undelete the file, to have another look at the contents.

I tried the command Line utility, Test Disk, which was already available on my Mint 18.  I tried to follow instructions, that I Googled, but the program seems to be quite complex and I could not get it working, following the instructions.
I also tried PhotoRec, which is also part of Test Disk, but again, I could not understand how to use the program.

I recalled using the Recuva, Windows OS based file recovery program and how easy it was to use that program.
I Googled for info on a Linux equivalent of Recuva and was surprised to read that the latest version of Recuva does recognize the Linux EXT3, EXT 4 etc., file system.

I rebooted my notebook into Windows 10 and ran the Recuva program and sure enough, Recuva did see my Linux EXT4 partitions.
I ran various searches for the deleted file and the results came back with a large listing of deleted files.
Unfortunately I did not see the file I was looking for, but at least I now know of an easy to use, Windows OS based program, that can recover files from a Linux EXT4 partition. :-)

Bill
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Re: Undeleting a file using the Windows based Recuva program
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2018, 02:57:52 am »
Cool, Bill. Thanks for sharing. I haven't tried to use one of those file recovery programs in a long time though I have InSync backing up all my data to Google drive on a regular basis so I probably wouldn't need it. But still good to know there is one out there.
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Re: Undeleting a file using the Windows based Recuva program
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2018, 07:20:40 am »
Is there a Linux equivalent of Recuva; anyone know?
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Re: Undeleting a file using the Windows based Recuva program
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2018, 04:02:48 am »
I've been thinking about that but haven't had the time lately to search for one. I think Recuva can be used from a flash drive which would let you use it with Linux without requiring Windows but I'm not sure. There really should be. Maybe it will be something I can someday write :)
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