Ask Your Question

How can I recover files and partitions from hard disk? [closed]

asked 2013-01-30 03:20:34 +0000

Andrea Q gravatar image

updated 2013-06-04 04:35:53 +0000

I used to have windows xp, but there was an error in the hard disk. I tried installing a different operational system, but still I can't due to that error. The only way I can access to my computer is by using Fedora 17 live mode, but checking the file list I don't have any, not even partitions!

What can I do to recover files or back up? Thanks in advance!

edit retag flag offensive reopen merge delete

Closed for the following reason the question is answered, right answer was accepted by Akshay
close date 2013-12-22 04:36:24.644471


As I exploited Fat data recovery software to get back lost partition on my Windows system. It worked incredibly to restore all data from lost partition. Let me know which file system you are using so that I can suggest you the recovery tool.

ziggler081 ( 2013-02-28 16:07:11 +0000 )edit

Unfortunately, I think Andrea's hardware has failed, and recovery would be prohibitively expensive, if possible at all. Can you tell us the actual error?

randomuser ( 2013-03-09 07:41:23 +0000 )edit

5 answers

Sort by » oldest newest most voted

answered 2013-08-27 15:39:53 +0000

Gareth Jones gravatar image

updated 2013-08-27 15:41:37 +0000

Do you have another disk with enough free space for a full disk image?

If the disk is on its last legs, use ddrescue /dev/sdx /image/file/name.img /image/file/log.log (replacing the device and file names as appropriate). ddrescue will perform a linear read of the disk, which is far less stressful on the drive mechanics than trying to read files. Also, it won’t give up on errors, and tries various error recovery options that will hopefully get more data back than other methods.

Once you have an image file, you can use PhotoRec to recover actual files from it.

Both these tools are available in the Fedora repositories, so you can yum install … them while running the live CD.

edit flag offensive delete link more

answered 2013-12-21 10:49:08 +0000

I suggest you give a try to the free recovery software which helps recover data from formatted hard disk. more information from here: http://www.pcrecoverytools.com/

edit flag offensive delete link more

answered 2013-08-29 17:06:18 +0000

You can try “remo recover tool” to restore files from hard drive. Just give a try to it, May be this application get you out from above said problem.

edit flag offensive delete link more

answered 2013-03-14 09:59:29 +0000

rjohn gravatar image


You can also use Kernel for Windows Data Recovery which is one such proficient tool that can help you restore the virus infected corrupted and formatted data,This tool retrieving lost, inaccessible and permanently deleted files from windows partitions.

edit flag offensive delete link more


Hi, this is a Fedora support platform. Does 'Kernel for Windows Data Recovery' run on Fedora? If not, can you suggest any recovery software that does?

randomuser ( 2013-03-14 15:20:52 +0000 )edit

answered 2013-08-27 07:48:52 +0000

Maybe you can do data recovery on Windows XP firstly

edit flag offensive delete link more

Use your votes!

  • Use the 30 daily voting points that you get!
  • Up-vote well framed questions that provide enough information to enable people provide answers.
  • Thank your helpers by up-voting their comments and answers. If a question you asked has been answered, accept the best answer by clicking on the checkbox on the left side of the answer.
  • Down-voting might cost you karma, but you should consider doing so for incorrect or clearly detrimental questions and answers.


Asked: 2013-01-30 03:20:34 +0000

Seen: 4,956 times

Last updated: Dec 21 '13