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

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!

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### The question has been 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.

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

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

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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.

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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/

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• CDRoller: Recovers data from [[optical disc]]s.
• Data LifeSaver (now "EASIS Data Recovery"): Data recovery for [[File Allocation Table|FAT]] and [[NTFS]] file systems.
• Disk Drill Basic: Data recovery application for Mac OS X.
• dvdisaster: Generates error-correction data for optical disc.
• FileSalvage: A Mac OS X recovery program.
• Foremost (software)|Foremost: A [[Command-line interface|CLI]] file recovery program for Linux.
• GetDataBack: A Windows recovery program.
• IsoBuster: Recovers data from optical discs.
• RollBack Rx: Recovers files and folders from crashed disks
• Norton Utilities: A suite of utilities that has a file recovery component.
• PhotoRec: Multi-platform CLI program used to recover files.
• Recuva: Microsoft Windows 2000 & later, FAT and NTFS.
• Recover My Files: Microsoft Windows 2000 & later, FAT, NTFS and HFS.
• TestDisk: Multi-platform. Recover files and lost [[Disk partitioning|partitions]].
• TotalRecovery: Microsoft Windows. Bootable backup and recover system.
• Drive Vaccine: Microsoft Windows Auto Restore of files on Reboot
• TuneUp Utilities: Microsoft Windows XP & later. A suite of utilities that has a file recovery component.
• Power Data Recovery: Microsoft Windows data recovery tool. Support FAT, NTFS, HFS file system.
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TestDisk has its own live system. You can use that or just install it in Fedora. It is very powerful and helped me rescue some files on a deleted SD card.

( 2013-01-30 23:28:42 +0000 )edit
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These are all valid answers, but many of them are out of scope. I think it would be more appropriate to answer within context here - solutions that can be provided by Fedora.

( 2013-02-06 07:27:25 +0000 )edit

( 2013-04-01 00:59:15 +0000 )edit

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.

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Hello,

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.

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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?

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

Maybe you can do data recovery on Windows XP firstly

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