Testdisk data recovery is very easy indeed.

Posted: September 22, 2011. At: 8:25 PM. This was 6 years ago. Post ID: 1983

Testdisk recovering a partition table on a 500GiB hard disk.
Testdisk recovering a partition table on a 500GiB hard disk.

I have recently corrupted a hard disk on my machine by accidentally typing fdisk -I /dev/ads:12 in FreeBSD and overwriting the partition table. Therefore I am using testdisk from http://www.cgsecurity.org. I got this installed on Sabayon by typing emerge testdisk and waiting a couple of minutes. After this, I selected the /dev/sda device and performed a deep search of partitions and I am able to recover my Debian installation. The testdisk software is the best solution for attempting to recover your files that you previously thought were lost.

Get more information from the Wiki website here: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk.

Update: I have finished the testdisk operation and I managed to recover my Debian installation on /dev/sda. This shows how good this software is. The two NTFS partitions are damaged and can not be recovered, but the Debian installation is what mattered.

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