Hard drive failure (and recovery)

Anyone who has been using computers for more than a few years is all too familiar with the sinking feeling you get when you realize that you have inadvertantly formatted the wrong hard drive.  I myself did this not long ago (Extrnal drive users beware!!) by accidentally deleting the partition table of my primary storage drive (an external USB HD).  I thought all was lost.  I have experimented with dozens of pieces of freeware and shareware to try and recover the data on an accidentally erased drive and have never had any success – until now!

Testdisk available here is a small but powerful partition recovery tool that I found not only easy to use – but extremely effective.  It is available for Windows (DOS – Vista), Linux (i386, Kernels 2.x4 and 2.6x SRPM), Mac OSX and OS2.

All my photos, music, applications etc… were recovered in the same directory structure that they were in before I brain farted them out of existence.

If you have the need to use this too – please donate to the authors.

Sto Sr

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