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Re: How to recover an integer ext3 partition from a disk with a damaged partition table ?

Andrea Mastellone wrote, On 09/24/2008 01:10 PM:
Todd Denniston wrote:
Andrea Mastellone wrote, On 09/24/2008 11:12 AM:

if I had less space (and no time to buy an extra USB hard drive) and could translate the CHS to bytes/blocks of disk space, I would do something like:
assume 512 blocks, and HeadSector size of 7697074bytes
bc of 7697074*6402/512 yields 96243491 which is probably completely wrong.
(is this roughly a 55GB device?)

Yes, it is about 55 GiB device. Can i proceed so  with this ?

No warranties, you get to keep the broken chunks.

I was just playing about with the math based on the info that fdisk puts out in the 'p' information, which for my disk was:
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
and I was guessing was:
Units = cylinders of 15033 * 512 = 7697074 bytes
based on you indicating the partition in question was 10GB and THAT partition having 7798-6403=1395 cylinders
So these are VERY round about numbers... If you are not going to capture the whole disk, then I would capture significantly more than the calculations show and then trim that down to work with.

If I _/HAD/_ to capture less than 55GB of the device, with only the insufficient data I have now, I would do a something more like setting seek to the order of 7697074*6000/512=90200085 and then start looking for filesystem headers in the data.

My preference though would be capture the whole device, because it gives you a lot more chances to come up with the correct data. One example of more chances, would be to 'fix' the partition table in a copy of the image, i.e, you know the partition ran from 6403 to 7798 and something like Partitioned loopback devices[1] MIGHT be able to help.

Granted we are already WAY outside my comfort zone in giving advise about recovering data from a device that I don't own. If it is really important, there are folks who will do the whole job for a fee.

Again no warranties, you get to keep the broken chunks.

dd if=/dev/whole_solid_state_disk \
   of=/path/to/spare11GB/SSD.image \
   seek=96243491 conv=noerror bs=512


And remember, the device is already failing... you MIGHT only get one more read, so take that into consideration when choosing the method for getting the image.

[1] http://lwn.net/Articles/110468/

Todd Denniston
Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane)
Harnessing the Power of Technology for the Warfighter

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