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Testdisk saved my life!

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Accidents do happen!

Especially when you are trying to install multiple partitions or repartitioning the hard disk so as to multiboot several operating systems. To those whom are unfamiliar with partitions and trying to install Ubuntu or Fedora into an existing hard disk containing Windows XP or Vista, a wrong selection and the LiveCD wipes out the entire XP/Vista partition. This leaves the unfortunate user giving up on trying out a new operating system.

For some cases, files are accidentally deleted rather than entire partitions, and once the trash can or recycle bin is emptied, the user loses hope on recovering the files.

Luckily, there is an open source app that can help recover some if not all of the cases above.

TESTDISK is an opensource application that is available on all platforms [ DOS, Linux, OSX, Sun, FreeBSD ].

It is able to  :

Recover deleted partitions
Rebuild partition tables
Rewrite Master Boot Record (MBR)
Manipulate various filesystems (FAT/FAT16/NTFS/EXT3/HFS/etc)

If Testdisk is not found on your distro repositories, you can download it here.

It had saved many users from tearing their hair and head apart. SGLNX considers Testdisk a must have for any OS!

Some additional reading on Testdisk:

Step by Step guide from its creators, CGSecurity
How Testdisk saved this guy’s marriage
Another testament of how “Testdisk saved my life” from