PhotoRec – Recover Deleted or Lost Files in Linux

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Aaron Kili

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32 Responses

  1. Desmond Abbey says:

    I have mounted a pen drive where the files were deleted from, but when i enter the file path it says “unable to open file or device”.

  2. Ameya says:

    Hi, I dont have an sda3 folder in my dev folder. What should I do?

  3. Steven says:

    Apparently, doesn’t work on Linux Mint 19. Can it recover .xls files ?

  4. John says:

    Will this tool recover .tgz files?

  5. Newsha says:

    I was just one step away from finishing a research project and all of sudden one of my students removed everything by "rm -rf *" command. I recovered all my python files and manuscript with this helpful guide you provide here. I don’t know how to say thank you for sharing this knowledge.

  6. Rob Brooks says:

    Any Assistance would be greatly appreciated. Trying to recover a series of deleted MS Office files on a windows 10 system. I have booted the machine to a SystemRescueCD Live USB drive which includes TestDisk (PhotoRec) and Gparted.

    From the command line, I have mounted a second USB drive (to store the recovered files to) as well as the Windows partition on the ssd hard disk I am trying to recover files from. (Note: there are 4 partitions on this SSD hard drive – Recovery etc. I am only mounting the Windows partition). Once mounted I can view the files and folders of the windows partition through the Live USB file system (nautilaus I think).

    When I launch photorec from the command line I get the choice of log file type (I choose none) and am then presented with a list of drives to recover data from. I can see both USB drives (the Live USB boot drive and the blank USB drive, but cannot see the windows drive/partition I want to recover data from.

    NOTE: The windows drive is the internal drive of the laptop that I have mounted after boot to live USB drive. I tried unmounting the windows mount and running photorec again but it’s the same result. It doesn’t see the windows partition or the drive itself.

    I thought I would give Gparted a shot, and Gparted can see all 4 partitions (nvme0n1p1, nvme0n1p2, nvme0n1p3, and nvme0n1p4) however, it displays the device name as nvme0n1p1 which is the first partition and I can’t seem to choose the other partitions to attempt data rescue on.

    I can see them in the Gparted Window showing the device partitions, but can’t act on any of them, so i thought I would come back to Photorec to see if I can’t figure out why it isn’t seeing the windows partition whether I have it mounted or not.

    Additional, before booting to USB key, I turned off bitlocker in windows, and disabled hibernation and fast startup.

    Any advice you can provide to get Photorec to see the windows partition to recover this data would be greatly appreciated.

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