Save documents after a interrupted "dd" command!
Posted on 2003-03-05
I'd installed SuSE 8.1 prof on a 40 Gb hdd (hda), my windows xp os was installed on another 40 Gb hdd (hdb). For sercurity's sake I wanted to backup a clean SuSE install and put that image on the mounted windows drive (hdb) using the "dd" command for this.
So I did...ahum...wrong!
I typed the following in the console in Linux:
dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/hdb1
Don't ask me why I did that...I did it...my mistake. I hit return and after a second or two I realised I didn't want to make an image of hda put OVER hdb! I just wanted an imageFILE, added on my windows hdb. In a reflex I hit control+C and interrupted the action... but the worse already had been done. When I opened the (still mounted) hdb in X-window I couldn't recognise the dir-structure, I saw a lot dirs called: "e st d" and stuff like that. After reboot, I cant mount hdb anymore, can't boot from it (duh).
The WORSE PART of it, is that I'm a poet, a writer, without backups of my writing, and I just NEED let's say 10 Word documents, containing about 200 poems!
At this moment I'm "dd if=/dev/hdb of=/dev/hdc" (I've put a third 40 Gb hdd in my pc), but this is taking 49 minutes now...
Can anyone please help me?!? How can I get my stuff back? Can I get my stuff back?