Go Premium for a chance to win a PS4. Enter to Win

x
?
Solved

accidentally modified file system

Posted on 2004-08-08
4
Medium Priority
?
187 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-20
Hi,

When I was installing linux, I accidentally used 'mke2fs' on my WindowsXP NTFS partition. Now I cannot boot into XP anymore. Please tell me what should I do to fix it. Thank you so much!

Kevin
0
Comment
Question by:teklo
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 4

Expert Comment

by:net_sec_guru
ID: 11749702
Did you format the partition that you created when you installed Linux? If so, it will be VERY difficult to get that information back.

It might be best for you just to create two new partitions and re-install both operating systems (starting with MS then linux).



0
 

Author Comment

by:teklo
ID: 11750402
I'm not sure. I didn't use fdisk to edit that partition, which is /dev/hda1, so I guess I didn't format it...
0
 
LVL 22

Accepted Solution

by:
pjedmond earned 2000 total points
ID: 11751011
Using mke2fs WILL have damaged the data on that partition to the extent that you will not be able to recover it all! The 'vanilla' form of the command will create the 'index' for the file system and a number of backup 'indexes' across the drive, so 100% data recovery is not likely!

However, provided you haven't done anything else since the running of the command it should still be possible to get much of your data back.

The 'easy' way to recovery this data is to remove the hard drive concerned and insert it as a slave into an already running windows system. You then need handy recovery or similar ($30):

http://www.softpile.com/Utilities/Disk_Utilities/Review_33292_index.html

and follow the instructions. (Note that it's claim to recover data from formatted discs on applies to 'quick' formatting!)

There are other utilities out there that do similar things, but most of them require a windows environment to run.

Once you've recovered everything you can, back it up AND VERIFY it before restarting the disc configuration from scratch.

Everyone makes mistakes..but some make bigger mistakes than others. Fortunately, the bigger the mistake, the better the chance of larning from it:)

0
 
LVL 22

Expert Comment

by:pjedmond
ID: 11758542
Just an additional notte, you mk2efs 'ed when installing linux?....there's often a box that you tick to say format the partition concerned. If you've done that, then your chances of recovering anything are pretty low!
0

Featured Post

Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

SSH (Secure Shell) - Tips and Tricks As you all know SSH(Secure Shell) is a network protocol, which we use to access/transfer files securely between two networked devices. SSH was actually designed as a replacement for insecure protocols that sen…
Google Drive is extremely cheap offsite storage, and it's even possible to get extra storage for free for two years.  You can use the free account 15GB, and if you have an Android device..when you install Google Drive for the first time it will give…
Learn several ways to interact with files and get file information from the bash shell. ls lists the contents of a directory: Using the -a flag displays hidden files: Using the -l flag formats the output in a long list: The file command gives us mor…
How to Install VMware Tools in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 (RHEL 6.4) Step-by-Step Tutorial
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month11 days, 6 hours left to enroll

886 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question