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Undeleting SAMBA data

Posted on 2004-08-23
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I have a linux box running redhat 8.  I have samba running and windows users on my lan using it as a file server.   I recently deleted some folders that I now need back and have no backup.  Is there any undelete utility I can use?

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by:Gns
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If the server is used fairly much, then unfortunately not.
There are tools and methods that can be used _if the filesystem is unmounted pretty much directly after the deletion_, but if some filewrites have been done, you're not likely to get much that way.
A good reason to implement a backup scheme;-).

-- Glenn
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Ok I guess  a good lesson learnt there.      thanks.    Just out of curiousity  would a  utility like final data work?  I know I am grasping at straws but ...
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I've got no experience with that particular tool, but if it can "grok" the ext2/ext3 filesystem, why yes... it'd be one of the possible tools.

Even though it's not much of a comfort, know that most of us (if not all...) have at least some similar experience...;-)

-- Glenn
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Thanks Glenn will try this!
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by:pjedmond
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This might also be of use to you:

http://www.stud.tu-ilmenau.de/~mojo/undelete.html

but then again, if any writing has already occurred to the partition, then you will be unlikely to recover much!

HTH:)
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