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Recover files from "damaged" SuSe Linux (or damaged MBR!)

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Last Modified: 2013-12-15
Hi all,

About 5 months back, I had dual operating system (SuSE Linux 10.1 and Windows XP Professional) in my IBM Thinkpad laptop and everything was working fine! Due to a problem in Windows, I had to install Windows XP again but without formatting the older Windows XP!! That was working fine too except that I had two "Windows" folder in C: drive; One is: "WINDOWS" and the other is: "WINDOWS2"! At that time, I think I messed up with Master boot record (MBR) or something (but sure not with the Linux partition!) and can't access Linux anymore! I tried using Fix MBR from Windows CD but couldn't actually solve the error and I don't get the "Linux" option from the boot menu!

To recover my Linux files, I downloaded the 5 ISO files from download.suse.org, wrote it in CD and boot the system from the 1st CD! The system boots from the SuSE Linux CD, I tried using "Rescue System"... it asked for username.. I gave "root" and it just entered without asking password! (I have had password for "root" in the old SuSE installation!) I also see that there are no files in my "/home"!!

1. Do you think that the old Linux was crashed? If yes, how could I backup files?
2. If no, how could I load Linux from the system?
3. Or, is everything to deal just with MBR ?!

I just want to backup files from the old SuSE Linux somehow!! Please advise.

Thanks.
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Well, I can see my Linux files using: http://www.recoverdatatools.com/buy-linux-data-recovery.html but has to buy for saving the files! Is there a free tool for doing this?
Well, you could try and put harddisk into a computer running windows xp etc. and then use some kind of recovery tool, to recover your files.
I would recommend:
http://www.runtime.org/gdb.htm

If you wan't to try and repair the MBR, you could just use the windows cd, and use the recovery tool they have.
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Actually, I just found that R-Linux does the job! Its given in the last link you posted, thanks :-)
Nice to hear, good luck further on with your linux :)
Thanks psyclown!
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