Recover ReiserFS Partition
Posted on 2008-06-13
I have a Maxtor Shared Storage Drive with a network interface. I needed to copy 60GB of files off the drive. So, to save time, I removed the drive from the external casing and connected to a Windows PC via IDE. I booted Windows, ran Disk Management and was immediately prompted to initial the drive, which I did. Seconds later, I see the drive but in a raw state... no data. Just as if it was a brand new drive installed for the first time.
I immediately removed the drive, returned to the original Maxtor casing and tried to read the data via IP and the Maxtor Shared console. While I could ping the Maxtor device, I could not access any data.
I called Maxtor. I explained the situation to the rep and without hesitation, he says that the drive was partitioned as ReiserFS and Windows basically destroyed the index file. He tells me that you 'should' be able to recover the data (from Linux) using recovery tools.
This is by far, the stupidest thing I've done with a computer! I thought I was safe because I made a full backup of the drive two weeks ago to a local PC. I just logged into that PC and the owner of the PC, for whatever reason, deleted most of the data in the backup directory.
I'm in a really hard state right now and any suggestions on how to recover the drive would be greatly appreciated.