Restore deleted files

Polytropon freebsd at
Thu Jan 8 15:57:25 PST 2009


I'd like to ask a two-stage question:

1. Is it possible to recover files that have been deleted?

2. Which tools or procedures are suggested for recovery?

While sorting out some files and transfering them to another
hard disk, I accidentally deleted too much: the directory with
my videos taken by a digital camera. They were located in a
directory within a subtree, and I deleted the whole subtree
without first copying these files.

I used the Midnight Commander to do this. As I read from its
source code, it seems to use the unlink() call to delete the
subtree recursively. Pressing PF8 can really ruin your day...

Just after I noticed what I had done I unmounted the file system,
powered off the machine and put the disk on the shelf (it's still
there), no further write accesses.

I would be glad if someone could enlighten me if there is any
chance to get the files back, even with the loss of the file
names (doesn't matter), and which tools seem to serve best in
this difficult task.

And if it's impossible, please tell me. I can newfs the disk
then and free it, along with my mind.

I'm posting this question to -fs, too. Answers from this list
please keep me in CC because I'm not subscribed to -fs. Thank you!

>From Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
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