Rebuild NTFS ?

January 28, 2010 at 16:43:08
Specs: Windows 7
So, trying to format a usb stick, I stupidly (out of habit) typed /dev/sda1 instead of /dev/sdf1. While sdf is the usb stick, sda is an external hard drive of mine with NTFS on it.

Instantly realizing what I had done, I killed mkfs. It was on the creating inodes step. So, I imagine it didn't destroy many (if any) of the sectors with actual file data on it. However, it killed the file system. I know there are plenty of tools to deal with these sorts of situations, but I don't really know which ones are good. Any recommendations?. Can be for linux or win7. Thanks.

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January 28, 2010 at 17:42:23
There are some un-format tools. The data should be there still hopefully.

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January 29, 2010 at 18:19:35
You might give 'testdisk' a try. Be sure to read the how to use first. What you want is in the advanced option. Paying most attention on recover XP boot record.

What it will try to do is check if the back up boot record is good. The boot record is the very first sector of partition.

testdisk is also on the live 'pmagic' disk.
If the data is very important, I would get a hdd same or larger and make a sector image of hdd first.

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