Martin Tournoij wrote:
On Wed, 16 Aug 2006 18:21:49 +0200, Mark Manzano <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

I am using freeBSD Unix and someone deleted a bunch of files from the hard drive. I know when you delete a file from unix, only the pointer or inode is deleted and not the actual file. From a software perspective, the information is probally gone. However on a hardware perspective I believe the data is still there. Are there any tools to retrieve the lost files?
 This is what I want to do:
On the hardware level the hard drive is a physical storage device with little tiny "switches" that flip between 1's and 0's. Those switches stay set to whatever they were set at unless they are set to something else. What I want to attach the hard drive to another computer with a second hard drive in it (a blank one) and boot to a floppy disk. From there, a program or tool will scan all the switches ( 1s and 0s) to try to find patterns that indicate the presence of files. Then copy those files to the blank hard drive.
 Thank you.

There are several commercial tools that can restore file on a UFS partition, I'm not aware of any free tools

I used Stellar Phoenix (sucsesfully) a while ago after a windows crash destoyed my part of my UFS partition (grmbl!)

Not cheap though, $355, I don't want to encourage illegal software use,

I have used The Coroners Toolkit to recover files on Solaris a few years ago, nearly an entire partition. The learning curve is a bit steep but there are several how-tos available. It is more intended as an 'after breakin' discovery tool, but it recovers files quite well.


Three years now I've asked Google why they don't have a
logo change for Memorial Day. Why do they choose to do logos
for other non-international holidays, but nothing for

Maybe they forgot who made that choice possible.
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