try 'testdisk'
mailds:#cat /usr/ports/sysutils/testdisk/pkg-descr
Tool to check and undelete partition
Works with the following partitions:
- FAT12 FAT16 FAT32
- Linux EXT2/EXT3
- Linux SWAP (version 1 and 2)
- NTFS (Windows NT/W2K/XP)
- BeFS (BeOS)
- Netware
- ReiserFS

TestDisk is under GNU Public License.
You can compile it under Dos with DJGPP or under Linux or BSD with gcc.


- Florent Thoumie

> Months ago, I got a new USB drive for my Mac OS X, did "newfs
> /dev/disk1" on it, and it's been working fine.
> I then foolishly did "disklabel -create /dev/disk1", which broke
> it. How can I recover my data? I've tried fsck w/ alternate
> superblocks to no avail.
> "less -f /dev/disk1" shows me the disk label I created:
> <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN"
> "\
> .com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
> <plist version="1.0">
> <dict>
>         <key>Base</key>
>         <integer>131072</integer>
>         <key>Size</key>
>         <integer>500107730944</integer>
> </dict>
> </plist>
> but also shows me my file names/content, so I'm convinced the data is
> still there.
> How do I recover my data? I assume newfs creates a UFS by default? Can
> I "decode" /dev/disk1 the way one might decode a TAR file?
> Posting here because I know Mac OS X is "FreeBSD inside".
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