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From: Robert Persson <ireneshusband@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-user] Accidentally reformatted my EVMS root partition. Any hope of recovering data?
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 00:55:42
Message-Id: 1159145257.5144.22.camel@localhost
1 I have, much to my intense surprise, managed to reformat my root
2 partition unintentionally. It was an EVMS native reiserfs volume, but
3 now it is a normal xfs partition. I haven't, as far as I am aware,
4 written any files to it since the unfortunate accident.
6 The tool I used to create the xfs partition was a non-standard, and
7 quite possibly inferior one with non-standard behaviour. It is also
8 likely that the xfs partition ends at the 128gb (i.e. 137gb) point on
9 the disk due to the circumstances in which it was created, whereas the
10 original reiserfs partition extended beyond the 128gb point.
12 Is there any possibility of recovering some of the data (there are some
13 family photos and a few other things I would very much like to retrieve)
14 or should I just put it down to experience?
16 Many thanks in advance
17 Robert
19 P.S. In case you are wondering how I managed to do this, it was like
20 this: I need to run a video editing application and one or two other
21 things in windows 2000. The crossmeta virtual file system drivers
22 sounded like a good way of sharing the work areas between windows and
23 linux, especially given the unreliability of ntfs even in windows.
24 Unfortunately the crossmeta stuff is very poorly documented. Quite apart
25 from anything else, there is no indication that the drivers just don't
26 actually work at all, hence lots of pointless troubleshooting and a
27 boundless potential to create much bigger problems. Add to this the
28 unfamiliar device naming scheme of crossmeta, and the fact that windows
29 2000 doesn't, by default, support large drives, even though the disk
30 manager behaves as if it does, and you have a recipe for a very big ****
31 up. Honestly. How could I pass up such a splendid opportunity?
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