Good News! Found some backups!

Tommy yeah allornothin.tommy at
Sat Dec 26 21:31:20 GMT 2009

Lost Partition

If you made a mistake while partitioning and the partition no longer appears
in the partition table, so long as you have not written data in that space,
all your data is still there.

GNU Parted

Run Parted from the command line to recover your partition.

When changing the partition table on your hard drive, you must ensure that
no partition on the disk is mounted. This includes swap space. The easiest
way to accomplish this is to run the live cd. Parted is installed on the
base Ubuntu system. Once at the desktop, open a terminal and run_:

sudo swapoff -a

Next run parted and tell it to use the device in question. For example, if
your /dev/sda drive is the drive from which you want to recover, run:

sudo parted /dev/sda

Then, use the rescue option:

rescue START END
where Start is the area of the disk where you believe the partition began
and END is it's end. If parted finds a potential partition, it will ask you
if you want to add it to the partition table.

On Sat, Dec 26, 2009 at 3:26 PM, Paul DeShaw <pauldeshaw at> wrote:

> Hello,
> I wrote recently about data loss...In my panic, I didn't have the mental
> capacity to check another drive I have. Happily, lot of that stuff had been
> saved, in a few different places, in preparation for various re-installs and
> upgrades.  None of it is newer than, well, whenever Hardy came out, so some
> more recent recordings are gone. The drive that I erased had been used to
> back up when I upgraded to Karmic, and some of the MIDI files, Rosegarden
> files, and various audio files had been restored to my main system drive
> before the incident.  Anything done in Ardour was on the formatted drive,
> and I would still like to get those back, if possible.
> I need to learn a systematic way to back up files to a drive separate from
> the one I record onto.  I'm wondering what other people are doing?  And
> hoping newbies will learn from this incident.
> --Paul
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