Recover deleted files from ext3

David Vincent dvincent at
Mon Aug 13 14:59:27 UTC 2007

(``-_-´´) -- Fernando wrote:
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> Hya everyone.
> It had to happen to me.....
> I move a few files (20GiBs of them to be more precise) from a 500GBs SATA 2 
> Ext3 disk to a 120GBs PATA on NTFS (mounted with ntfs-3g).
> The transfer was done with the #mv command and #rsync  --remove-source-files.
> But was with all of was who love computers and know all but too well the 
> Murthys Law, the 120GBs disk ended up corrupted the very next day, and most 
> of those files are now gone.
> I'vee been trying to run repair/recover tools on it, but can get them.
> So the alternative is to try and recover files/folders that were (are?) on the 
> 500 Sata with Ext3. This disk hasn't been used or written to, since the 
> transfer occurd.
> What do you guys think is my best option to recover the 20GiBs of data?

Ouch.  Recovery on ext3 is difficult because the data is wiped when it 
is deleted.

I've not found a tool yet which can recover ext3 files.  Steller says:

"# Provides recovery of deleted file(s) for Ext2 File system only. "

Not sure about Nucleus but you can get a demo here:


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