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How to recover/repair lost/damage partitions - OpenSuse

TestDisk is a powerful free data recovery software! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting a Partition Table). Partition table recovery using TestDisk is really easy.

 
TestDisk can:
    * Fix partition table, recover deleted partition
    * Recover FAT32 boot sector from its backup
    * Rebuild FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 boot sector
    * Fix FAT tables
    * Rebuild NTFS boot sector
    * Recover NTFS boot sector from its backup
    * Fix MFT using MFT mirror
    * Locate ext2/ext3 Backup SuperBlock
    * Undelete files from FAT, NTFS and ext2 filesystem
    * Copy files from deleted FAT, NTFS and ext2/ext3 partitions.

TestDisk has features for both novices and experts. For those who know little or nothing about data recovery techniques, TestDisk can be used to collect detailed information about a non-booting drive which can then be sent to a tech for further analysis. Those more familiar with such procedures should find TestDisk a handy tool in performing onsite recovery.

Installation:
OpenSuse 11.1 user can use "1-click" installer to install testdesk  - here
After sucessfull installation go to terminall and fire command: testdesk to open the testdesk console, you need to be "root" to use deskdesk

Below are the few screen shots on how to use teskdesk, it's an menu driven and see to figure out the options

1) The first screen when you execute the testdesk 


2) Here is the screen shorts after teskdest done with the analyzing the disk partition structure for any kind of errors 


Refer here for more details and options to use deskdesk


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