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    Exclamation SERIOUS HELP WANTED! - LOST ACCESS TO IMPORTANT DATA.

    Ok guys, OpenSuse has hit a dead end. Yesterday I recovered two USBs via testdisk - and instead of running testdisk on the second USB, it scrambled in console on the HDD. My alarm clock rang and I stopped it as fast as I could. System was up, but upon reboot - NO PARTITION. I tested with GParted (shows that my HDD is "not partitioned") as well as with another LiveCD. Automatic repair through the DVD fails.

    Whoa - theres company work on that system and I havent made a backup of it yet... PLEASE, what do you suggest in order to gain access to the system (I still believe its on there).

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    Default Re: SERIOUS HELP WANTED! - LOST ACCESS TO IMPORTANT DATA.

    Did you try Parted Magic or Knoppix?
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    Thanks for replying. Is there a difference between those? Ive tried GParted and PartitionManager 2008 so far... they all show an unpartitioned drive.
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    testdisk comes highly recommended. You can not doubt find Live CDs with it on.

    If the information is that important, consider professional data recovery. It isn't as expensive as finding a new job...

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    Probably the partition table is gone. Should I try to recover it via testdisk live cd?
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    Testdisk is designed for exactly that. Never used it myself, but I've heard many many recommendations.

    Just remember, any work you do on it will not be as good as what a pro could do. If your data is *really* important, you might just be making it worse...

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    Default Re: SERIOUS HELP WANTED! - LOST ACCESS TO IMPORTANT DATA.

    they all show an unpartitioned drive
    Yikes!

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    Hiren's BootCD 10.0 - www.hiren.info
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    Yikes? Ive been recommended PartedMagic too. So yes, Ill try those suggestions to recover my pertition table.
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    Default Re: SERIOUS HELP WANTED! - LOST ACCESS TO IMPORTANT DATA.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMask View Post
    Yikes? Ive been recommended PartedMagic too. So yes, Ill try those suggestions to recover my pertition table.
    Dude, you're moving so quick you didn't realize it was me that suggested Parted Magic. I'm not sure it will do what you need. The more you try accessing, mounting...whatever.. I think it can only exacerbate the problem. But I could be wrong on that. Fortunately I have never had this sort of experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Dude, you're moving so quick you didn't realize it was me that suggested Parted Magic. I'm not sure it will do what you need. The more you try accessing, mounting...whatever.. I think it can only exacerbate the problem. But I could be wrong on that. Fortunately I have never had this sort of experience.
    Yeah, after I finished my last post, I just knew youd respond. PartedMagic has not been just recommended by you, but also on IRC. Lets see what surprise hides in the box.
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