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    Default Data Recovery and Disk Management

    I am new to Linux especially Suse Linux. I installed Suse Linux 12.2 on
    a computer. I am a Windows and Apple guy. So, be gentle with me. I
    have two questions regarding Disk Management and Recovery software. Keep
    in mind, I am a GUI interface guy. I am not a command line, DOS like
    person. I like the look and feel of icons and using the mouse.

    1. Disk Management, I am looking for a GUI interface disk manager
    similar to what you would find on a Windows computer. Any suggestions
    on a Disk Manager? I want to create, delete, and resize partitions.

    2. Recovery Software, I need a good recovery software or tool to
    recover files and documents from a second hard drive. Again, it has to
    have a GUI interface. In the Windows world, we have all kinds of
    Recovery software at our disposal. In the Linux world, is there really
    good recovery software?

    Thanks,

    Philip

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    Default Re: Data Recovery and Disk Management

    Quote Originally Posted by jkbmjp1 View Post
    I am new to Linux especially Suse Linux. I installed Suse Linux 12.2 on
    a computer.
    Hello and welcome to the forum!

    I am not a command line, DOS like
    person.
    We got dos beat by a mile. The command line can be quite useful, but I certainly understand. No worries, openSUSE is a very gui friendly operating system. Though I should like to stress. Linux is not Windows and will not try to be.

    1. Disk Management, I am looking for a GUI interface disk manager
    similar to what you would find on a Windows computer. Any suggestions
    on a Disk Manager? I want to create, delete, and resize partitions.
    Default on openSUSE is the yast2 control centre. It includes a fantastic full featured partition tool. There are also alternatives such as gparted. Note most filesystems are not able to be modified unless they are unmounted. So some filesystem operations should be done from a live cd session.

    2. Recovery Software, I need a good recovery software or tool to
    recover files and documents from a second hard drive. Again, it has to
    have a GUI interface. In the Windows world, we have all kinds of
    Recovery software at our disposal. In the Linux world, is there really
    good recovery software?
    I have no idea. I only do important stuff like this with my own two hands, so someone else can answer there. Hope you get everything sorted, and again welcome.

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    On 2012-10-31 03:06, jkbmjp1 wrote:

    > 1. Disk Management, I am looking for a GUI interface disk manager
    > similar to what you would find on a Windows computer. Any suggestions
    > on a Disk Manager? I want to create, delete, and resize partitions.


    Yast partition manager module, perhaps. Or gparted. There are live CD having it, like
    SystemRescueCd, for example.

    > 2. Recovery Software, I need a good recovery software or tool to
    > recover files and documents from a second hard drive.


    Please describe. You mean a damaged disk?

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    HI, 1 : For disk management, use the yast tool, as others have pointed out. 2 - For data backup/recovery, you might be interested in this freeware tool: Redo BackupBare Metal Restore Solution GUI Backup Open Source GPL Recovery HTH Lenwolf

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    On 10/31/2012 03:50 AM, Carlos E. R. wrote:
    >> 2. Recovery Software

    > Please describe. You mean a damaged disk?


    right:

    - do you mean from damaged disk(s), hardware failure?

    - or an operational disk suffering from (say) inadvertent data deletion,
    or sorry-i-did-that-format-thing-prior-to-backing-up, or
    i-forgot-the-crypto-password, or ???

    - what is(are) the file system(s) in use on that disk

    - is(are) the disk(s) part of a RAID or LVM

    regardless of the answers, i advise you:

    1. do not mount that drive as read/write until you are sure you have
    recovered all recoverable data....because any writing to the drive is
    likely to increase the amount of non-recoverable data..

    2. weigh carefully the value of the data 'misplaced' and to be recovered
    before diving in...because data recovery is a very specialized field and
    even most "power users" are ill equipped to and learning as you go with
    valuable data might not be the best way to learn..

    3. there are about a million (or less) folks on the net advertising
    themselves as data recovery experts: do not look for the least
    expensive--real data recovery is expensive, very expensive...so Caveat
    Emptor!

    4. some basic Recovery Technician info:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=site...+data+recovery
    https://www.google.com/search?q=site...+data+recovery



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    For disk management you can use live cd like SystemRescueCd and for data recovery you can use Kernel for Linux software. The good thing about this tool is it runs on Windows based system and recovers data from Linux partitions.

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    Am 02.11.2012 12:06, schrieb syncmaster632:
    > The good thing about
    > this tool is it runs on Windows based system

    I would be interested to understand what is good about that?
    That means you not only have to buy a license for "Kernel" but also one
    for Windows to recover your linux data?

    @jkpmjb1:
    Have a look at testdisk+photorec for data recovery
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/

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    Am 02.11.2012 12:23, schrieb Martin Helm:
    > @jkpmjb1:
    > Have a look at testdisk+photorec for data recovery
    > http://www.cgsecurity.org/

    I see Carlos already suggested SystemRescueCD which contains photorec
    and testdisk from what I see.
    The parted magic live cd also contains them.

    I always keep a collection of live cd's like gparted and parted magic
    and knoppix available, not that I need them often, but in the rare cases
    you need one you are happy to have it (esp. if you have friends who
    often trash their systems for them I also have an antivirus live cd in
    my bag).

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    Quote Originally Posted by syncmaster632 View Post
    ..... The good thing about this tool is it runs on Windows based system and recovers data from Linux partitions.
    I may be dumb, but it completely eludes me what is the "good thing" here.

    And of course there a re hundreds of ways to backup data from your Linux system. To other (Linux) systems, to removable storage. Just backup the latest status, or cyclic, or multiple cyvles (daily within weekly, etc.)

    It is not the tool that you choose in the end. The diffuculty is to design your backup policy: what is the situation/disaster you want to recover from, how much can you loose (how often do you backup), from how long ago do you want to be able to restore (an e-mail from four years ago that is important in a legal claim, a file as it was in january because you now found out you broke it in february), and more. And when you have written down your policy, you go and find tools, storage media, of line storage, to implement it.
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    Am 02.11.2012 12:56, schrieb hcvv:
    > It is not the tool that you choose in the end. The diffuculty is to
    > design your backup policy: what is the situation/disaster you want
    > to recover from, how much can you loose (how often do you backup),
    > from how long ago do you want to be able to restore (an e-mail from
    > four years ago that is important in a legal claim, a file as it was
    > in january because you now found out you broke it in february), and
    > more. And when you have written down your policy, you go and find
    > tools, storage media, of line storage, to implement it.
    >

    That is for sure absolutely correct, but maybe a bit overkill for home
    use (I mean to have a proper spec for disaster recovery and backup at home).
    To be honest at home the most important things for me and my family is
    the data in home (documents written, emails, photos ...).
    All the rest can be reinstalled and reconfigured (takes time, but
    doesn't matter as long as you run no high availability server or data
    center at home).
    For that purpose backintime (uses rsync under the hood) turned out to be
    an invaluable tool, since family can create backup snapshots with a
    mouse click and recovery from that works well (tested that with single
    files as well as with full recovery to a certain snapshot).
    This backups go to an external hard disk here, from time to time I burn
    the snapshots to dvd's to save them from loss of that external backup
    drive (using slow write speeds and verify after burn and always make
    more than one copy). The oldest backup (cd in that case) I have still
    lying around and have not thrown away are about 10 years old and readable.

    That comment is of course only for home use and not for professional use.

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