How to access data from a crashed Mandriva after interrupted update ? Thanks

Asked by stillGeoff Patterson

Mandriva 2011 has crashed after an interrupted update,due to power-cut.

I am trying to access data from the desktop.

 I have installed Ubuntu to get going ,but lost Windows XP I`am not too worried as Ubuntu is reading data from Windows

 I would like to access the old Mandriva it appears to be still there as, I have a chunk missing on the hdd.

  Hope you can help. Many Thanks

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Sam_ (and-sam) said :

Try testdisk or search the web 'linux recover lost data' or alike.

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Chris (fabricator4) said :

Use gparted or disk utility to look at the hard drive and see if the partition is still there. In a terminal window you can mount it read only with:

sudo mount -r /dev/sda3 /mnt

where /dev/sda3 is is the partition you had Mandriva on.

If it mounts OK and you can access it at the mount point /mnt, then you can copy any important data off it. If you can't mount the partition at all then the only option you would have would be a data recovery tool like testdisk as Sam said, but I would see if it's possible to get to the drive normally first.

You won't further damage the partition by mounting it read only, but I would advise you to not to try to mount it in read/write mode until you know more about it's health.


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