furphy / wayne1932
Thank you both, I appreciate your comments, while it does not help with details it supports my determination to learn something from this deplorable action on my part. I really did not think I could do that sort any more so in a way I think I am being taught a lesson.
As a small consolation old-polack
some months ago, back in my last winter, patiently taught me some use of rsync
[root@localhost gert]# rsync -h
rsync version 3.0.7 protocol version 30
Copyright (C) 1996-2009 by Andrew Tridgell, Wayne Davison, and others.
Web site: http://rsync.samba.org/
rsync is a file transfer program capable of efficient remote update via a fast differencing algorithm.
The exercise went as far as transferring my then PCLOS2009 system to the same USB hard drive but another partition
so some of my recent data, not a lot, can be recovered from there. (Only a couple of weeks ago did I manage to destroy that system completely and decided to change to fresh start on PCLOS 2010, so I was doing too much new stuff when this happened)
Anyway I am starting to come out of the daze and try to think more proper again. The more I think about what I have read about rescue in this forum and other places the panic is starting to settle. It may be Linux formatted but still MBR, Partition Table, 4 Primary Partitions max and use of Extended Partitions, so it is starting to sound like good old DOS stuff. old-polack
File names, that was what I was afraid of hearing. When I had done the first file recovery I started to realise that the file might be html but no names allocated, missing file allocation table?
. Not surprising if that is found in the first cylinder? Then of course most likely not there anymore.
R-Linux looks great, if you know Winhex it will do similar things ie it would recover all jpg if any but on this partition I don't think I would have many. R-Linux has built in hex editor no problem doing great grief on an original drive/partition, knowing myself and keenness to push buttons I made the image, also to force myself to take time out, though I was not quite thinking 4 hours at the time. I am very new to the R-Linux, would be advisable I read a bit more in the manual and not assume knowledge I have from Winhex.
Phtorec, I have some time ago tried something that would recover photos from SD Cards, some of our Digital Photos got stuck. I will look it up as I have seen it mentioned a few times here in Forum.
Yes it is in the empty space I am rummaging around.
Where does Linux place Partition Tables and File Allocation Tables, depending on Windows version I think there are "backups" like on Win2000 I think towards the end of a Partition is help to be had. My thinking is that since I was using the whole partition previously the new partition is much shorter that out in the empty part there may be tables related to the previous partition.
About the recovery space, this is also problematic as I do not at this time have another 500 or 1000GB disk for recovery use, however that is just a matter of ordering or I could be ruthless and take a 1GB hardly used SATA out of an XP machine. (Just thought of that)
Yes the panic is subsiding.