I’ve done similar things before but only on a small scale. Darned Windows, the “rename” and “delete” choices on the directory context menu are right next together!!! I curse Bill Gates!!!
Okay so you know what happened, I have my 6TB DUO set up as RAID, I deleted a directory with a bunch of sub-directories that I had a lot of time invested in. (Same sad story.)
I will be deliriously happy if I could just get the sub-directory names from the deleted directory. It’s stuff I can replace (it will take days) but I’ll be happy enough with that. Even better if I can get the files back too but whatever I do I DO NOT WANT TO RISK ANY OTHER FILES ON THIS SERVER! I’d rather just cry a few hours and get on with my life than risk losing anything else. And it would take probably days to copy this 3TB RAID volume’s contents over to my 4TB RAID volume. (Yes I like these WD products!)
What I have available as tools are my Win7 notebook, but it too has too much important stuff to risk, and I have an old clunky desktop PC running Win2k. It’s ancient but I do have a SATA adapter that in theory I can remove one of my 3TB RAID drives and connect it to the PC, although I have no idea if the BIOS can handle 3TB. (A good reason why I haven’t tried it!)
I’ve played a bit with my WD 3TB, my 6TB DUO and my 8TB DUO, and I can ssh into the servers just fine. Is there a way I can just read the deleted file names?
Also, I read this topic:
and I downloaded this R-Linux for Windows software and it does run on the ancient desktop:
I decided that I’m way over my head here so rather than do any more research and risk doing stupid and losing ALL my data (not just the deleted files) I’ll appreciate if somebody can tell me if what I want to do is possible.
First objective: recovering the file names is good enough! I won’t mind spending a day or two re-downloading the files.
Second objective: it would be nice to recover the actual directory, subdirectory and files, but not if there is the slightest risk of losing any more data.
I think it’s important that I DO NOT want to recover the files on the drive itself. It’s RAIDed and that looks like opening a whole new can of worms. I have plenty of places to copy the deleted files to on other local and NAS drives but I hope I wont have to image the whole 3TB RAID onto my 4TB RAID (which is mostly empty…).
So when I realized what had happened it was in the middle of another download to the 4TB RAID. I pulled the network PLUG ASAP so maybe some of the deleted files were written over, maybe not, but it was the best I could do. I’m going to connect it back up and poke around with ssh but I guess I’m stuck not writing to the drive until I get some advice whether there is anything I can recover.
Thanks folks, I’ll appreciate your advice, and if the advice is “forget it” then please let me know. This drive is an important resource and it’s going to be a major hassle to do without its services.
p.s. I can install a Linux distro on the ancient desktop if that would help. I’ve got HDDs laying all over the place so I can just put a spare in the clunk PC and install Linux, if that would help.
Please excuse me now. I’m going to see how many times it takes punching my forehead into my wall until it breaks a head sized hole in it.