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Data Recovery - After formatting centos cPanel

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by HostBank24, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. HostBank24

    HostBank24 Registered

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    We have an urgent and important problem :(

    One of my customers server has been formatted.

    Centos 4.5 and cPanel was installed on that server.

    Now its windows 2003.

    and we need to recover our backup files (tar.gz and .gz)

    how we can do it ?

    any programs ?

    any ppl know how to do it ?


    we can pay for it please help :(
     
  2. Infopro

    Infopro cPanel Sr. Product Evangelist
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    Not sure I understand the question, but cpanel does not run on Windows at this time. Also, if your drive was formated and the only backups you had were on it? They're gone.

    You might want to go into a bit more detail here for assistance.
     
  3. Elikster

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    Recovery

    Sorry, if it got windows on it, you can basically kiss that data goodbye, since there is no way to recover it.

    People should learn the simple rule: BACKUP! Enuff said.
     
  4. HostBank24

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    thanks

    thank you for your answer.

    in detail

    server has been formatted and now its windows.

    it as centos and cPanel before OS reload.

    and some of our sites are gone .

    we transferred some of sites before formatting but the important ones were still in that drive and we need our backups


    what we can do :(
     
  5. cPanelKenneth

    cPanelKenneth cPanel Development
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    Send the drive(s) to a data recovery company.
     
  6. trevHCS

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    Ideally without writing any more data onto it. The more that goes on, the more likely it is to overwrite the bit that may contain the files in question (or remains thereof).

    Trev
     
  7. nyjimbo

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    If they reformatted it and loaded Windows on the old Centos partitions I doubt anything on earth can save it. You are talking about deleting partitions and switching formats. It's possible some of the partitions higher up on the drive might be recoverable but you would still have to boot that drive with another Centos drive and mount the recovered partitions to get to the data.

    A drive recovery place is likely going to charge a couple hundred dollars just to TRY to recover and maybe over a thousand to do the whole drive. I've seen some recovery jobs go as high as $5000.

    If you can use some kind of tool to view the drive partitions and see something that windows is not using that is not NTFS it might be the old centos partitions, but you would need to do this from the console, not from a control panel. It would depend what kind of data you are looking for and where you put these tar/gz files. A tool like active_undelete might find the partitions and MAYBE be able to reactivate them, but those are linux type partitions and Windows tools like AU expect something like NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, NTFS5 or NTFS+EFS.

    Did you ask your host for assistance, chances are they have seen this before and might offer some help.
     
    #7 nyjimbo, Sep 18, 2007
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