Is there any way to recover a few specific files from a deleted EXT4 partition. I deleted all partitions on my 480GB SSD. Afterwards, I created a 200 GB NTFS partition (which is mostly empty) and I have about 280 GB still unpartitioned.

I didn't do a "wipe" (or whatever it's called), so it was a quick deletion process.

I'm currently only running Windows (on a completely different SSD), but I would be happy to boot up a Linux Live CD if needed.

I was going to throw Linux on that unpartitioned 280GB but now I don't want to touch it until I figure out if I can recover that data.

Thank you

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You can use System rescue CD as a live cd

https://www.system-rescue-cd.org/SystemRescueCd_Homepage you'll find the photoRec software in it, to recover lost data.

You can also use the soft directly from windows:


Here some details on how to use photoRec http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec_Step_By_Step

PS: Don't be to focus on the name of the software it does recover more than only photos

  • Sorry about the late response. I actually combined your solution with Vikelidis's solution (tough deciding who to mark as the answer). Basically I tried TestDisk and it wasn't working from my booted instance, but I used the version of TestDisk off the System Rescue CD live instance, and I got everything I needed! Thanks! Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 4:36

You can use testDisk to recover the partition table (if you are lucky enough). If this is done successfully you will have full access in your files.

  • Oh my goodness THANK YOU! I just overwrote a drive without taking a backup (last time I did that I was a teenager...) and testdisk combined with fsck was able to recover my files. THANK YOU!
    – anahata
    Commented Aug 7, 2023 at 3:07

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