And the lesson to us all (apart from the essential immediate dd command):
BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP.
Thanks for updating on the story - nice to know it all worked for you.
The "file" command will help with sorting out the scraps.
2009/5/14 Kae Verens <kae at verens.com>
> thanks to all that commented.
>> I managed to recover just about everything.
>> here are the steps I took:
>> 1. removed the cover of the external caddy to help keep it cool, and moved
> it away from any other hard-drives or laptops that might heat it
> 2. backed up the drive - "dd -if=/dev/sdb -of=/mnt/tb1/200gb.bak.img" (took
> two days...)
> 3. ran testdisk to get some basic data about the drive
> 4. manually ran e2fsck on the drive, using a piece of lego and a pterry
> book to keep the enter key pressed down (/thousands/ of errors the "-p" flag
> was bailing). had to upgrade e2fsck because the version I had couldn't
> handle extents errors
>> finally, had to upgrade the kernel to 2.6.29 so I could load ext4 without
> the journal (journal was corrupted).
>> next step is to get a new drive and copy the files off the damaged drive.
>> in all, I'm not sure I lost much at all, and there were only 671 files and
> directories moved to lost+found. the original names for them can be figured
> out over time.
>> thanks all,
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