Recover Lost Partitions And Data With RIP Linux

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on May 15, 2010


Windows data recovery can be a difficult task in certain cases. We have reviewed effective tools like Recuva which are easy to use and effective in recovering lost data in many of the cases, but it may not work all the time.


In this tutorial I will share a much advanced way of recovering data or even lost Windows Partition, Mac Partition etc. from your hard disk drive. This is an advanced tutorial and involves use of Terminal commands and understand. If you are not not comfortable with the terminal and commands, we recommend to seek help from someone as your hard-disk data is at stake.


RIP (Recovery Is Possible) Linux is specially designed to recover lost data from various type of File Systems like Windows Files Systems, Max File Systems, Solaris File system and also XBox file system.

To use RIP Linux, you need to create a bootable disk from the disk image available for download, (link at end of the article). Then boot your computer with it and follow these instructions :


1. On booting RIP Linux with the boot CD which you created with the image, select to boot RIP Linux “Boot Linux System to X! (32-bit kernel)

RIP Linux Boot Options



2. Once the X! kernel is loaded, right-click on the screen and select the options to “Open Terminal”. This will launch a terminal, which looks similar to Windows command prompt. You should now check the disks available and detected by RIP Linux. To check the same, right click on the blank Window Space, off the terminal window and open Applications > File Manager > Mnt  > File Manager, here you can open see the disks which are attached and detected. You can also see the mounted disk partitions here.


3.  Now you have two choices, you want to recover some data or recover a partition. To recover your lost data, type “photorec” at the terminal prompt (without quotes) if you want to recover some files and press enter. To recover a hard disk partition, type “testdisk” at the terminal prompt (without quotes) if you want to recover some files and press enter.


NOTE : If you have more than one physical hard drives attached to your computer, you can recover the data on the healthy drive, else you need to connect an Internal or External drive to recover your data to. You can not recover the data from a bad drive on it the same physical bad drive. Follow step 2 to ensure the disks are mounted and are available.


4. Follow the instructions on screen to data recovery. It will ask you to select the faulty disk or partition, It will also ask you about the Partition Table Type, for Windows, select the  “Intel / PC Partition”, for MAC OS, select “Apple Partition map” and so on. After this just follow the instructions very carefully and do not interrupt the backup process once it starts. If you are running a laptop, keep it plugged with the charger so that it does not run out of power.

RIP Linux Download | RIP Linux Documentation

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Paul/Hell Noire May 22, 2010 at 8:51 am

I’m glad you liked my article and re-wrote it a bit clearer then I had. RIP Linux is a great little tool and I’m glad by sharing it with the readers and with you, it might just get a little bit more attention :)

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