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Posted: 18 Jul 2002

The dilemma:
We got a note from a certain system administrator (who will remain unnamed) who accidentally deleted the directory containing the home directories of all of his users. (Now that's a career changer). He now has about 10GB of files in the DELETED.SAV directory. Unfortunately, because of some other problems, there isn't recent backup of those files.

Is it possible to:

  1. Recover the files located under DELETED.SAV *with* the original ownership? Using the salvage option changes the ownership to the user doing the salvage.
  2. or
  3. Find out in which directory the files were originally located when they were deleted?

Some career-saving suggestions:
The glib answer is that, if that information was still available in the deleted file, it would be restored by Salvage.

The only other avenue would be to use a data rescue service such as Portlock (, OnTrack (, ESS Data Recovery (, Vogon International Data Recovery and Forensic Computing (, or Data Recovery Services (

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