The journaled ext3 system is an extremely powerful file system and makes the data very organized as opposed to its predecessor, ext2 file system. It is so because the file system remains consistent even after a system crash or unexpected power failure. You do not need to perform lengthy checks after switching on the Linux system. Also, there is minimal chances of data fragmentation in the disk. However, in the ext3 file system there is a catch. When you delete a file, there is no prompt to delete the file. It is not even transferred to a trash bin like Windows. So, a lot of times the Linux users complain of accidental data loss. In such cases, you should use appropriate measures to recover the lost data. However, if you are not able to do so then you should use a third-party Linux data recovery software to perform ext3 recovery.
Consider a scenario wherein you are using an ext3-partitioned Linux system. While working on your system, you happen to remove some of the files. After deleting the files, you realize that you actually needed those files. You do not have the backup of these files as well. However, you need not worry as these files can be recovered. To know how’s it possible…read on
Actually once you delete a file, only its pointer is deleted from the memory and the file remains physically intact until it is overwritten by a new file. Thus, you need to immediately remount the hard drive as read-only mode.
In an ext3 file system, you can use ext3grep utility to retrieve deleted files from the Linux hard drive. It is a Linux utility, which is able to retrieve completely deleted files from ext3 file system volumes.
Although it is a pretty handy utility, it has got some limitations as well. It is not able to recover the files that are larger than 2 GB. In such situations, you should use a third-party Linux data recovery software to perform the recovery of the deleted files. Such read-only tools are extremely safe and do not overwrite the original content while scanning it.
Stellar Phoenix Linux Data Recovery is a Linux recovery tool that enables you to recover lost, deleted, or formatted data from Linux systems. Besides performing ext3 recovery , it is also able to perform Ext2 Recovery and ext4 recovery. It is supported by various Linux distributions such as Red Hat, SUSE, Debian, Caldera, Mandrake, Sorcerer, TurboLinux, Slackware, Gentoo, etc. It is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, Server 2003, XP, and 2000.
Recovering lost data in ext3 partitions