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How a Linux Distro Saved Hard Disk Data

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Not too long ago, a friend sent me an e-mail that said, "I want to ask for a favor and see if you can help me to recover the data in the hard disk of my daughter's PC." I came to learn that some combination of utilities had wiped out the partition table in the master boot record (MBR). Maybe a tool such as fdisk could fix this problem, but the cylinder numbers weren't available. This article describes how, using a typical Linux distro (SuSE 8.0, in this case) it was possible to recover the master boot record and, with it, my friend's daughter's data.

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