Recovering data from a damaged partition

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Most of the time GNU/Linux is a powerful Operating System. Sometimes, i wish i had think thought before using one of its great console command, the simple and rapid dd.

In order to make room on one hard drive, i used dd to sweep the first 512 bytes of the boot sector, in order to let the other operating system to boot by itself instead of using lilo.

Step 1: what is missing ?

I used a recovery CD (basically the Mandriva DVD in rescue mode) to have a look at the damages. I was not able to discriminate what was left and what was missing from this simple rescue mode. The reason was the partition table for the NTFS filesystem was missing.

Step 2: what is available under GPL?

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