Recovering data from a damaged partition
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?