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Recovering from file system corruption using TestDisk

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We've all been there. We press the wrong key, we do some silly mistake, and suddenly, one or more of our file systems refuse to work. Whenever this happens, the first thing we hear is "You should have made a backup", the dreaded sentence that we'll never listen to. Let's face it, we're stupid, and we don't backup.

Fortunately, we have several powerful, open source tools that can help us save our data. The first thing you should do after having such a problem - to quote Douglas Adams - Don't Panic!

In this article, we'll use the amazing 'TestDisk' program to try and recover our damaged/lost partitions. The 'testdisk' package is available in all Debian releases (From stable to unstable) and can be installed easily.

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