[SASAG] recovering a filesystem from unwise use of fdisk

James Affeld jamesaffeld at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 25 13:22:44 PDT 2008

I have/had an external drive with data on an ext3 filesystem.

I attached it to a box I was going to install FreeBSD 7.0, so it would get discovered.  It did.  I didn't notice that the primary HD did not.  So I accidentally repartitioned the external device. I did not write any data to it, nor format it.

I've changed the disk system type back to Linux, but I can't mount it.  

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1   *           1       60801   488384001   83  Linux

#from dmesg
[12527.051393] VFS: Can't find ext3 filesystem on dev sdb1.

Any suggestions? 

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