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How to Recover Deleted Files in Linux

As is the case with most modern operating systems, most Linux distributions will not immediately overwrite deleted files. Linux will delete file entries, freeing the corresponding space and allowing for future overwrites. However, if you accidentally delete a file, you can typically recover the lost data by acting quickly and un-mounting the affected volume.

How to Recover Deleted Files in Linux

Linux systems require a unique approach, and Secure Data Recovery Services has proprietary tools for every Linux distribution.

Data recovery techniques vary depending on your Linux distribution and file system. One of the major advantages of Linux is its numerous built-in file recovery utilities, but if you accidentally delete or overwrite mission-critical data, you should always seek professional assistance to avoid permanent file loss.

Secure Data Recovery Services offers dedicated file repair and recovery for Linux and UNIX, and our engineers have many years of experience with all popular Linux distributions. If you cannot access deleted, formatted or overwritten data, we can help you to restore damaged files in a matter of days.

We provide free diagnostics, fast turnaround times and high recovery rates for Linux devices. Contact us today for more information or to set up a free media evaluation.

Steps to Take After Accidentally Deleting a File

The actions that you take after deleting a file will determine the likelihood of a successful data recovery. For Linux systems with multiple users, you should immediately take your system to single user mode when you realize that you need to recover deleted data. Un-mount the file system with the deleted file. This may not be possible on some systems, in which case you should turn your system completely off and contact a professional data recovery company as soon as possible.

You can recover some files by using the grep or lsdel commands, but partially overwritten files will require attention from an experienced Linux recovery engineer. As undelete commands vary by filesystem, you may also have access to tools like debugfs and e2undel, but exercise extreme care when using these utilities. You will need professional help if you use a non-standard command to delete your files, if files are severely overwritten or if you have formatted your device.

Never install recovery software or new system utilities to try to restore deleted file entries. Installing software will likely overwrite your files, and if you absolutely need to access your lost data, the safest course of action is to schedule no-risk media diagnostics at one of our facilities.

Secure Linux File Recovery Services

At Secure Data Recovery Services, we offer both logical and physical services for hard drives, RAID arrays, virtual servers and other systems. Our engineering teams have experience with all Linux distributions and can quickly recover deleted files on any Linux-based digital storage device.

We use strict security procedures when treating deleted Linux data. Unlike other data recovery companies, we comply with federal privacy laws such as HIPAA and FERPA, and we were the first provider to earn a SSAE 18 Type II Certification.

Our security credentials include:

  • SAS 70 Certification
  • General Services Administration (GSA) Contractor Certification
  • Information Systems Security Association Member
  • PCI Security Certification
  • SSAE 18 Type II Certification

The Advantages of a Professional Data Recovery Provider

While Linux and UNIX offer a number of utilities that protect against accidental file deletion, a professional recovery company offers a more reliable solution in complex data loss scenarios.

Secure Data Recovery Services' engineers have worked extensively with Linux data and can provide extremely reliable services. We always make bit-level clones of media before carrying out logical data recovery commands, and when files are partially overwritten, we can often restore them to a usable condition with proprietary utilities.

Some of the advantages of Secure Data Recovery Services include:

  • Certified Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom for Physical Media Recoveries
  • Fast Turnaround Times and 24/7/365 Emergency Services
  • Experienced Engineers and High Success Rates
  • Online Case Monitoring Tools
  • File Recovery Services for RAID, SSD, HDD and More
  • Around-the-Clock Customer Service

Secure Data Recovery Services offers free diagnostics for Linux hard drives, RAID arrays and other devices through more than two dozen offices across the United States. After receiving your media, we will evaluate deleted and overwritten files to provide a turnaround estimate and price quote. We can also provide a list of recoverable files in most situations.

To obtain a free price quote and a free data recovery evaluation, contact Secure Data Recovery Services today.