Ubuntu – Accidentally deleted a folder


I've been using Ubuntu 12.04 and accidentally deleted a folder using Shift+Del.

Does anyone have any idea how to recover the folder?

Best Answer

Yes, you can use extundelete command. (extundelete is a utility to recover deleted files from ext3/ext4 partition.)

Note that the partition must be unmounted before you recover. In most cases, you will have to shut down your computer and boot using an Ubuntu LiveCD/LiveUSB to be able to this.

Steps to recover:

  • Install extundelete with:

    sudo apt-get install extundelete
  • Usage example:

    sudo extundelete --restore-directory /home/myself/Documents/deleted_folder/ /dev/sda1
  • The /dev/sda1 is the device name where the deleted data was.

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