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danjde

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Post Posted January 7th, 2021, 6:58 am

Hi Friends!
A friend of mine, form Ubuntu 16.04, moving Thunderbird default profile folder from A to B, has deleted the entire Thunderbird contents.
Do you know if exist any solution for this issue?
For example, the filesystem is ext4, do you think possible to "natively" undelete these files?
As another chance, could be possible to use testdisk/photorec?
Or do you see other possibilities?


Many thanks!
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Post Posted January 7th, 2021, 7:26 am

Moving to Thunderbird Support Forum.

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Post Posted January 7th, 2021, 11:02 am

See if https://askubuntu.com/questions/217606/ ... es-on-ext4 , https://likegeeks.com/recover-deleted-files-on-linux/ or https://www.fosslinux.com/41727/the-6-b ... ftware.htm helps.

You might get better suggestions if you provide more details on how the profile was accidentally deleted and what they've already tried (if anything).

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Post Posted January 7th, 2021, 12:15 pm

danjde wrote:A friend of mine, form Ubuntu 16.04, moving Thunderbird default profile folder from A to B, has deleted the entire Thunderbird contents.
Do you know if exist any solution for this issue?
For example, the filesystem is ext4, do you think possible to "natively" undelete these files?
As another chance, could be possible to use testdisk/photorec?
Or do you see other possibilities?

I'm speaking in general terms here, but in *nix, delete pretty much always means DELETE. :shock:

That's what backups are for!

Is your friend quite sure that there are no backups? Does s/he have cloud storage, like Dropbox or Amazon Drive, that automatically backs up their data? Or external drives (thumb drives, hard drives, networked computers) where they back up data? What about a previous computer that's still sitting around? Its contents would be outdated, but at least they'd be a start.

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Post Posted January 11th, 2021, 1:16 pm

tanstaafl wrote:See if https://askubuntu.com/questions/217606/ ... es-on-ext4 , https://likegeeks.com/recover-deleted-files-on-linux/ or https://www.fosslinux.com/41727/the-6-b ... ftware.htm helps.

You might get better suggestions if you provide more details on how the profile was accidentally deleted and what they've already tried (if anything).


The directory profile, was moved (mv on Linux) to usb key, where renamed, deleted, renamed, deleted, etc, etc...
Yes, I will try with extundelete and Testdisk, thanks!


LinuxUserSince1991 wrote:That's what backups are for![...]


No any backup!! ](*,)

Thanks to all!
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