e2retrieve is a data recovery tool for Ext2 filesystem. This means that e2retrieve will not try to repair the filesystem but will extract data to "copy" it to another place (another disk, NFS, Samba, ...).


I started e2retrieve because I got a crash disk, and that disk was part of a LVM (and that disk represented the first 10GB of the LVM...). I thought that remaining data on the other disks could be recoverable, so e2retrieve started as a challenge (for me) and a way to better understand the underneath of Ext2.
The other reason I started e2retrieve is that I wasn't able to find such a tool (now, it seems that e2extract does something similar), and e2salvage didn't do what I expected.

e2retrieve shouldn't be useful for those who are working in enterprise because they do backups (or they should do), but when when you are at home you can't pay for a full backup of 120GB, for example; but this doesn't meen you have to loose all of your data...


This version must considered alpha because even if it worked for me, I tweaked some internal algorithms for my needs, so some of these things can still be present. Plus, I'm not very confident with the scanning process.
If you play a bit with e2retrieve and that you see something weird, I encourage you to send me a mail. You can even send me raw data or image file you played with by FTP (through my ADSL line...).

NEW: this is a new version of e2retrieve_rescuedisk that should compile better (tested on Slackware 9.0, Suse 8.2 and Redhat 6.2 with GCC version 2.96, 3.2 & 3.3).

The following archive (e2retrieve_rescuedisk.tar.gz 36MB) will help you in creating a floppy bootable disk to recover your files. The bootable floppy disk will contain (after compiling and/or tweaking):

The archive is very big because it contains all sources. It comes with a Makefile that will assist you in compiling. The archive do not contain e2retrieve, so you must download it and put it in the good directory (see README file). All is x86 oriented, but you can adapt it easily to be build for another architecture.


Through the following links, you may find something that better fits your needs, gives better results or help going :