Anyone highly proficient with TestDisk?

Tengis

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Im trying to recover a partition that got messed up via a botched input. Ive already recovered the data to a second disk using another utility, but the data all has random file names instead of the original file structure/file names. There are thousands of photos and thousands of music/video files that will never get organized unless I can somehow recover the original names and folders.

I tried to use Testdisk once or twice already but I have yet to be able to see the original files/folders after attempting to recover the partition. I understand what Im doing but probably not enough to actually be able to accomplish my end goal of just recovering the original partition. Right now Im doing a quick scan and I believe it auto selected GPT when it came to partition type. Before I make any further changes Id rather have someone that knows what they are doing chime in.

Original OS was Debian/OpenMediaVault and partition type was EXT4. My original attempt to use TestDisk may not have been up to date which apparently could have had issues with EXT4... I just downloaded/am running a live version of LinuxMint right now and I just installed/made sure TestDisk was updates via command line.
 

mwroobel

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I know you have the filename-free data recovered already, but what you should do now is make a bit-perfect copy of the original drive with DD and make your attempts to repair only on the copy. This way you can always go back to a pristine version (well, as pristine as a damaged copy can be of course) of your drive. Do you know how the partition was damaged specifically?
 

Tengis

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I know you have the filename-free data recovered already, but what you should do now is make a bit-perfect copy of the original drive with DD and make your attempts to repair only on the copy. This way you can always go back to a pristine version (well, as pristine as a damaged copy can be of course) of your drive. Do you know how the partition was damaged specifically?
I assume I may have botched a console command and put the destination as /dev/disk1 or something. Im not really sure, but realize it was messed up and tried to backtrack what I did but couldnt figure it out. At one point I thought I was the victim of a cyber attack but Im not leaning that way anymore.

Its an 8tb drive and I do not have the capability to do an exact copy except for onto the drive I already copied the data to (I have two of them). I suppose I could go buy another drive right now... hmm.
 

Tengis

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Just bought another drive to copy it to... gonna start this long process that will probably take a day lol.
 
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