Undeleting files from windows partitions

So, i will be doing this under linux for a good reason

My friend gave me his computer so that i can recover everything for him, he deleted all the photos and so many other things, photos of his family are most important to him.

So, becuase i have been holding his computer hostage for a week now, i decided to copy the entier hard drive so i can give him his computer back, and extract everything at my convinience, so after mountingf the disk i want to undelete from… i executed the command.

ddrescue /dev/sdb /hds/3tb/200gb.img /root/resumelog.log

So i had the image file that i can use for recovery after mounting

Now if as in the article here http://www.buildingcubes.com/2012/07/27/rescuing-a-failed-hard-drive/ i mounted the drive, i can use a nice linux command (ntfsundelete) to undelete the files from the mounted partition.

1- create a list of files to take a look at, put all deleted JPGs in a text file
ntfsundelete /hds/img -m ‘*.jpg’ -p 80 -t 8m > deletedmp3.txt
ntfsundelete /dev/loop0 -m ‘*.zip’ -p 50 -t 8m > deletedjpg.txt

2- change to the directory where you want to recover files to
cd /hds/wd1tb/newdir

3- recover all PNG files then all jpg files
ntfsundelete /dev/sda1 –u –m *.png
ntfsundelete /dev/sda1 –u –m *.jpg

or if i want to move them to a directory other than the active directory
ntfsundelete /dev/sda1 -u -m ‘*.jpg’ -p 90 -t 8m -d /hds/wd1tb/newdir

-p 90 means only recover files with at least 90% recoverable content
-t 5m means only files deleted in the past 8 months

Seriously retarded P698 gets an update, the LG optimus net duos

Before i tell you that there has been a software update for this phone, let me remind you of my review of the phone

The lowdown: right after the update, i tested the P698 dual sim android, and i can say that the phone which was a disaster before the update is perfectly usable now, i would still prefer the samsung galaxy Y duos (GT-S6102)

I have only used this phone as a 3G modem up to now, when i tried to use it as a phone, it was a disaster, the phone battery does not last for a day, and this is nothing compared to the very faulty software, ending a phone call is very hard to do (you need to wait 10 seconds before you can be sure the other party can no longer hear you) that is, if this magical phone does not get into stupid mode and make ending the phone call mission impossible, in short, the phone is a disaster.

Worth mentioning is that the phone hardware is pretty OK, in some regards better than the Samsung Y duos, it is the software that is a disaster, the only thing that i consider essential and is missing from the hardware is the proximity sensor (the one that disables the touch screen when the phone is close to your face). CORRECTION: THE LG P698 does have a proximity sensor, and with the new update it works just fine.

So, today i decided to check whether the phone got a new software update, and indeed it has (the second), this update is named (and dated) v10g-jul-06-2012, where the update right before this one was v10f-mar-07-2012, so what did LG do in those 3 months, any news of fixing the bugs that were killing me ?

I will now install both my lines into this phone (from my very usable and useful Samsung Y duos), i will try the phone for a couple of days and let everyone know of the results, i am not optimistic

I will be back in a couple of days to tell you all if the phone is better now.

The update:
The new update improves the software so that this phone is now usable compared to a phone i bought and could not use, the samsung galaxy Y duos is still better than this phone (and has the swype application that is very nice), so i am still favoring the Samsung Galaxy Y duos, but the LG P698 is not so bad now, it works as a phone just fine