As I mentioned a few posts ago that I got a new WD 250GB disk, I installed it and everything was working fine until I decided to run Partition Magic , when it started it gave some message that the partition table is corrupt and has been corrected.

And that was the last time that I saw my Windows run , when I reboot I got a bad boot disk message , I decided to do a new installation and the 1st partition of my old 80GB segate disk was appearing as unrecognized partition, so I decided to delete it and with that all the partitions on my segate disk got lost and the whole disk started to appear as unformatted space and I had to do a installation on the 2nd WD Disk

The disk had a lot of very important data and I could not afford to lose all of that.
In windows ‘disk management’ the segate disk was still appearing as a unformatted disk of 80GB and none of its partition was available

While searching for tools that could recover my lost data and partition table I tried many software’s including the ‘partition table doctor’ but all of them failed to give the desired results.
The partition table doctor was extremely slow and took hours to scan the disk and even than it was unable to recover all the data, instead it just kept on recovering the files that I had already deleted myself.

I thought that these disk tools will be able to just rebuild the partition table and recovery as such would not be required but that was not the case.

I had an old disk of Ontrack data recovery available that was about 4 years old , I also gave Ontrack a try and was surprised to see that it was able to recover all of the data from all the partitions ( including FAT and NTFS) and it also worked pretty quickly and completed scanning in minutes, all the time used was that for the copying of data to the healthy disk

I had used Ontrack in past to recover files that I sometimes accidentally deleted but I had no idea that it could also help to recover the whole partitions along with their file structure.

If you have any questions or confusions than do comment and I will try to explain in a better way 🙂

If you have forgot the default password of your linksys WRT54G router than remember that the default password for WRT54G is

user name = not required /give any
password = admin

and the default access IP of WRT54G is 192.168.1.1

The below mentioned regex or regular expression can be used to find all the comments lines in HTML source code

\< ![^\>]#\>

If you want to clean up your html from comments than you can use the search and replace feature of variuos text editors that understand regex ( ultraedit recommened) and replace this regex string with an empty one

You can even use this regex in MS Frontpage to remove the commented text

I really annoys when there is a problem with the modem settings and you realize that you have forgot the admin password for your DSL Modem.

Along with a Zoom Modem I also have a ZTE ADSL modem, ZXDSL 831D. I had forgot the password but thanks to the folks at http://www.defaultpassword.us/ The default or the factory set password for this modem is

USER = ZXDSL
PASSWORD = ZXDSL

remember it is all in CAPS and you can access the settings page by point your browser to this local address http://192.168.1.1/

I had a 80GB Seagate SATA 2 drive with 8MB cache, I thought that it would be more than enough when I bought it about 2 years ago , however due to downloading junk stuff from torrents and lots of Linux ISOs my Seagate drive had filled to capacity and I yesterday bought a new Western Digital 250GB SATA drive with 16MB cache . Before buying I had done a lot of research that hard drive from which vendor is better and after going through numerous forums, message boards and articles I came to the conclusion to buy a Western Digital drive instead of Seagate.
Opinions @internet regarding the performance of hard drives of these two companies are almost evenly poised with people giving a slight edge to Western Digital in reliability, Maxtor had really bad reviews.

So If you are looking to buy a new hard disk than I would suggest that you go for a WD hard drive, the prices for the two are almost same.

TIP: Also make sure that you have free SATA power cable in your PSU available otherwise also order the
SATA power cable along with the hard drive 🙂

I had a requirement in which I wanted to open SSH sessions with multiple hosts from Windows , execute some commands and than save the output in a log file. I was looking for some software to automate this and found SecureCRT . It has some very nice logging and automation abilities, with the ability to over write a log file or to just append to it, similarly there is also the macros feature and you just give the required commands once and than afterwards just rerun the macro by a single click.

At startup you can select multiple connections to connect and don’t have to individually login to each host , this is a real blessing If you have to connect to 20+ hosts at a time 🙂

Just want to share that I took the 1st exam of the LPIC 2 series i.e. the LPI 201 paper last week and have fortunately passed it . Now just one more exam to go in the LPI series , hopefully I will also take it in 3-4 months.

This time to paper was not very difficult as after clearing the level one exams I had an idea of what to expect .