I have used PhotoRec/TestDisk on my laptop with Ubuntu 18.04.5 to recover some deleted files from the ext4 filesystem.
I first let it do its work on the entire partition, all extensions. And PhotoRec has managed to recover a couple of millions of files. Since the recovered files are named differently and are not arranged in folders as they were it is hard to find the files of interest.
I then launched PhotoRec again with only one file type:
sqlite, but I asked it to search for corrupted files as well.
It run well for a while, but then it notified me that I am running low on memory and suggested me to empty my trash bin. I did delete the files in my trash and resumed the search.
Soon the system completely run out of memory to the point where it was not possible to create a new folder.
I have deleted the initially recovered files (all from the entire partition). But it didn't seem to delete them actually. To be precise: the files disappeared. But, the space was not freed.
I thought a reboot will free the space. But, now I can't even boot into Ubuntu:
I can go to
Advanced Options >>
Ubuntu (recovery mode).
I have a number of options there. One of them:
system-summary, tells me that, indeed, my disk is 100% full.
Now, my instinct is to run
clean. But, as the saying goes: once bitten, twice shy - I'm not quite sure this is the right thing to do. It says "Continuing will remount your / filesystem in read/write mode and mount any other filesystem defined in
- What is the right thing to do here?
- What is in
- Can I free only part of my space, enough to be able to boot the system and still keep my recovered files.
It looks like the recovered files which I have
Shift+Delete-ed are still stored in
.local/share/Trash/expunged. Why are they still here?