overwritten truecrypt bootloader - can it be restored??

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  1. tatralor

    tatralor Registered Member

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    Hi all,

    In a momentary lapse of thinking, I have overwritten the Truecrypt boot loader with another one. I'm trying for days to make it work, but with no luck. I cannot mount the drive neither in Windows 7, nor in Ubuntu.

    I have an internal drive with 3 partitions (excepting the linux swap). First one is with Ubuntu 12.04LTS, second with windows 7 (full encrypted) and third is non-system NTFS:

    http://i57.tinypic.com/23v17kn.png

    I needed to boot into Ubuntu (first time in 2 years) to solve an issue with a mobile phone and because the Truecrypt boot loader didn't let me boot into Ubuntu, i have installed BootUS or something like that (it skipped my mind that by doing that, the encrypted partition will get messed up). And afterwards, i still couldn't boot Ubuntu (damn bootloader) and i have booted an Ubuntu liveCD and also installed GRUB (to be able to boot Ubuntu whenever i want to). Only when i have restarted and tried to get into windows i have realised what i've done.

    I have tried to mount it in Ubuntu and in a live version of Win 7 (using Truecrypt) in every possible mode but no use. I found this forum and some related posts, got WinHex running, but i don't understand exactly what i have to do and wether there's smth that can be done or not, how the Truecrypt header can be identified etc.

    This is how the encrypted partition looks like in WinHex:

    http://i62.tinypic.com/ncxukx.png

    Is there a way to recover it?

    Thanks a dozen,
    Andu
     
  2. Palancar

    Palancar Registered Member

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    Am I assuming you don't have a rescue disk? If you do have one its a few seconds and you are in.
     
  3. tatralor

    tatralor Registered Member

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    No rescue disk, no back-up, no nothing :-(
     
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  4. FriendlyNeighbor

    FriendlyNeighbor Registered Member

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    Have you tried mounting the disk with the option "restore volume header" and then using the hidden volume headers?

    Have you tried using Testcrypt?

    I've just posted a thread with a lot of information about a similar issue. It should be helpful for you.
     
  5. tatralor

    tatralor Registered Member

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    Thanks man! I have tried everything inside Truecrypt. On Testcrypt website sais: "Pre-Boot Authentication is not supported", which is not my case. I don't know what else to do. Also have tried like 10-15 file/partition recovery software. Truecrypt is really a kick-ass program. It's a pitty that they've given up on it.
     
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