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I don't know the answer to Question 1. Deleted files will be included in a dd copy, since it is a byte-for-byte copy from the disk (not file-by-file). If your recovery program can work on disk images, it should work the same as if it was a physical drive, once again because the image should be byte-for-byte the same as the disk. EDIT It appears that dd ...


"Or am I just going to have to rewrite them?" DING DING DING here's your answer (unfortunately). The computer can't reconstruct data from nothing. "Hello computer, figure out what I want to say and type it for me will ya"? We're not there yet. :) You've exhausted all your avenues; corruption is one of the reasons why backups exist. Shed a tear, suck ...

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