has anyone ever recovered an NTFS drive overwritten with a reiserfs system?
A wiped file system.
No file system == data gibberish ..., but ... depends on how stubborn you are as well. Probably looking at a lot of pain in any recovery attempt.
Have you a scratch partition that you can do a raw dd copy to ?. As soon as you start to use it ... if it's working that is, you are going to overwrite things. Well, as you know anyway.
Have a search around linuxquestions.org and do a google on "ntfs". There is an open source project involved with ntfs, but i think it's been dead for a while. But the site should still be there. The big problem is that MS wont allow the the specs to be published.... Which is the whole point to the ntfs
. It is not a great tech break through, more of a close down.
Also, possibly have a look at the linuxmafia.org site. There will probably be some links to the site i'm thinking of, along with some info one proprietry sw designed to work out that kind of thing.. Unfortunately i haven't got the address right in front of me. But google will have it.
Not good odds though. If you have overwritten the fs, all you can do is a dd search really, based on whatever strings you can remember. Not good news.
I figure you will at least need to use some specialised s/w == have to pay ... if it is at all possible.