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    faq14 used to say this:

    Recovering partitions after deleting the disklabel

    If you have a damaged partition table, there are various things you can attempt to do to recover it.

    Firstly, panic. You usually do so anyways, so you might as well get it over with. Just don’t do anything stupid. Panic away from your machine. Then relax, and see if the steps below won’t help you out.

    (apparently, was removed last year in this big cleanup)

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      scan_ffs(8) still does:

      The basic operation of this program is as follows:

      1. Panic. You usually do so anyways, so you might as well get it over with. Just don’t do anything stupid. Panic away from your machine. Then relax, and see if the steps below won’t help you out.