In your recovery practice we often face the problem when data lost by execution DROP TABLE or DROP DATABASE statement. In this case even our InnoDB Data Recovery tool can't help, as table / directory with files was deleted (if you have innodb-file-per-table). And the same for MyISAM, all .MYD / .MYI / .frm - files are deleted in this case.
So first step after DROP is to restore files, and for ext3 file
system there are two utilities which can help of you are fast
(and lucky) enough.
First one is ext3grep …