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September 26, 2013 9:09:08 AM

Hello, I've installed Ubuntu 13.4 recently. While ago, I accidentally lost all my files, now I'm looking for a recovery software to recover them all, but I can't find any. Any of you guys can help me out?
September 26, 2013 9:13:27 AM

When did you lose your files? Before or after installing Ubuntu? You could use a file recovery service, but its kind of expensive.
September 26, 2013 9:16:09 AM

Well, I lost them WHILE installing Ubuntu. Not sure what happened but when I installed Ubuntu, my Hard Drive was empty!
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September 26, 2013 12:15:25 PM

So, you had Windows on that computer, and then started installing Ubuntu on top of it? How did you partition your disk? Is your Ubunti installation now working?
September 26, 2013 12:37:11 PM

yes, sounds silly I know, but I need Ubuntu for something. I could install it aside Windows but I'm not sure why I didn't :-D I had 2 partitions, C and D. Yes, Ubuntu working just fine and I'm posting this in Ubuntu, right now. And also, I lost that 2 partitions, and it's just one partition now. Damn, it's like I have to install Windows again, just for recovering my files.

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September 26, 2013 12:46:56 PM
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I am afraid that even if you re-install Windows, your data is gone - you have installed Ubuntu __on_top__ of your Windows data. While there is a slight chance **something** is recoverable, I would not hold my breath for that.

What you did:
- you had two partitions, C: (let say, 100gb) and D: (let say, 200gb), formatted NTFS;
- you have deleted them, and made another two or three partitions while installing Ubuntu. These partitions are now on top of your previous C/D partitions. Aside from that, you have changed your partition table, so every information about your previous partitions is now GONE.

Go to Windows forum, and start looking for ideas about good file recovery software, if any of the data on your Windows paritions is irreplaceable.
September 26, 2013 12:55:25 PM

I wanna say F*** Ubuntu, but Ubuntu looks nice :-D Thanks mate, for your help.
September 26, 2013 1:00:18 PM

It is not Ubuntu, but you to blame - during installation, you WERE warned that all of your data will be deleted. Same would happen if you installed Windows, and choose "custom" installation with repartitioning / reformatting.
September 26, 2013 1:03:25 PM

Oh I'm aware of that, I saw the "warning", but I thought it would just delete files on C: I had no idea :-) However, thanks, what's done cannot be undone.
September 26, 2013 6:58:12 PM

See if you can find a copy of R-Studio. It may take 16 hours and be a real pain in the rear to understand, but it is VERY good at getting data back.
September 27, 2013 1:10:30 AM

Alabalcho said:
I am afraid that even if you re-install Windows, your data is gone - you have installed Ubuntu __on_top__ of your Windows data. While there is a slight chance **something** is recoverable, I would not hold my breath for that.

What you did:
- you had two partitions, C: (let say, 100gb) and D: (let say, 200gb), formatted NTFS;
- you have deleted them, and made another two or three partitions while installing Ubuntu. These partitions are now on top of your previous C/D partitions. Aside from that, you have changed your partition table, so every information about your previous partitions is now GONE.

Go to Windows forum, and start looking for ideas about good file recovery software, if any of the data on your Windows paritions is irreplaceable.


This is not exactly correct. The only windows data that has been permenently lost is where Ubuntu installed data and since Ubuntu is smaller than windows chances are good that none of your created files are lost only some of the windows system.

Start ubuntu from your flash drive.
Install testdisk
from terminal run sudo testdisk
keep hitting enter until you see your old windows partitions listed (along with the new Ubuntu ones) near the bottom the option P: List files is what you need. Before hitting P select the windows partition that held your data and then have a look at what you can copy, preferably to an external drive.
If that didn't work run sudo photorec (which is included with testdisk).
Select the file formates you want searched for and where to copy them and let it run.
I prefer testdisk first because it doesn't rename files like photorec does.
Now that you have saved all you can, try testdisk again and see if it can't recover the whole partition where your data was, you might get real lucky.
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