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    Angry data recovery from dual boot system

    I had dual boot on my lenovo laptop. Windows 7 ultimate and Ubuntu 10.10. I upgraded Ubuntu to 11.04. During the process the two partitions were shown and was asked to change partitions, if any. I did not know what can be the effect. I moved partition Ext partition as the other was quite bigger. Later I found that windows not shown in grub. However sudo fdiskl showed two NTFS partitions of windows (C and D drives) data size. Since I did not have time to learn through internet and carry this risky work wherein I could have lt my 80 GB data, I gave the work to an expert. He charged hefty amount. Now the file names are seen on Windows 7 ultimate but files do not open. I guess he recovered data on windows 2008 service pack system with one month validity software SPWDR. Since one more day of the software was still remaining, I tried to get the data by myself. Neither his correctly named files open nor my .iso files open. I searched for I net solution for .iso files. FreeFileViewer was suggested as the solution. But this software just says something about Codecs. Now how to get my files back. The file names with proper data size is on my comp. and .iso files are also there. Further what? Can any one help me out.

    Dr Vishwajeet

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    Re: data recovery from dual boot system

    If you're in Ubuntu, you should be able to open the ISO files using archive manager or 7zip. In Windows, you can use 7zip or Winrar.

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    Re: data recovery from dual boot system

    You ran a lot of info together, so it's difficult to see what your current situation is and what you're trying to recover.

    Different tools are needed to recover files from different filesystems.

    My own experience is that MS Windows tools are best at recovering files from MS Windows filesystems (i.e., NTFS); Linux tools are best at recovering files from Linux filesystems.

    Without further details, we're just guessing.
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    Re: data recovery from dual boot system

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Monreal View Post
    If you're in Ubuntu, you should be able to open the ISO files using archive manager or 7zip. In Windows, you can use 7zip or Winrar.
    Dear Jon,
    I have got data on Windows 7 Ultimate on Lenovo system. Data does not open with regular software which it used to open. For example, Windows Media player files initially open a window and without playing the video, return with message,
    Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file.

    I checked for solution on net and accordingly downloaded FreeFileViewer. Unfortunately it could not play the same. It is not only for this file, more importantly my pptx files are not opening which I use for teaching. I have put long time hours and about 10 years to prepare some of the files and research papers. Nothing is opening. Please help me out. Thanks for your response.
    Dr. Vishwajeet

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    Re: data recovery from dual boot system

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    You ran a lot of info together, so it's difficult to see what your current situation is and what you're trying to recover.

    Different tools are needed to recover files from different filesystems.

    My own experience is that MS Windows tools are best at recovering files from MS Windows filesystems (i.e., NTFS); Linux tools are best at recovering files from Linux filesystems.

    Without further details, we're just guessing.
    Dear Mark,
    Thank you for your response. Some of my files are recovered (so to say, actually not). Only I see the file names but can not open them. Some problem with codec, I guess from net surfi ng. For example, I see the media file with name on the screen. I try to open it with either with Windows Media Player or VLC media player. A window opens but it does not play the video. For me my pptx are very important. My 10 years hard work has gone in preparing teaching slides and research papers. One of the messages that I get is shown below.
    Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file.
    Net Solution for pptx and docx files was to use FreeFileViewer. I downloaded it, yet for no use. It shows all funny symbols.
    Can you guide on this?
    Dr. Vishwajeet
    Last edited by vishwanaya; March 11th, 2012 at 03:23 PM. Reason: some more information

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    Re: data recovery from dual boot system

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Monreal View Post
    If you're in Ubuntu, you should be able to open the ISO files using archive manager or 7zip. In Windows, you can use 7zip or Winrar.
    For pptx files, FreeFileViewer shows all funny symbols. It is not only for this file, even my pdfx files are not opening. has it to do something with former 32 bit and new 64 bit software?
    Thanks.
    Last edited by vishwanaya; March 11th, 2012 at 03:25 PM.

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    Re: data recovery from dual boot system

    The pptx and docx filename extensions are the new "XML" file formats that MS introduced with Office 2007. While Linux apps can work to some degree with these, only MS Office can actually handle them well.

    And unfortunately, I don't believe there is any way to get PowerPoint 2007 working well in Linux, even using Wine or its derivatives.

    See the WineHQ link below:

    http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManage...ication&iId=13

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