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    Angry Empty partition after install

    Hi, All !
    Until yesterday, I used/testing OpenSuse 12.3 and used my partition, mounted in "/mnt/point". When I reinstalls I dont format this partition also "/home". Today I decided to try again Ubuntu 12.04. And again shell annoyed me, then make Mint 13 install. When install start I got a message "Can't mount point at /mnt/point!" or something that sort of thing. After install finished and start new system, My folder named "Point" doesn't exist
    In OpenSuse for last using the folder contained over 110 GB from 120 GB. In Mint 13 I have 117 GB free space and some strange folders with names "at-spi2", "pulse-2L9K88eMlGn7", "pulse-PKdhtXMmr18n".
    In that partiton I had some Music and Movie and don't carry them, I can download them again, but why My Folder is gone? Why the partition is broken. I used for last 6-8 months. My hard Toshiba is over 4 years old. The partition have not bad sector.
    Pls, give me hope. Give me explanation for this case.
    Tnx in advance and sorry for my bad English.
    Last edited by tbk515; May 3rd, 2013 at 09:05 AM. Reason: solved

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    Re: Empty partition after install

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    Re: Empty partition after install

    Do not write anything onto the partition which contains your important files.
    First, confirm that the partitiion you think to be the partition which contains your important files is really the partition which contains your important files.
    Code:
    sudo blkid
    sudo parted -l
    or palimpsest (gnome disk utility) or gparted may help you to confirm.

    If it is really the partition which contains your important files, then confirm that you have enough access permission to the directories and the files in the partition.
    Code:
    sudo ls -l <mount point of the partition>
    Replace the above words between "<" and ">" to proper word.
    Do not type "<" and ">".
    Read manuals to understand the output of "ls" by
    Code:
    man ls
    You can check the mount point of the partition by
    Code:
    sudo mount
    If the partition is not mounted, you can mount it onto /mnt (mount point of the partition) by
    Code:
    sudo mount -t auto <device file name of the partition> /mnt -o rw
    I assume you use mint. I have a poor memory, but I remember that some linux distributions like sabayon mount some partitions onto a directory (such as windows) in /mnt. If you use such distribution, mounting onto /mnt may mess up your system.

    Device file name is like /dev/sda5.

    If you do not have enough access permission, then you can change the owner of them by
    Code:
    sudo chown <your user name (account)>  -R <mount point of the partition>
    You can also change the permission of them by
    Code:
    sudo chmod <permission combination> -R <mount point of the partition>
    You can read manuals by
    Code:
    man chown
    man chmod
    or so.

    If the partition which contains/contained your important files does not contain any of your important files, you might have formatted it.
    Even so, you may be able to recover files by "photorec" or "testdisk"
    You can install photorec, which is involved in "testdisk" package, and testdisk by
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install testdisk
    Last edited by kiyop; May 3rd, 2013 at 05:57 AM. Reason: how to install photorec and testdisk
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    Re: Empty partition after install

    kiyop, Tnx for trying to help me, but today I started Mint 13 and Xubuntu 12.04 as LIVE user from Install CD and the result is: The buggy Mint is formatted the partition without my permissions. So I never use Mint again, until version 112 released.
    Btw, I tried yesterday half of your suggestions without any success.
    Tnx!

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    Re: Empty partition after install

    Quote Originally Posted by tbk515 View Post
    The buggy Mint is formatted the partition without my permissions.
    ...
    Btw, I tried yesterday half of your suggestions without any success.
    I am sorry to hear that.

    Quote Originally Posted by tbk515 View Post
    Hi, All !
    Until yesterday, I used/testing OpenSuse 12.3 and used my partition, mounted in "/mnt/point". When I reinstalls I dont format this partition also "/home". Today I decided to try again Ubuntu 12.04. And again shell annoyed me, then make Mint 13 install. When install start I got a message "Can't mount point at /mnt/point!" or something that sort of thing. After install finished and start new system, My folder named "Point" doesn't exist
    Read installation manual for mint before installing mint so that you will not lose your important data in future.

    Quote Originally Posted by tbk515 View Post
    Why the partition is broken.
    What did you do? Especially I cannot understand what you did about:
    Quote Originally Posted by tbk515 View Post
    When I reinstalls I dont format this partition also "/home". Today I decided to try again Ubuntu 12.04. And again shell annoyed me, then make Mint 13 install.
    Did you try testdisk and/or photorec? They sometimes recover well.
    Last edited by kiyop; May 3rd, 2013 at 10:36 AM.
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    Re: Empty partition after install

    We, in Bulgaria don't read Users Manuals.

    Yesterday tried to mount the partition, I changed permissions, but forgot to try rescue tools, because the media isn't so important.
    Today I decided to migrate to XFCE for permanently. I loved Gnome 2.x.

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