Re: Lost XP partition during dual installation - never said goodbye !
XP is gone. There is no NTFS partition anymore. Don't know what install option you used, but whatever it was, it reformatted the entire drive, wiping out the XP partition.
How did you do the repartitioning to make room for Ubuntu? Did you shrink XP using GParted and then create Linux partitions, or did you use the SLider in the installer?
The complication now is that the Linux filesystem has ovewritten the Windows filesystem, and if you simply restore the XP partition, that will most likely destroy the Linux filesystem.
If you want to get the XP files back, you will need to be able to connect the drive containing those files to a Windows PC, download and install a Windows data recovery app, and run it against the drive. IF you use RecoverMyFiles from Runtime Software, that will be able to reconstruct the folder and file organization that was there in XP -- but you will need to write that to a different drive. And, to do the actual file recovery, you will have to purchase a license online.
You could also install EASUS Partition Master on that Windows PC to see if it can simply restore the former XP partition. Sometimes, it can do that and it is free.
Last edited by Mark Phelps; July 1st, 2013 at 09:26 PM.
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