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    How ubuntu is very good at messing up your HD and files

    I wanted to do a dual boot with my windows, had 2 partitions, one with windows 8.1(which had all my files from my work, unviersity,etc). I, stupidly, tried installing ubuntu from a live cd, well, what hapenned was, it asked if I want to install it on my disk, but did NOT ask me which partition It would install into, neither it warned me it would format the ENTIRE disk.
    I just want to thank ubuntu for failing at something so simple. Now I`m in a quest to recover my partition and files.
    Last edited by QIII; March 13th, 2014 at 01:20 AM. Reason: title

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    Re: How ubuntu is very good at ****ng up your HD and files

    No, I won't say it...
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    Re: How ubuntu is very good at ****ng up your HD and files

    Quote Originally Posted by arthur4 View Post
    I wanted to do a dual boot with my windows, had 2 partitions, one with windows 8.1(which had all my files from my work, unviersity,etc). I, stupidly, tried installing ubuntu from a live cd, well, what hapenned was, it asked if I want to install it on my disk, but did NOT ask me which partition It would install into, neither it warned me it would format the ENTIRE disk.
    I just want to thank ubuntu for failing at something so simple. Now I`m in a quest to recover my partition and files.
    Well it says it will erase everything. You didn't pay attention so how is that Ubuntu's fault? You should have chosen "install alongside" or "something else" and do it manually. Anyway dualbooting with Win8 is problematic because of MicroSoft's attempt to lock down the hardware, again it is not Linux's fault.

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    Re: How ubuntu is very good at ****ng up your HD and files

    Not reading prompts is a good way to mess up your HDD and lose your files.

    There are multiple install options and it says in all caps THIS WILL ERASE YOUR FILES.
    Last edited by QIII; March 13th, 2014 at 01:21 AM. Reason: corrected spelling

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    Re: How ubuntu is very good at messing up your HD and files

    Admitting one's own oversight in following obvious instructions is a more civil way of asking for help and having any chance of such being returned.

    We have all done it ourselves.
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    Re: How ubuntu is very good at messing up your HD and files

    Quote Originally Posted by QIII View Post
    We have all done it ourselves.
    Guilty as charged.

    Thanks to having backups.
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    Re: How ubuntu is very good at messing up your HD and files

    Quote Originally Posted by sammiev View Post
    Guilty as charged.

    Thanks to having backups.
    Nah, not me.

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    Re: How ubuntu is very good at messing up your HD and files

    The question is - has the user actually overwritten anything ......... or is it that the computer will not boot up.

    Often the initial reaction to something going wrong and a machine not booting or going to a black screen is

    Oh no ......... its screwed everything up ........ when that is rarely the case.

    People do follow instructions - and when they see a Warning saying this will write over all of your data
    they do not choose it - and especially with important information on a disk - they keep a backup before
    risking anything - just common sense.

    Booting from a live CD and running something like bootinfoscript

    http://bootinfoscript.sourceforge.net/

    Would probably be the first thing to do then (if confirmed that the drive has been overwritten) - take a image of it with clonezilla or take the hard drive out and give it to a specialist company to see if anything can be retrieved.

    There are options ......... but how successful they are depend on the steps taken after realizing something
    has gone wrong.

    First reaction is usually oh no what have I done - the next reaction is what steps can be taken to recover the
    situation. ( who knows - over the years of using both windows and linux - things happen - I once decided to
    install win 95 just for a laugh ...... about a year ago now ........ it changed everything on one drive to 16 bit
    with no prior warning - but I still managed to recover it with testdisk )

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    Re: How ubuntu is very good at messing up your HD and files

    I just don't understand who would want to wipe all of it partitions inside one disk just to install ubuntu?

    Second thing, it says it'll wipe the disk, it just wipes the main partition, which just make it more confusing, why just not let we choose which partition it's going to be wiped, or warn the user about the partition that will be wiped instead? Ubuntu should be more user(noob)-friendly. Also, imagine how confusing it could be for people which first lenguage isn't english to see any difference between Disk and Partition.. Just saying, be more humble, it could be you that will need to be understood one day.

    Anyway, fortunately I just remembered that I did a wide backup 3 weeks ago
    Last edited by arthur4; March 13th, 2014 at 05:19 AM.

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