View Full Version : [ubuntu] All Data Lost !

May 4th, 2008, 09:09 AM
Hi everybody,

I just install Ubuntu but I made a mistake so WIdnows XP and all HD data are lost, pictures, movies documents,etc

Is there any recovery software to recover most of them ?

Thanks for any advice


May 5th, 2008, 09:32 AM
hi there,
are you absolutely positive all data is gone? what is the output of
sudo fdisk -l
But, if a partition has been written over the top of where the windows XP one was, then unfortunately, no, there is no way to get it back, if the blocks that XP was on, have not been touched, there is a slight chance we could get it back....


May 5th, 2008, 10:12 AM
PhotoRec (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec)

Edit: Also see TestDisk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TestDisk).

May 5th, 2008, 10:25 AM
Yeah, TestDisk and Photorec. Testdisk will dig down many layers if necessary to find the previous partition. Scans still turn up old buried ntfs layers I have overwritten with ext3 long ago. Getting all your data back is another issue. But hopefully you'll be able to recover most of it.