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Thread: Ubuntu wiped my drive?

  1. #1
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    Oct 2013

    Angry Ubuntu wiped my drive?

    I was installing Ubuntu when I accidentally hit the replace Windows with Ubuntu box, the next step was choosing my time zone, I looked for the back button, or power off button, but there wasn't one, so I hard shut my computer down. When I rebooted (with installation USB out), my Windows wouldn't boot, even my recovery (restore) doesn't work. How could Ubuntu wipe your drive without a a few seconds? Is this supposed to happen? How do I get my OS back?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Virginia, USA
    Ubuntu Mate Development Release

    Re: Ubuntu wiped my drive?

    I accidentally hit the replace Windows with Ubuntu box,
    It only did what YOU told it to do!

    It probably started out by reformatting the partition containing Windows -- which actually takes only a few seconds and was probably already finished when you panicked and shutdown the machine.

    What version of Windows were you running?

    How do I get my OS back?
    Answer depends critically on what you have that you can use to restore the OS.

    Did you make a set of recovery disks?

    Did you leave the Recovery partition intact when you installed Ubuntu? Or did you erase that, first?

    Do you have MS Windows full installation media?
    Last edited by Mark Phelps; October 9th, 2013 at 11:14 PM.
    Ubuntu 16.10 Mate, Mint 18 Mate; MS Win 8.1, MS Win10 Pro.
    Will not respond to PM requests for support -- use the forums.

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