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#1 3DModelerMan   Members   -  Reputation: 1020

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:33 PM

I installed Ubuntu over windows on a desktop and just realized that I REALLY need to get files that were on it. Does anyone have ideas? Bootable ISO discs to recover file? Ways to pull old deleted messages off of POP email servers? Anything? I'm REALLY desperate. I installed Ubuntu 12.04 and replaced Windows XP.


#2 Bacterius   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 9043

Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:08 PM

Did you overwrite the entire partition? How much have you used Ubuntu after installing it? What type are those files, how big? Normally, you don't overwrite the entire drive when installing a new OS, so your data should still be there somewhere, but not as files anymore, more like a bunch of bits scattered on your hard drive.

In any case, don't touch your hard drive (no, don't even boot Ubuntu) until you can figure a plan out, otherwise you're just running the risk of overwriting more of your files.

Depending on the previous and new partition, there should be recovery tools available which you can burn on CD/put on a flash drive and boot from there and it'll try to recover as much as possible. But as for deleted messages on POP email servers, that's really up to whoever runs the servers.

Edited by Bacterius, 10 December 2012 - 11:11 PM.

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#3 slicer4ever   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3942

Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:12 PM

hook up the hdd as a second drive, and use recuva to recover your files. the bigger the hdd the more likely it is your data hasn't been overwritten yet.
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#4 3DModelerMan   Members   -  Reputation: 1020

Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:25 PM

I've hardly used Ubuntu yet. It's an 80GB drive. I'll try Recuva first because it seems like the least destructive option. What about testdisk? Can you copy files to an external drive from that?

#5 3DModelerMan   Members   -  Reputation: 1020

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:56 PM

Thanks for the help. I got it.

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