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Im posting this from Ubuntu 8.10 LTS Hardy Heron and i need help. I installed it tonight and im have a huge problem. I was using xp on my laptop and my friend said that when you installed Ubuntu it will not delete your xp instead it will be in the GRUB menu for me to chose to boot into. I installed Ubuntu without backing up my files on xp and after installing ubuntu i find out my xp partition is gone. Its not in the menu for GRUB, i cannot access it and its not detected in Gparted.

Would it be possible to get the partition back or even just files from it? I have lots of important work on it.
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You could try some sort of file restoring software, but in reality everything you had is gone (you deleted the windows partiton). When you want to install something, be sure to read the instruction first and take an advice from someone competent in this field.

P.S. did you invent the time machine? Ubuntu 8.10 means it is released in october 2008
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The whole drive has been reformatted to ext3, but you should still be able to recover some of the files. All that formatting does it tell the computer how to store the data, the old data that wasn't physically overwritten by the ubuntu install is still "there." Personally I don't know of your recovery options for Linux, but all is not lost.
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Try this.
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I have had much success with the R-undelete software. Easy to use and great at recovery.
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post #6 of 12
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oops yea its 8.04 LTS xD

thanks for the replies i asked my friend and he said that i will probably not be able to get the partition back but i might be able to get the data back by using photorec and Testdisk. Im waiting for them to finish doing thier stuff. I really hope it works.Any other suggestions?
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Always have a back. Somewhere.

I learned the hard way too.
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Hope you'll get everything back. If not, post here and we'll find a solution
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post #9 of 12
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Still waiting for it to find the files taking quite a while....
Edited by kazakia - 5/16/08 at 8:45am
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Ouch.... Always, always, always have a backup before messing with the HDD!!! There is a low chance that something will screw up, but if it does, you WANT that backup. It's worth it, even if all you do is put important stray document files on a HDD.
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