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Wiped Windows partition while installing Ubuntu. Next?


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#1
Hello,

First post and I wish it was under better circumstances.

** I think I've put this in the wrong section. Sorry. **

I have managed to wipe my Windows partition while installing the latest release of Ubuntu (v14.04). I've had my HDD split in two with both Windows 8 (updated to 8.1 Update) and Ubuntu and dual-booted between them for over a year.

During the Ubunut install it informed me that I had a previous version of Ubuntu and would I like to wipe the partition that it occupied and install cleanly. I chose that. It also offered a chance to use free space. Now, why I accepted that I don't know but the definition of free space seems to include any other partitions on the drive and didn't warn of this either!

The upshot is that I now have a 1TB drive with no Windows on it. I've lost all my email, pics etc etc.

I tried using my rescue DVD that I created from within Windows and at 29% I am asked to insert the second disc. I don't have a second disk. I had to force my laptop to power down in order to do anything. In order to get online I ended up installing Ubuntu again and it definitely shows no Windows partition.

I've already ordered a retail copy of Windows 8.1 and I'm hoping that I can install this with no issues on what is effectively a clean drive. Am I correct in that assumption? Is there anything else I can try that might rescue it?

I have a Dell Inspiron 17r SE that is out of warranty so no support from Dell. I'm in the UK too if that helps.

Thank you very, very much in advance.
 

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sri2000

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#2
try i care data recovery it has a 80% chance to recover your file i recommend stellar too but prefer i care over it :)
 

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Mark Phelps

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#3
You need to quit using the PC if you hope to recover any files Every time you use it, existing files get overwritten, lessening the chance of recovering anything.

If you have access to another PC (even through a friend), download and burn a CD of the Minitool Partition Wizard Boot CD. It provides the feature of recovering partitions -- and it might be able to recover your former Win8 partitions, at least enough to get some of your personal files back.
 

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Definitely stop using that computer until you can recover the data. You might be able to use something called Testdisk to recover the data. Lastly if you want use Linux there is almost no reason to ever dual boot this OS. You could easily run this in a virtual machine if you have the hardware for it. Its much safer and easier to deal with.
 

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Thanks for the replies. After two aborted attempts at recovering the install and then installing Ubuntu again I've probably not got anything left to save. Apart from all the hours of game saves that are gone there isn't really anything worth the bother of trying to recover.

I have a soft spot for Ubuntu but, in all honesty, it is still years away from being a 'no-brainer' Windows replacement. To that end I've ordered a retail copy of W8.1 and I'm hoping it will install without any hiccups. Fingers crossed...
 

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whs

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If you want to play around with Linux, run it from a persistent USB stick - or more elegantly side by side with Windows in virtual. That does not muck up your system and is really easy to install.

I run Mint Mate which is much closer to Windows than Ubuntu ever was - it uses a lot of Ubuntu facilities though. In some areas Linux is more advanced than Windows and in other areas it has less function. It all depends what you are trying to do.
 

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I would suggest after the 2nd install of Ubuntu there wont be much to recover from the previous installation. Two partitions on the drive is also a safer way to proceed with dual boot.
 

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I would suggest after the 2nd install of Ubuntu there wont be much to recover from the previous installation. Two partitions on the drive is also a safer way to proceed with dual boot.
That's what I had. Ubuntu has what I can only describe as inherent ambiguity in the installation process. Also appears to have a recognised bug that might have caused this.

Kicking myself as with each release I hope it will be as good as Windows. It never is.
 

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There is a (disputed) bug in Ubuntu that will sometimes result in erasing the entire drive when simply installing or reinstalling Ubuntu. I'm saying disputed because, all though it has been reported numerous times on the Ubuntu forums, folks there tend to believe that everything like this must be the Poster's fault.
 

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Let me just offer you a bit of advice on this whole Ubuntu thing. Its a great OS for those who Eat, Sleep, Breathe Linux. If this is not you then do not do the dual boot thing ever. I service pcs and macs on a daily basis for a college and at least few times a week we get a pc or mac that comes in where someone dual boots and breaks their primary OS some how. Its gotten so bad that we had to change the hardware policy for students so that all machines are required to have enough Ram and a powerful enough CPU so that they can virtualize other OSes. While I am not saying it can't be done, its just safer to virtualize and not have to deal with the potential of this headache happening at the worst possible time like say finals week or the day before you have to present your thesis.
 

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Let me just offer you a bit of advice on this whole Ubuntu thing. Its a great OS for those who Eat, Sleep, Breathe Linux. If this is not you then do not do the dual boot thing ever. I service pcs and macs on a daily basis for a college and at least few times a week we get a pc or mac that comes in where someone dual boots and breaks their primary OS some how. Its gotten so bad that we had to change the hardware policy for students so that all machines are required to have enough Ram and a powerful enough CPU so that they can virtualize other OSes. While I am not saying it can't be done, its just safer to virtualize and not have to deal with the potential of this headache happening at the worst possible time like say finals week or the day before you have to present your thesis.
I've had no install issues first I first started using Linux in 2007. There's a first time for everything though right? I've thought long and hard about the dual boot thing and decided to just stick with Windows from now on. I was usuing Linux less and less anyway.
 

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Hi there

Try this

1) insert windows install or recovery disk -- Windows 7 disks also work

2) Repair system ===> tools & utilities ==>command prompt

3) type in bootrec/fixmbr
bootrec/fixboot

Now you should get your windows partition back (and bootable)

Cheers
jimbo
 

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