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I did a dual boot of Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.10. I had a lot of files in the same partition I installed Ubuntu in. I can't find them now. Newbie here. First time with any OS other than Windows.

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Have you installed Ubuntu via the live disk or via WUBI? If you've installed via live disc on the same partition as Windows you've probably eraesed Windows. –  OrangeTux Apr 24 '12 at 17:00
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Depending on what options you chose when installing, you may have just overwritten all those files. It its generally recommended to install an OS in an empty partition and keep files you want readable from both operating systems in a separate partition formatted using a filesystem both can read.

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