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I reinstalled Windows 7 on top of Ubuntu 11.10 and tried to get my Ubuntu desktop files (mostly pictures) using a Live CD (Ubuntu 11.10) but did not find them. I don't know where to search.

Then I reinstalled Ubuntu again from the Live CD and still did not find any of my pictures

Where is Ubuntu keeping the files? I can see the system from the Live CD but I don't know the path. How can I recover my files?

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If you need to recover data you believe may be lost, it's imperative that you immediately shut down the newly installed system and not use it. You can run from a live CD provided that swap is disabled. See the guidelines here. Once you've booted into an Ubuntu live CD system, please run sudo fdisk -l in a Terminal window (Ctrl+Alt+T) and edit your question to provide the full output (format it with the <$> tool so it appears correctly). That should show what partitions there are, and facilitate knowing if data recovery is needed. –  Eliah Kagan Jul 20 '12 at 22:47
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It's in /home/username, assuming that you didn't overwrite your Ubuntu partition.

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I think Ubuntu uses your home pictures folder /home/{username}/Pictures.

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