I normally dual-boot with 12.04 and Win XP pro sp3 on a Thinkpad R60. I needed to reinstall windows because of problems piling up, so I ran the computer's built-in hard-disk recovery software. I told it not to mess with the other partitions, but somehow it deleted the Linux partition. That's what I was using to backup all of my windows files, so now everything I have is gone. I just ran the USB setup with linux, and the partition is deleted - it just shows it as empty space. Is there ANY way to get all of my files back?
I would recommend Recovery using TestDisk.
Boot Ubuntu from Live USB drive or CD, , run
TestDisk is used to recover missing partitions and repair a corrupted one. It served me well in recent past to recover entire Hard disk , so i am suggesting it.
After installing ,open Terminal and run
Then select the
Then it will list the Current Partition Structure , select the
If Found Nothing then select the
For more in-depth instructions refer this Step-By-Step guide .If found proper listing of partitions , select the
Also refer below options before trying this above , here