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i installed ubuntu 10.04 on windows xp sp3, it used all the space in the of 320 gb in the hard drive. I had 200 gb data on hard disk on this hard disk under windows xp. is it all lost? can i get it back?

my system- 2 gb ram, 320 gb hard disk, intel core 2 duo processor can give more details if there is any hope of recovery

best Giri

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There is a good chance to recover your data but stop using the drive: See askubuntu.com/questions/245987/… or askubuntu.com/questions/94421/… –  Takkat Feb 12 '13 at 10:26
    

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You can't recover the filesystem, but you can try to recover some files with:

PS: Don't recover the files on the same disk!!!

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No.

The install of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS replaced (overwrote) the drive partition table, formatted the entire drive, and installed a new bootloader.

There is no simple method of recovering your data, and many possible methods may irretrievably damage any forensic attempt to recover any of your data.

This is when you realise you forgot:

  • Always backup ALL user data, before attempting any major update or install.

Only a forensic recovery tool, and skilled technician (as employed by police agencies), would be able to recover some portion of your data.

This would have a major cost associated.

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