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This is my first time with Ubuntu, I Installed 12.04 over Windows XP SP3. It chose all the 320GB space and used it. With that I lost the 200 GB data in the hard disk. Some 0.5 GB is critical for me.

Can i recover?

system specs- processor intel Core 2 duo , T5800 @ 2 ghz, 2 gb ram

I can give more details if there is some hope.

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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 –  Aditya Feb 12 '13 at 14:43
    
thanks guntbert –  Giri Rao Feb 15 '13 at 13:55
    
I will check out what you have said and get back to you. i had given up hope, so did not check for answers also. i have switched to xubuntu, can i still check out? –  Giri Rao Feb 15 '13 at 13:57
    
If you have already installed Xubuntu on your system overwriting the previous installation of Ubuntu, then there is very little hope that you would get your data back. If the data was something not very important, I suggest forget about it. –  Aditya Feb 15 '13 at 15:11
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Sorry to say dear Giri but there is no way you get your data back.

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thanks for the clear cut even though discouraging answer –  Giri Rao Feb 18 '13 at 7:09
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