I was cleaning up my E: drive, on which I downloaded Ubuntu (using Wubi), and I accidentally deleted the Ubuntu folder, and I also deleted some other files on my E: drive that I didn't recognize. The result of my action is that selecting to boot to Ubuntu results in the following message:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem: 1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer. 2. Choose your language settings, and the click "Next". 3. Click "Repair your computer." If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance. File: \ubuntu\winboot\wubildr.mbr Status: 0xc0000098 Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.
I read somewhere that the wubildr.mbr file may have been on the E: drive as well, rather than in the Ubuntu folder, as the above message suggests. I deleted every file that I didn't recognize that wasn't in a folder on my E: drive. So it's definitely gone, regardless. I also emptied the recycle bin.
So, here's the thing. I have some files that I saved to the Ubuntu desktop. And I very much need them back. Is there any way I can get them back? I am really hoping that it might be as simple as "Click here to download the folder and files you foolishly deleted and simply place them on your E: drive". I understand that that is unlikely.
Any ideas? Suggestions? Or is it simply a loss that I'm going to have to accept?