I have installed ubuntu about an hour ago, and during the installation I took some horrible steps which accordingly resulted in a terrible conclusion.
I knew what I was doing. I just wanted to install ubuntu over my windows 7, completely replacing it. First I booted with a USB, selected install ubuntu option, then selected replace windows, and then next, and then I clicked on the install button. Without another word, the installation started immediately. And shortly after then a message box popped over my screen and just told me that I am doomed now("The entire disk will be used for install" or something like that..). And suddenly I noticed that there was a little orange line of text saying "Advanced partition options" at the lower middle portion of the screen. I thought clicking the install button will automatically bring me to the partition menu. But sadly that didn't happen.
Well, you see it was too late. I even tried to interrupt it by restarting during the installation. But after restart, I realized that the damage is done. All the previous partitions are gone. So I completed my installation by partitioning my HD(250 GB) as 2.00 GB for swap and 50.00 GB for linux. And after the installation, guess what? There is no trace of that 198.00 GB HD space. All there is is the file system(which says 255 MB volume) and the HOME(the 50 GB one I guess).
Frankly speaking, I am a complete noob at OS installation(except windows). So I have no idea of what exactly has happened with my HD. I tried
sudo fdisk -l
It gives me this as output.
Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders, total 488397168 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: 0x0001c5a7 Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 2048 499711 248832 83 Linux /dev/sda2 * 499712 98156543 48828416 83 Linux /dev/sda3 98156544 102062079 1952768 82 Linux swap / Solaris
Finally my question--
Is there a way to fix all these, I mean can I get my old partitions back? If not the partitions, can I at least have the data which were in the HD before before ubuntu installation? Please, I can't lose them, I have kept those in my HD for almost 5-6 years.
How to view the HD through file system or something like that? Its like the entire 200 GB has gone missing. I can't find them anywhere.
Lastly, thanks in advance.
EDIT : This is the GParted version of my current partitions. Now can you please tell me how can I use that unallocated space?