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I just installed the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I previously had windows 7, the mistake I made was I just did not put the data I need on my hard drive anywhere else. I just did not think of it before doing it. But when I installed the Ubuntu, I just used the drive that I used previously for windows 7, and chose the option of " do not use this drive" for my other drives. So, my data is all there, I know and I want to recover the data on those drives. I used some recovery softwares in the past to recover deleted data! but most of the data would be in bad shape even if just recovered it moments after I deleted it. Any suggestions as to recover the data without much mess!

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Ubuntu by default doesn't overwrite Windows, did you choose "Alongside other OSes" or "only Ubuntu". Start the file manager Nautilus and check all the drives in the left pane; one of them could be the Windows partition. –  Ramchandra Apte Nov 18 '13 at 4:14
    
Please edit your question to add the output of sudo fdisk -l to give us an idea of your partitions and drives. –  Takkat Nov 18 '13 at 7:59
    
Thanks for the replys, but the problem has been resolved. I was a little impatient. I guess Ubuntu was in the process of recognizing the files, that is when I tried to access my other drives I received some error message. But after I had finished writing the above question, I tried to access the drives again, I was able to do that, and all my data is also secure, and in fine shape! thanks any how! –  BlackWalker Nov 22 '13 at 13:26
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