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During a foolish attempt at installing Windows 7 alongside Ubuntu 12.10 on a separate drive for some lab work, I accidentally deleted (not formatted) the wrong disk and immediately after realizing what I had done stopped the installation. So now nothing is installed and I am left with

grub rescue>

I know my files are still there. How do I go about putting everything back in its place?

Would it be easier to continue with my plans to install Windows 7 on the right disk and recover the partitions from there?

Or should I recover my Ubuntu 12.10 system first and then attempt the Windows 7 install after with more caution?

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OK, so one good thing is you stopped the install. You can now do two things: 1>Get another computer with Windows installed and connect your hard drive to it. Then go to http://www.active-undelete.com/ and try using their soft. I'm not sure it will support ext3 or ext4 type partitions but it is worth a try...


2> Burn yourself a live cd/usb of http://ubuntu-rescue-remix.org and see if it works for you.

Also checkout the https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DataRecovery page. Hope the links were helpful. Tell me in comment if any of them worked.

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