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I tried to install Ubuntu in my laptop that had windows 7 and I chose 'erase partition' as I was thinking it will erase the C partition only so as to make it the Ubuntu drive .After restart I found the whole hard disk mounted as one partition with no data .So is there any way to return back my data or is it impossible?

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    Try testdisk but it may recover some amount of datas not fully. – Avinash Raj Jan 24 '14 at 1:25

You can do restore your deleted data(mostly).

first i advise you not to do anything on the harddisk now.

All you need is a recovery software. for me i advise you to use r-linux.


It's too late. It isn't going to be recoverable. It has been formatted there is simply no way to get it back, this is why we recommend a backup before you start.

  • ever heard of testdisk? cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk – Rinzwind Jan 24 '14 at 10:34
  • This is not technically accurate. It's often possible to recover quite a lot. – Oli Jan 24 '14 at 14:49
  • From experience it is. I have always had issues recovering data. – f-jack Jan 28 '14 at 4:13

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