I want to recover Windows 7 files installed on my C: drive. Ubuntu is installed on my D: drive.

How can I recover files on my Windows installation?

  • What version of Ubuntu are you using? Jan 31, 2014 at 16:08
  • What do you understand by recover? Have you accidentally deleted some files?
    – MadMike
    Jan 31, 2014 at 16:19
  • @user3121023 The version that I am using is ubuntu 12.01
    – Abhishek
    Jan 31, 2014 at 16:50
  • @MadMike , yes I have deleted them accidently
    – Abhishek
    Jan 31, 2014 at 16:51

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You can use the PhotoRec application from the testdisk package to do this. It's in Ubuntu archives, so it's easy to install. It'll most likely be able to recover everything for you. However, data recovery is serious business, so please do read the documentation and take your time before you begin. PhotoRec won't cause any damage, but testdisk (another application in the package) can. If possible, you'll probably want to create a backup of your "C:" partition before you begin. It will require that you have some storage with at least as much free space as the size of C: though.

  • +1 and thank you for your efforts to help me I will try them
    – Abhishek
    Jan 31, 2014 at 17:05
  • My pleasure. There is a reason why I know these tools; I've had use for them. I know the feeling :) Jan 31, 2014 at 17:15

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