Here is the situation.I am a duel windows ans ubuntu user. Accidentally I formatted the C partition(root partition of windows).

Now I ran several live ubuntu sessions from CD. And found a way to recover my formatted C partition using testDisk.

testDisk is supposed to revert back my partition to its original state, but only if i hadn't written anything after the format.

My question is, does the live session write anything on the C partition(boot partition) ?

Sometimes i tried to remotely access the pc, while the live session was running. I had to change the host name, root password and other network setting..does this activity may result is some data written on the formatted partition?


No! If you were changing the settings in Ubuntu, then you were only affecting the temporary RAM drive.

From the Ubuntu help about the live cd: A quick demo of Ubuntu. Try Ubuntu without any changes to your machine! Windows or whatever you use normally is unaffected after trying this and then rebooting (in 99.999% of cases).

Reasons for Using a LiveCD Session.LiveCD sessions are good to:

  • repair or preparation for awkward installations
  • fix Windows problems on a machine that doesn't have a dual-boot
  • data recovery

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