So a couple weeks back, I accidentally installed Ubuntu over Windows. I've been reading about different programs that can recover data. I was wondering if it's possible to use one of those programs to recover the lost files? Would it be better to leave it on Ubuntu and use a program on Ubuntu or to switch it back to Windows and use a program on there? Also, what's the best program?

Thanks, RPT

  • Find an application, like OnTrack easy recovery and they typically have a boot disk and a trial to see what you'll find. You're out nothing for trying. – user508889 Nov 23 '16 at 2:07
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It's very difficult since the disk was overwriten by Ubuntu, but maybe using a 3rd party tool from outside Ubuntu, like GetDataBack: http://www.get-databack.com/ntfs-drive.html

or search Hiren's Boot disk utility that include some.

In my experience, I have recovered files after long waits of scanning with that tools. If those programs find something, is very probable you'll lost directory structure and filenames but will better than nothing.

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  • Alright thanks so much, I'll try that tomorrow – RPT Nov 23 '16 at 2:10
  • Hiren's Boot CD is a collection of pirated software, not a good recommendation actually. :) – Andrea Lazzarotto Nov 23 '16 at 13:20

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