data recovery

Asked by Cyril Mathew Thomas

What my real problem is I lost all of my data when i installed ubuntu. i was using windows 7 as my operating system. i had more than 270 gb files in my hard disk. but when i installed ubuntu my windows 7 got cracked. and all the files in my hard disk got formatted. I didn't have a backup. now im using ubuntu as my operating system. And there is nothing in my hard disk now. so i want to know how to recover the lost files from my hard disk. i am new to ubuntu. i have tried some data recovery softwares like panda data recovery. but it is not even installing in my system. from your answers i found the word called foremost. but i didn't understad it. i have downloaded it from the internet. but it shows extract. i did extract but it didn't help at all. so what i want to know is how can i recover all my lost files from my hard disk.. please try to give me a simple and clear answer. because i am a new ubuntu user. so i can't able to understand its technical words.

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marcus aurelius (adbiz) said :

there's a really good data recovery program for windoze that i used before. it retrieved files successfully after a virus destroyed the partition table. i don't know if it can run off a cd disk. but you can email them and ask if it's possible to run off a cd.

you'll probably need to buy the professional version. not that expensive. only around $60.

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Cyril Mathew Thomas (iamcyril) said :

ya thanks.. but i am using ubuntu as my os. so most of the softwares which supports windows doesn't support ubuntu. is this software support ubuntu?

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Try foremost

Then get a backup

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Please close as a duplicate of:

You already have an active question relating to this issue


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marcus aurelius (adbiz) said :

download the trial version and test it on wine.

you'll need to install wine. actionparsnip gave instructions how to install wine. just do a search for office 2007 use "newest first" instead of "relevancy" and you'll get the post on top of the search.

however, if you have an old drive that you don't use anymore, you can re-install windoze on it and make the other drive a slave. the beauty of easeus is that you don't need to overwrite anything. you just drag and drop the files onto a new partition.

easeus completely restores files. all my files came back intact with the correct filenames.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Please mark as solved if it is so.

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Muhyudheen sha (007sha007) said :

Scalpel is one of the best command line tool to recover deleted files in Ubuntu Linux. It can recover almost all types of files. It visits data blocks of files sequentially and identifies deleted files and recovers them instantly. You can install it by running following command in your terminal.

apt-get install scalpel

Once installation is complete, you can start to recover your deleted data by using a simple command. Run the following command in terminal to recover your data.

scalpel /dev/sda1 -o output

where ‘output’ is the name of directory in which scalpel places the recovered files. You can specify any name to this directory, just make sure that this directory should not exist in your system because Scalpel create directory itself. Check the following snapshot to get an overview of how Scalpel searches deleted file.

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