hard disk partition error

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hi guys
in my attempt to install kubuntu for the first time on an active partition D:/ (windows) while resizing partition as i was asked by linux .i encountered an error message and the installation stopped.......
when i tried to open the D:/ drive from windows the drive was unrecognizable(unreachable) by windows and a message came out to tell me that i must format the drive in order to open it.
i tried to recover the files in D:/ by recovering programs but the ext.3 type was detected and was an able to recover them.......
this drive has all my important work and pics ......please help me recover my data s.o.s
p.s:linux wasnt installed and recovery programs only recognize NTFS files help please

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Arnaudus (a-lerouzic) said :


I am not sure I really understand what you mean by an "active partition". It is clear that it is not the partition on which Windows was installed, since you can start Windows and try to access this partition.

1) Do you remember the error message you got?

2) It is normal that Windows complains: it does not know how to open ext3 partitions. If your new partition is ext3, you will be able to open it from Linux. Try to start the computer using the live CD and mount this partition.

3) I am not sure I really understand what you were trying to do when resizing the partitions. You had a unique Windows partition called D:\ , and you were trying to split it into several parts with the partition editor. What was the original size of the D: drive? Was it full or empty? I don't know which side effects you can get if you had too much data on this D: drive. In any case, the beginning of the D: drive should still be a NTFS partition if you were just resizing it. If not, then something went wrong.

4) Perhaps the warnings are not big and red enough, but one should always backup all data before editing partitions, especially when resizing them! The risk is not only software bugs (they can always happen, but they are not so common), it is rather "human bugs": it is really easy to make the wrong choice or to tick the wrong box!

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Wyatt Smith (wyatt-smith) said :

This sounds like a job for TestDisk. This is a powerful recovery program that works with just about any operating system and any filesystem.

Hope this helps

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