Dual boot problems

Asked by Ewan Hunter on 2012-04-16

I have windows 7 and I just installed ubuntu as a dual boot using this guide:


I followed the instructions and use pretty much the same settings as in the instructions and ubuntu boots fine.
however, All my windows files are nowhere to be found! It just says free space. And no, for some reason I decided NOT to back Windows up, which was a very very silly thing to do -_-

I don't think all my windows stuff is gone, cause I had about 200 Gig of stuff, movies etc, on there and unbuntu only took a few minutes to install and do everything.

any ideas and help are much appreciated, cheers.

I have a HP pavilion laptop, 2.00GHz i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, a 600 GB ish HDD (can't remember exactly).

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Jeet (gour-jitendrasingh) said : #1

boot you ubuntu and list you all partition using command

ls -l /dev/disk/by-label/

then mount your related partition where your data persist .. and recover data then

try configuring grub

find more about grub here



Ewan Hunter (ewanh709) said : #2

Thanks! Ill try it, but im sorry im really new to linux OS, how do I do that command part?

Cheers, Ewan

Ewan Hunter (ewanh709) said : #3

Hi, I tried that command and it came up with no such file or directory

any ideas?


Jeet (gour-jitendrasingh) said : #4

what was the output ??
and what is the output of

ls -al /dev/

post here

Ewan Hunter (ewanh709) said : #5

Its okay, I think I figured out the problem, I think I made the partition in the wrong place and it over wrote some windows files, so using a command ( sudo testdisk ) To scan my hard drive and find the missing partitions, and restore and set them to be primary boot files, I think I will fix it. im in the process of doing it right now!

Thanks anyway :)

Ewan Hunter (ewanh709) said : #6

Also, this is where I got some information


and my friends as well.

If this doesn't work I think I will have to re install windows I think, but that would lose all my files unfortunately.

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