I just installed Windows 7 RC and forgot to save a few important files that were in Ubuntu 9.04. I did not have Ubuntu installed on a separate partition. I just used the install inside Windows option. Is there anyway I can still recover my files?

  • Did you do a full install, or an upgrade to install Windows 7?
    – Brent
    May 25, 2009 at 13:27
  • I did an upgrade.
    – Kredns
    May 25, 2009 at 13:44
  • No it was on the same disk. Under this folder: C:\Ubuntu
    – Kredns
    May 25, 2009 at 13:59
  • the folder is still there? May 25, 2009 at 14:02
  • 1
    id say your pretty hosed then. that 7GB file was your ubuntu partition! May 25, 2009 at 14:09

2 Answers 2


Looks as though you had Ubuntu installed so that it used a flat file (C:\ubuntu\ubuntu.disk) as its filesystem.

If it was still around, you could boot up Linux using a Live CD of Ubuntu, mount that image and then proceed to copy things from it without a problem.

But, you deleted it. The data is gone and probably unrecoverable since you said you deleted it to make room for other things.

Unless you had another .disk file sitting somewhere that Ubuntu was storing data on, you're out of luck.

  • Yep, that sucks, but at least Now You Know.
    – MikeyB
    May 25, 2009 at 18:48

I believe you don't have many chances to get it back, as the files certainly were overwritten... you can try something like TestDisk or Recuva

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.