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 '09 at 13:27
  • I did an upgrade. – Kredns May 25 '09 at 13:44
  • No it was on the same disk. Under this folder: C:\Ubuntu – Kredns May 25 '09 at 13:59
  • the folder is still there? – Nick Kavadias May 25 '09 at 14:02
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    id say your pretty hosed then. that 7GB file was your ubuntu partition! – Nick Kavadias May 25 '09 at 14:09

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 '09 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

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