Re-Installed Windows with linux and lost files

Using PhotoRec to recover lost data
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iain
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Re-Installed Windows with linux and lost files

#1 Post by iain » 11 Jun 2012, 08:38

Hi,

I re-installed my OS(windows 8 consumer preview)with ubuntu 10.04 but I forgot to backup some family photos. Can anyone advise of the best way to recover these files?

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Fiona
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Re: Re-Installed Windows with linux and lost files

#2 Post by Fiona » 11 Jun 2012, 09:16

I assume only one thread is needed.
The other one is removed.
If there would be any necessity, I can move it back.


Difficult to judge.
Did write into your file system or override it?
At the moment, it's not recommended to write anything to your disk/partition anymore.
Especially if you have had photos, PhotoRec would be a good idea.
Tip for using PhotoRec, go to File Opt and press s to deselect all file types.
Activate only required file types like jpg. etc..
Scan Free space.
So PhotoRec will recover photos only from unallocated or free space.
Also some infos here;
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec_Step_By_Step

Fiona

iain
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Re: Re-Installed Windows with linux and lost files

#3 Post by iain » 11 Jun 2012, 20:50

I'm not sure what you mean by write into or override, sorry. I installed Linux over a Windows partition, so I guess it was re-partitioned and formatted.

I scanned the entire HDD with photorec and it found over 10,000 files, loads of rubbish in there but I managed to find what I think is enough pictures to be content with, not sure if I found them all as I have spent all day sifting through 10,000 files..lol but I thank you for your help.

Photoec wasnt able to recover any files from my MMC though. Some people suggested I scan the MMC 1st as that would be the easiest way but it turned out scanning the HDD was the better option.

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