@ ALL FORUM MEMBERS TRYING TO HELP:Just to help clarify things for BoDill
(I was involved in his last set of posts), he accidentally installed over the Windows partitions when installing Mint.
His output from fdisk -l
(on prior postings) showed that Windows partitions no longer exist
. That's what he means by "Windows is gone".
Some of his data may be recoverable because it may not have been over-written by the Mint installation. That is what he is trying to find out and, if possible, recover. (He tried making a backup of Windows data before installing Mint to a USB stick, but the stick ran out of room before backup was finished. I'm not entirely clear on whether some data was successfully saved to it or not, or what type of backup he was doing.)One question to Forum Members:
In GParted, under "Device" there is an option called "Attempt Data Rescue". Does anyone know what that is used for? Do you think it's possible that the option might be able to roll back to prior partition table, which would show BoDill's Windows partitions as they were before Mint installation? Or is that option for doing something else?@BoDill:
You might want to clarify a bit on how you tried originally backing up the Windows data to USB stick. Were you just copying data files over to it? Was it some kind of backup program? (If so, what program was it?) Were you "cloning" the partition? (If so, what cloning program was it?) Are you able to use any of the files on the USB? Or is it inaccessible? If documents, spreadsheets, pictures, etc. are on the USB, you should be able to open them in Mint. Can you do that?
As noted by others, safest to not use the corrupted disk at all before trying to recover the remaining data. Use either a live Mint DVD/USB or install Mint to another hard drive and use that for your web searching for answers. Or, use friend's spare Windows computer.
I don't have much experience trying data recovery, but have saved a few links on how to do it. Will provide those below for you to look through. Basically there are Windows-based tools and Linux-based tools. Despite the fact that Windows partitions on your drive were lost, you may be able to recover data that was not over-written by the installation of Mint. The tools for doing so will look at the whole drive in search of that now missing data. I don't know myself, but have seen many posts by forum member Mark Phelps
on this topic and he has pointed people in your situation to using Windows-based tools to recover the old Windows data with some success. So I would first try following his advice in post below. Then, try what was recommended by Derek_S
(above), because that is a Windows-based tool also.http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=90&t=138913#p738610
If no luck with either of them, then move on to trying Linux-based tools from a live Mint DVD/USB:http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Stephttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EncqYP1ijFghttp://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec_Step_By_Stephttp://www.unixmen.com/recover-deleted-files-in-linux-with-photorec/
Note that you will need a drive at least as big as your original drive as the destination for any found files in the recovery process. So you'll need to have Windows or Mint running to conduct the recovery, your "bad" drive that you need to recover files from, and the "good" drive that recovered files will be saved to -- all attached to same computer.
Also note that the recovery process can take a very long time to run (possibly a full day).