Linux mint deleted both of my 35 GB HDDs help!

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Linux mint deleted both of my 35 GB HDDs help!

Postby John0619 on Sat Jun 30, 2007 8:19 pm

it`s a Acer Asphire 3680 and it LM deleted them. Is there a way to get them back? cause they cannot be found. :(
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Postby Boo on Sun Jul 01, 2007 1:23 am

I use a tool called testdisk to restore partitions and disks.

I use it off a live disto called DEFT, but other live recovery distros will have it too.

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Postby Husse on Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:29 am

Welcome to Mint John0619
What did you do to cause this?
Very important - don't write anything to the disks, and definitely do not try to partition them...
Testdisk is the tool...
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
It's in the repos and you can make a floppy (but not all have a floppy any more)
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Postby John0619 on Sun Jul 01, 2007 9:38 am

thanks :) I`ll try to burn it when another PC is available. and is this an ISO image and how big is it (I`m using my PSP here so I really can`t tell and since it cannot click on the menu bar) and well yes I dld partion the disks and do the new partion thing. will testdisk fix this?
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Postby Husse on Sun Jul 01, 2007 5:28 pm

I can't tell exactly how many MB it is but it is fairly small.
If you have messed to much with your disks you may have to send them to a specialized data recovery facility....
but testdisk is powerful - hav only used it a few times (forgotten why) but it did solve problems nothing else solved.
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Postby John0619 on Mon Jul 02, 2007 1:21 am

Thanks :) I got it repaired but instead of 2-35GBs it`s now just 1-70GB is there a way to put this back to order?
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Postby Husse on Mon Jul 02, 2007 4:48 pm

??
But you probably only have one disk in a laptop, but it could have two partitions. Have you had any dataloss?
Describe your situation better and don't do anything that can destroy your data
I need more info to understand.....
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Postby John0619 on Tue Jul 03, 2007 6:51 pm

Too late I already formatted it so Windows can go back can you give me step by step of creating a new partion in Windows's Testdisk (You know so I can try installing Mint again)? Thanks for all your help :) every thing is fine now but when I formatted I DID see the drive was loaded.
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Postby Husse on Wed Jul 04, 2007 9:40 am

When you install Windows choose a partition that's smaller than the entire disk - leave at least 10 GB for Mint if you can.
Then it's just to install Mint
And take it step by step and check what you're doing - Mint and/or its installer don't destroy the disk unless you tell them to do so
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Postby John0619 on Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:28 am

But why smaller I thought Windows Vista was more powerful than Linux mint. :?
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Postby Husse on Thu Jul 05, 2007 5:23 am

This leads nowhere
You should stick to preinstalled Windows
To do things like installing a new operating system you need a minimum of computer knowledge - and you don't have that minimum.
It's no use to try to guide you - I'd have to hold your hand....
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