I decided to upgrade finally. It didn't go smoothly and right now I'm not really sure what is going on.
During the install when it was scanning my disks it threw a timeout error but continued anyway. I completed the install but one thing that seemed odd to me is that I wasn't asked about packages or anything and it never prompted me for any other CDs. I wasn't sure what was going on. I did a re-install but same results.
So I figured fine I'll just configure things myself. I went to mount my other partitions and was unable to. I'm not sure what was done but I've not been able to get to my old data.
I'm not even sure where to start because things are so different. I ran fdisk -l and I see these devices:
Under /dev/sda It shows /dev/sda1 but tells me that partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary it then shows /dev/sda2. This has a System of Linux LVM. Same with my /dev/sdb1. I am guessing this is where my 2 old partitions went.
I looked up LVM which I didn't know anything about before. Previously I was about to mount my partitions directly so I'm pretty sure they were not LVM. So somehow these got converted?
I don't know what /dev/dm-0 and /dev/dm-1 are but I do get errors on them:
Disk /dev/dm-0 doesn't contain a valid partition table
Disk /dev/dm-1 doesn't contain a valid partition table
Right now I'm trying to simply get to my data once again or determine if it's unrecoverable.
At this point I'm at a loss as to how to proceed. I know I didn't tell the install to format anything other than the first partition.
Oh and after the two Fedora installs I did take a peek at Unbuntu. I started that install and it told me that the partition I was installing on was too small. So I canceled it. It showed the other partitions but I could see no way to read them.
Any help or guidance would be appreciated. I see some programs that help with data recovery and I'll try them if all else fails.