View Full Version : Had two partitions, now only one... (could I retrieve info?)

21st December 2009, 01:25 PM
Hello all. I'm new to fedora and thus the forum.

I was trying to install fedora on a clean partition but, because of my inexperience, I ended up with only one partition (when originally I had two, one for Windows Vista and a clean one).

My question is: Is it possible to retrieve the information from the other partition I had? I had many important documents and would like to know if it's possible to find them somewhere in the HD.

Any guidance or mockery would be appreciated.

21st December 2009, 03:17 PM
Oh my gosh! Done any backup first?

When installing, I usually select to delete all Linux partittion. You probably selected ALL partitions.

21st December 2009, 03:33 PM
I once had my partition table overwritten by accident.
First you should make a bitwise copy of what is on the hdd now. You could use a LiveCD to backup the data (via dd for example) to an external hdd.
After that I used TestDisk (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk) which brought my original partition table back. Then I used fsck in order to get a clean filesystem. This way most of my data was recovered (some files were corrupted).
BUT: I don't know if this way works for you, I tried a bunch of other programs which couldn't recover the files I needed. And I don't know if this process works for your data on a ntfs partition (Win Vista)

21st December 2009, 07:11 PM
can you explain more thoroughly how I should make the bitwise copy? What type of LiveCD do I use?