Lost Documents and Photos and desktop files and folders

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Fri Nov 7 00:39:48 UTC 2008

Roger Benham wrote:
> Well it can hardly get worse. I downloaded the .iso, burned a CD of
> 8.10
> I installed 8.10 following instructions (I thought).
> So now I have 8.10 installed but everything that I had in 8.04 has
> disappeared. All my desktop documents and folders, all my home folder
> items such as photographs, pictures, documents.

I agree with the previous poster that you likely erased your previous
install completely.
> Is there any way I can recover what I lost?

First, for now, avoid using this computer in any way.  Anything you
write to the drive could result in losing part of your previous data for

Besides do-it-yourself recovery methods like the previous poster
suggested, you can consider sending your drive to a professional for

Make sure they support Linux filesystems.

I hope you are able to get most of your data back.

Matt Flaschen

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