Lost Documents and Photos and desktop files and folders

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Sat Nov 8 01:08:29 UTC 2008

Karl Larsen wrote:
> Matthew Flaschen wrote:
>> Karl Larsen wrote:
>>> Perhaps not the exact same directory but still there.
>> His /home files wouldn't just get up and walk around.  It seems fairly
>> clear he erased his drive.
>>  If he let
>>> the partition be reset for a new load then it's all gone and nothing can 
>>> be done.
>> That's *NOT* true.  There are still data recovery options.
>> Matt Flaschen
>     The problem is he HAS done something. He has reformat the hard disk 
> partition, ie: put a new file system on it, and then loaded a whole new 
> Ubuntu on top of it. The likely result of an expensive disk search will 
> be fragments of his old data, if anything.

You have no idea what you are talking about.  It is often possible to
recover most of the data in such cases.  How much can be recovered
depends on what was installed on top.  The reformatting itself does
basically nothing.

Matt Flaschen

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