1. Joined : Mar 2015
    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1 / Windows 10
       20 Jul 2016 #1

    Recover Data After Ubuntu Use

    Hello guys, its all abou my server PC,
    i have total 2HDD, and they were used on Ubuntu Server,
    i have switched to windows, i want my data back, what to do ?

    sorry for my Bad English
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  2. Joined : Jun 2016
    Los Angeles
    Posts : 533
    Windows 10 Pro
       20 Jul 2016 #2

    i have switched to windows,
    When you switched to Windows, did you back up your files first? How did you Switch? Tell us exactly which HDD had Ubuntu on it and exactly how you went about installing Windows?
    Since Linux and Windows have totally different file system, you would have had to format the OS drive to install Windows. Meaning you will have lost all data.
    Have you tried booting to an Ubuntu Live CD to see if you can view your files? If not you can use the free TestDisk program, I have had the best luck with GetDataBack. You will need another drive of the same size or larger to restore your files to.
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  3. Joined : Mar 2015
    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1 / Windows 10
       20 Jul 2016 #3

    have total 3hdd, and i have installed Ubuntu on HDD1, but i didnt do anything with other 2 drive, they are still untouched , i think i have ask like that "can i chage partition type without data loss "
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  4. Joined : Jun 2016
    Los Angeles
    Posts : 533
    Windows 10 Pro
       20 Jul 2016 #4

    What file format is the HDD1? Is it ext2, 3 or 4? Did you already switch to Windows on that drive? (ie) formatted the drive NTFS? What file format are the other two HDD's? if the other two HDD's are NTFS, FAT32 or exFAT you should still be able to view and edit the files.
    The only way to convert ext2 etc file system to NTFS is to copy the data from the drives to another drive and delete the ext partitions, create new partitions and Format them NTFS
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  5. Joined : Mar 2015
    Posts : 1,075
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       20 Jul 2016 #5

    If all else fails, boot from the Ubuntu disk as a "Live" operating system. Then you should be able to copy your files from the Linux partitions to an external drive.
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  6. Joined : Mar 2015
    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1 / Windows 10
       20 Jul 2016 #6

    Thank you all guys i will copy all data With Ubuntu Live / / /
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