What is Ubuntu and how can I use it to recover data?

What is Ubuntu?

This is a computer’s operating system software. It’s one of Linux distribution systems and it’s based on Debian architecture. In most cases, its run in personal computers and it’s common on network servers that run Ubuntu server variant that contains enterprise class features. Its run by popular architectures such as AMD, Intel and Arm based machines. Smartphones and tablets with Ubuntu Touch Edition have Ubuntu.

How can I use it to recover data from windows?

You can recover your data with testdisk but not all data can be recovered. Also, you can have a temporal installation of testdisk during a live session. Ensure you have an external drive where you will save the recovered data. You will also need to boot your Ubuntu Live CD then install testdisk in the following ways:

  1. In your software sources, ensure you add the universe resipository
  2. In the terminal, update the apt cache by pressing ctrl + Alt + T and type ‘sudo apt-get update’
  3. Type the same terminal ‘sudo apt-get install testdisk’

Most importantly, you will need to mount the external backup drive during the live session in order to store data that has been recovered. The testdisk wiki will help you step by step on how to recover lost partitions. In case you don’t recover from the image of your overwritten drive, you will have to save your data that has been recovered in an external drive once recovery has been done.

Ubuntu overwrote the recovery of windows installation thus you will not recover the windows installation. Also, unless you fail to recover partitions, you can recover single data files through photorec in testdisk suite but it doesn’t recover file names, time stamps for files and folder structures. Ensure you don’t use the drive before you find ways to recover your lost data.

In order to save data to an external drive, you will have to mount both the external USB drive and recovered partitions in the live session. Then you can copy and paste the recovered files to the external drive. After successfully copying them, you will have to unmount the drives in order to avoid losing data. You will need to do this by in Nautilus by right clicking the context menu; sudo unmounts /media/Ubuntu/

If you did not recover the partioned table you can try and copy selected files with directories that have testdisk from ;< advanced>file system utils menu

Press C to copy the files and then have the next menu that gives hierarchy of the running system. Ensure you browse up to the mount point of the external drive which is; /media/Ubuntu/

_of_ device. For deeper directories your USB will be browsed and listed.Once you press c the r folder synctest and the USB drive will have your desktop copied.

To ensure the whole process is successful, open Nautilus in the live system and take a look on the restored information. Once you are done unmounts the USB drive.


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