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Old 01-28-2006, 03:34 PM   #1
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accidentally installed linux on external hard drive


I accidentally installed Linux (ubuntu) on external hard drive and now I can't get to the old data on the drive. (Long dumb story)

I know it's still there because I can see it in Windows.

I moved all of the Linux operating system files to a directory called "old_install" thinking maybe if I restarted the Linux install on the internal hard drive on my comptur wouldn't think it's Linux on the external anymore. But now it just shows:
/media/usbdisk/old_install/etc /bin /opt /sbin, etc.

Also when I df -k it only says the external drive is 8GB when it's really 80GB.
/dev/sdb2 9479636 964540 8033548 11% /media/usbdisk

I backed up all the data in Windows so I can reformat it but I'd really rather not, I'd like to know if there is a way to remove Linux from the hard drive so I can get to the data again.

Remember kids, always unplug any extra hard drives when you're installing Linux (or any OS that you don't want messing with them).

Thanks!
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Old 01-28-2006, 03:47 PM   #2
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Run the command as root to display partitions on the drive ' /sbin/fdisk -l '. That is a lower case -L.

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Old 01-28-2006, 03:53 PM   #3
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You're Awesome! I found the old files. I just mounted /dev/sdb1 and there they are! Woohoo.

How silly of me to forget about our good friend fdisk

I still don't know how to make it so ubuntu automounts sdb1 and/or get rid of sdb2 though, so if you could help with that too that would be awesome-est

Thanks!

Here's the output:

/sbin/fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 81.9 GB, 81964302336 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9964 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 9777 78533721 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 9778 9964 1502077+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 9778 9964 1502046 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdb: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 8474 68067373+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sdb2 * 8475 9673 9630967+ 83 Linux
/dev/sdb3 9674 9729 449820 5 Extended
/dev/sdb5 9674 9729 449788+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
 
  


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