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I got my hands on a Ghost DVD of Windows XP SP2 and tried to install it on my computer that also runs Slackware Linux. It prompted me to reinitialize the disk and i took that as the windows partition that previously held Windows 2000. I typed yes and it proceeded to quick format my entire 80GB drive. I lost everything from music to movies to schoolwork and photos. I have heard of people using partition magic to recover an accidentely deleted partition but that was usually with a bootable OS. In my case there is nothing to boot but the data should still be there since it was only a quick 30 second format. Is there a program that will let me navigate the sectors of the hard disk and recover my Linux files?
How would i use this disk to repair my partitions? Are there certain utilities i should be using? I'm fairly new to linux and try to do as much by trial and error but this is the biggest hurdle i have come across and want to step lightly since I have 25GB of data I want to retrieve safely. If you could tell me what steps need to be taken, it would be much appreciated.