I was by a friend for helping him installing a linux distro (ARK linux).
He has two windows partitions (c: and d
with his own personal (and very important) documents, and we planned to install Linux on a third partition.
He did not pay attention and did click on the "system install" option, that do format all his hard drive before installing linux. The time I made to realise the tragedy and press the reboot btton on the pc (ie, about 2 seconds) every thing was (or seems to be) lost. Infact, windows xp was unable to start, and the original disc partition was lost. When I restarted the Linux installation process, and when arrived to the partitioning screen, I could not believe what I saw: no NTFS partitions, but only a swap and ext3 partitions. It's a shame Linux does not request a confirmation before formatting the HD, so that we could escape such problems
Now, I have no idea how to recover the data. Are there any tools that do "unformat job"? Does anone have an idea for help?
Any suggestion is welcomed.
There is only one hard drive of 37 GB.
Thanks my friends