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Old 10-29-2014, 06:43 AM   #1
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I cannot find my backup files on my drive D:

I decided to shift on a linux environment and I decided to install the Linux MInt 17 Cinnammon Edition. Before I install the Linux OS, I backed up my files on my other drive(drive D. After I installed the Linux Mint OS, I cannot find my files on my other drive(drive D. Please help me how I can find my back up files on my other drive. Can I still retrieve them ? Please help. THanks a lot.
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Were they put on that drive from within Linux or within Windows?

They're likely there, but Linux doesn't necessarily understand that the drive is related to your user login from Windows and it probably just believes it is data in general.

The drive would not be called D: in Linux it will likely be called something else depending how it was mounted, and if it was mounted.

From a terminal or command prompt if you issue the "mount" command it will show you all mounted disks.

Likely you'll see stuff like:
/dev/sda1 on / type ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
And then likely other lines. Note that the letters /dev/sda may be different, and that's up to your hardware situation; and further the number /dev/sda1 may be different, also up to your hardware as well as how your disks are partitioned.

Likely you'll see multiple /dev/sd lines some with one letter, others with a different letter.

The difference in the letters is usually different physical disks; and therefore the differences between what you'd call C: and D: under Windows.

If you notice that "/" is mounted on one letter, then Linux calls this your root file system and so that is likely C: The other /dev/sd<letter> is then likely D:

This report however should tell you where that other disk was mounted, as an example /media/<some very long number> where you can go to the /media/<very long number> directory and then see files there.

The other situation may be that the disk is there, but not mounted and thus not visible to Linux normally and you'd have to mount it to see the files. If this situation exists, then there's one or more commands you can use to get a report on the physical disks in the system, one of them would be:
sudo lshw -class disk
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Is your other drive (d an external or other physical drive or just a partition on the same drive as your c:? If it is not the same as your c: drive then the previous posts should help with finding your data.

However, if d: was on the same physical drive then we need to know how you installed mint. Most likely you selected erase disk and install linux mint which would of created new partitions and overwrote your data.


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