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Old 03-20-2013, 11:21 AM   #16
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When you run Nautilus as a different user, for example using sudo, it will show the desktop of that user, not yours, you have to navigate to that directory first to see them.

Now some serious stuff, I wonder why nobody mentioned it yet, but it is important! Shut down the machine immediately! Do not take any actions (like installing software) that write to the partition in question! In simple words: Don't use the installed OS!
From now on do all actions from a live-medium, be it your Ubuntu-CD/DVD or a distro specifically for forensic purposes.

So, let's go:
1. Boot a live-medium.
2. Mount the partition in question, but do it read-only. While doing that look for any error-messages that come up.
3. Use a file-manager to navigate to the folder which should contain your files and look if you can find them. Make sure that you have the option enabled to show you hidden files. Also make sure that you look into sub-directories for the files, if such sub-directories exist. Also look in the "lost+found" directory on that partition for files that could be yours.
If you don't find your files, use Photorec to try to recover files from the free space on that partition.
If you need further instructions for any of the steps described please post back here before taking any action that you doesn't know what it is for.

Last, but not least, begin now to think about a proper backup plan for your files in the future.
Old 03-24-2013, 04:19 AM   #17
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Thank you so much TobiSGD, this was important as you said, im gonna mark this thread as solved


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