February 2, 2010

Files transferred in Linux deleted by Windows 7

I was using Ubuntu to copy a huge folder (12 GB worth of documents) to another drive. After the entire folder had been transferred, I verified that it had been copied correctly. Then I deleted the original folder.

When I restarted my desktop with Windows 7, I opened the new folder and saw that there were only ten files in there, not 1000! I tried to open one of the files, and then a dialog box opened, saying that those files were actually not really there. Then Windows deleted all the files. Is there anything I can do to recover my documents?

I agree with the others that it would help to know what filesystems were used...

I agree with the others that it would help to know what filesystems were used and if possible to hear how the output of la -la through ubuntu in the directory currently shows the files.

It is possible that the way the the files were written to the windows 7 visible partition may have been set with the hidden or system file attributes set, in which changing your folder view options would make them visible.

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You can try using DEFT Linux on a live CD and see if you can recover any of...

You can try using DEFT Linux on a live CD and see if you can recover any of the files.. http://www.deftlinux.net/ there are tools there that are specifically meant for data recovery.

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Please provide more info. Which filesystem are you using?

Please provide more info. Which filesystem are you using?

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Are the files still visible in Ubuntu? Can you provide the output of the ...

Are the files still visible in Ubuntu? Can you provide the output of the "mount" command from ubuntu and highlight for us the drive where the files were moved so we can see what file systems are in use?
Assuming that thefiles are visible in Ubuntu, can you also do an ls -lh in the directory where the files were moved so I can see the file sizes, too?

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What filesystem is your drive using (FAT, FAT32, NTFS... there's probably...

What filesystem is your drive using (FAT, FAT32, NTFS... there's probably several other options...)?

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