I deleted it didn't I? :(
I deleted it didn't I? :(
Sorry, but yes. There is nothing present but a Linux filesystem.
There should be a sticker on the underside with some reference numbers relevant to Microsoft or the laptop manufactuer, you can call either to see about a rescue disk but you'll have to pay for it. Once you have the disk, if you still intend to dual boot, partition the drive first, put Windows on the primary and Debian on the logical.
Do you think that perhaps your Windows installation was on a different drive from the drive you installed Linux on? The fdisk output you gave above shows only Linux and no partition for Windows. So if that is your only drive in the system, it appears to me that Windows was wiped out. This would have been something you did or selected during the Linux installation process. Usually it's pretty clear, such as a choice between "Install alongside Windows" or "Use entire disk".
The plain-Jane text-based Debian install runs you through fdisk and assumes you know what you're doing, so if that was how you installed, that is probably where things went wrong. That's definitely not a beginner way to install Linux. If this hasn't entirely soured you on Linux, next time I'd suggest using the graphical installation for Debian, or another distribution such as Ubuntu or Mint that uses a graphical installation.
First of all don't get discouraged by this, 95% of the people on this thread has done the things equal to this, it is a learning curve but well worth it.
I did the exact same thing and just paid the $19.00 for the recovery disk, that I/you needed anyway. Now that you lost it I would go ahead and make
it work until you can get the disk in. You should just sign in and run "startx" that should get you to a gui, if that does not work after login do the apt-get
listed above to get you a gui. Debian is a great stable distro but is is has a longer learning curve than Ubuntu. Mint, PcLinuxos, etc.
If you reload win 7 be sure to google " install debian & windows 7" there are many articles to choose from.
If you have a backup of your Windose setup, I suggest you restore it and then try again.
Guesswork: If you tried to shrink your Windows partition to set up space for Debian, I would have expected to see Windows on sda1 and Debian on sda2. Since those are backwards, you could have wiped the early part of your Windows partition, instead of taking the free space which is at the end. So next time you try it, see if you can get Debian to be after Windows (physically on the disk) not before it.