Problems with partitions (WinXP & Gentoo) - SOLVED
My problem is kind of unique. Hope I will manage to explain it properly.
Earlier I had an NTFS partition (C: ) for Windows and programs, FAT32 (D: ) for documents - a shared partition to be accessible from both Win XP and Gentoo, and 2 partitions (ext2fs and swap) for Gentoo. The problem was that I installed lilo to the MBR and, after I reinstalled Win XP, of course the bootloader disappeared.
I tried to recover lilo by copying 512bytes from the gentoo partition using "dd". For this I loaded Knoppix. Unfortunately, I obviously used dd wrong so that it started copying all files from the gentoo partition to the shared partition (FAT32). I killed that, but after restart, Windows cannot open the FAT32 partition anymore and suggests formatting it, whereas Knoppix shows the copied files from Gentoo. fdisk shows a FAT32 partition, but obviously something is wrong with it, otherwise I would be able to open the partition from Windows. I also used some other program in Windows which also showed that D: is a FAT32 partition, but inside there is Linux-created ext2fs partition. Is that possible?
Now the main question is if I can still recover the data I had in this FAT32 partition. Since all my documents are there, it is indeed very very important to recover them. I looked at the allocation of files in this partition and it seems that linux files have been appended, but not overwritten on my documents, but I am not sure.
Please tell me if any more info is needed.