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    Unhappy Mandrake 10 instilation mess up

    i recently tried to install a mandrake 10 community edition distro onto my home computer
    i have two hard drives, one for windows and one which has a partition for my documents ect and a partition that i put in when insalling the disk to leave for linux
    when instaling, i messed up really quite badly, and instead of installing to just the partition, linux installed itself onto the whole drive
    i say linux, but it was probably my fault
    i noticed the error as linux was beginning to format, and pressed ctr+alt+del out of desperation
    now windows does not recognise the drive atall and im afraid of installing linux again incase i can actually retrieve some files.
    is there any way of doing this atall?
    i would really like to get them back, however i understand that this is probably not possible
    thanks for your time anyhoo

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    You might be able to accsess some of your data using a emergancy startup disk. if you still cant access any of your data id say the best thing todo is to reinstall windows and linux.

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    Linux Guru fingal's Avatar
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    Jul 2003
    Birmingham - UK
    If you can get hold of a live Linux CD like Knoppix, you could boot it from a CD/DVD and it should see your drives. This might be a good way to retrieve your data without reinstalling anything. Then - with your data safely stored on lets say a USB drive - you could begin again.
    I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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    i have a live copy of ubuntu!
    would this work allright?
    just aslong as it runs from the disk and its linux right?
    thankyou all very much
    made my day you guys have

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