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Offline vaetild

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I have windows 7 os and tried installing peppermint 9 with "Something else option". I chose to create a new partition table and finished installing peppermint. Is my windows 7 os gone?? I dont have an option to choose what operating system to boot into.  Please, to anyone who knows. Can I boot back into windows 7? I have important files there that I want to recover. :-(
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I think it's gone, when you have made a new partition table it was a done deal.

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What's the output of
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Hi vaetild, I think you are screwed. You might be able to recover lost data on your hard drive with specific tools to do that. Give google a look for those tools. Remember, always backup your files before doing anything major to your operating system or hard drive.
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@pin, hello sir..  the output looks like this

Disk /dev/sda: 298.1 GiB, 320072933376 bytes, 625142448 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 =512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk Identifier: 0x06b2d4c0

Device         Boot Start     End              Sectors       Size        Id    Type
/dev/sda1      *   2048      29999103   29997056   14.3G      83    Linux

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@alynur, hello sir, do i need to remove the hard drive and connect it to another computer?? Or can I recover my files within the machine?
Also, I only have allocated 15 gb for the peppermint, and the rest of the drive is unallocated.

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 :'(
I'm afraid your Windows 7 is gone, I can only see one partition on the drive.
Did you create free disk space from within Windows before you went ahead with the installation?

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@pin ,Oh no,  :(.
I remember creating 15 gb unallocated space for installing peppermint because I intend to dual boot it with my windows. But in the option I didn't see the "Install alongside with windows" so I thought I am supposed to click on option "Something else" and proceeded to creating a new partition table, because for some reason I can't install the peppermint on the 15gb unallocated space. 

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@pin, Sir can I recover my data within Peppermint? So I don't have to remove the hard drive and connect it to another machine. If so what method can I use?

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If you took that to a data recovery specialist (which is probably your best bet) they'd clone the whole drive and work on the cloned copy.

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Sorry, I'm afraid I can't help you with that  :'(
Data recovery isn't something I have done before. Follow murraymints advise.

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I agree with murraymint, if you need to recover your files, take it to a specialist. There are ways of doing it yourself but it gets pretty confusing for a newbee, I wouldn't try it myself. After you get your hard drive cloned, you can decide what you want to do with your computer. As it sits you have Peppermint installed by itself, not a bad setup. But if you need to have Windows installed, then you'll have to start over installing Windows first, shrink the windows partition from within windows to allow for Peppermint, I usually go with a 30gb partition, then from a usb live session, open gparted and create a new partition from the unallocated space you made in windows and install peppermint using something else and choosing that partition to install on. Make sense? If you decide to keep it as it is with just Peppermint, I would suggest increasing the size of the peppermint partition, again to around 30gb, and create a new partition of the rest of the hard drive and format it to ext4. Then you can use that partition as a DATA partition, see tutorials on how to do that, and symlink your home folders to it, that way you won't lose your files if your system gets screwed up and you have to reinstall it. You've got plenty of help here if you decide to stick with Peppermint. Good luck. Oh, I should have mentioned, you can always install Windows into a virtual machine inside of Peppermint, no need to dual boot for most instances.  :)
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@alynur, I think I'll do that. Its better to be safe than sorry.

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Thank you very much for the help guys. :) I look forward to learning more about PeppermintOs.

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Re: I have windows 7 os and tried installing peppermint 9 (SOLVED)
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2019, 10:44:59 am »
Let us know how you turn out, maybe post your
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here under "What are you running Peppermint on?"  Good luck  :)
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