Hello, I hope someone can help. I have accidentally formatted my entire SSD losing the dual boot linux and shared data partitions.
Before the accident, my laptop with 250GBSSD was previously configured as dual boot with the following partitions:
sda1: 12GB windows 7 recovery partition
sda2: 104MB system reserved
sda3: 156GB Windows 7 home premium 64bit NTFS
sda4or5: 32GB FAT32 or NTFS? shared file storage
sda4or5: 80GB (approx) linux mint 18. EXT2 or 3?
Windows 7 got BSOD booting and would not boot. It would not fix itself using system repair/restore.
I backed up all files on the windows 7 partition but not the other partitions.
I accidentally ran the system recovery tool to wipe the disk and reinstall fresh windows.
During the process the computer must restart several times but on the first restart it would not boot with error cannot find OS (due to GRUB most likely).
I have not booted from the internal drive since the accident.
I have used a live linux mint USB to boot the PC.
I have run testdisk analyse which only detects the recovery partition, the new system reserved and the new windows partition which fill the rest of the disk.
Same result from device recovery option in gparted.
I am hoping the formatting was quick format and the partial new installation of windows has only overwritten the sectors from the old windows partition.
Q1 Is my data still on the disk?
Q2 how do I search and find the old partitions?
Q3 how do I fix it so the computer knows where the partitions are and I can dual boot to my old linux partition?