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I have a dual booting Windows 7/Ubuntu 10.04 computer, and I killed the Ubuntu partition (I don't know how, but I can't even boot without it saying that there is a missing file and the kernel panicking).

I want to get the files from my home directory, but all of the programs I have tried don't work. If I try to open L:/ (the drive I installed Ubuntu into), it works, but only shows 3 folders, $RECYLCE.BIN, System Volume Information and Ubuntu, none of which contain anything useful. In properties, it says it is NTFS. (I noticed that this is also the contents of /host). I have tried 4 different programs, and none have worked (Explore2fs, Ext2Fsd, Ext2IFS and DiskInternals' Linux reader).

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There are no modern, reliable ext* drivers for Windows. The last time I say one that worked well, was in the times of Windows XP, and it had some minor issues. I'd recommend the approach Adam suggested. – Santiago Lezica Nov 21 '10 at 2:11

I would recommend actually booting up from a linux live cd, mounting the filesystem, and copying the files to something like a flash drive. Also, this would be better suited for the Ubuntu questions site:

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+1, I think this is a much better idea, for the reasons I stated above. – Santiago Lezica Nov 21 '10 at 2:11

To add to the above solution you can mount the windows partition and transfer the files to it directly.

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