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I installed Linux Mint over my Windows drive, that was supposed install on my external hard disk.

In Windows 7, that drive is invisible and is showing as Linux when I enter fdisk -l.

How can I restore all the directories that were on this drive?

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Don't you have a backup? Did you read all the warnings about actually erasing the Windows partition when you went to install Linux Mint? –  slhck May 31 '12 at 9:36
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You might be able to use recovery software but honestly there is 0% chance ALL your files can be recovered. Even if your files can be recovered the installation is toast. –  Ramhound May 31 '12 at 11:50

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It's gone. The best you can do is try some file recovery, but depending upon how much Linux actually overwrote data, you'll probably not get much useful back.

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