I'm using an old pc on which had two OSes loaded, XP and Linux Mint. From 'My Computer' I used to be able to access Local Disk C which runs things and D, which had my stuff on it. D has now disappeared. Might it be recoverable?
Recently, after deleting unused files and programs I had to shut down/reboot, but there was no boot menu. I had zero access to anything.
I did get on-screen messages that "There are currently no Operating Systems installed on this machine" and a friend lent me her stick version of Lubuntu, which I eventually managed to successfully install.
I've yet to test the Linux OS because, for some reason, after installation the old boot menu was back so I'm still using xp, which is at least the devil I know.
However, during the Linux install I was warned that 'All files (etc) will be erased..'. I'd written off my existing Operating Systems anyway so I went ahead; had no idea that they might reappear.
I'd very much like to restore 'D', if only because it contained a lot of unused space which I now have no idea how to access. But also because I had pictures and movies there.
I should explain that I am very much a tech novice. I have tried to research this and found many mentions of TestDisk but I'm not at all confident of my ability to use it and I don't want to risk making things worse.
I feel the same about Windows Repair tool (not even sure if that's a viable option for this situation). Also System Restore, but hat has never worked for me anyway.
Needless to add, genuinely grateful for any help or advice.