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Installed Fedora 25 and now Windows 7 is gone, please help.

asked 2017-05-01 18:54:58 -0500

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Hello people,

First of all I would like to say that I'm new here on Fedora. And therefore I do not know a lot about Linux.

Yesterday I have encountered a problem. When i was taking an online course I wanted to learn more about Linux. After hearing about it I downloaded the newest version, Fedora Workingstation 25 on my USB stick. Eventually I needed to start up my PC again. As I did, my USB stick was (I guess downloading) Fedora workingstation 25. It wasn't taking long. Probably around 10 minutes if it could be less.

When it was done I wanted to switch back to Windows 7. While trying to startup my PC, I couldn't boot up Windows. Everytime Fedora was starting up. I search on the internet for a solution for putting the 1st boot for Windows. But I didn't had that option.

Is there any way to check if i still have Windows 7 on my desktop? And I would really want to know how to get my files back from Windows 7, is there also a way for this?

Please let me know. Many greetings,


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open the terminal and paste the result of lsblk command here, this will let us know what partitions exists on your machine to see if there is a Windows partition, is there is one you may be able to recover your files.

aeperezt gravatar imageaeperezt ( 2017-05-01 20:36:38 -0500 )edit

I'm not really sure how to do that. But without the USB inside the computer I can't pas the message " Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key." But I can get to the BIOS menu.

Yama-Fedora gravatar imageYama-Fedora ( 2017-05-02 08:15:59 -0500 )edit

It looks like you have and issue with your drive. Please open a terminal from the Fedora live USB and run lsblk to see the state of your drive partitions.

aeperezt gravatar imageaeperezt ( 2017-05-02 09:44:28 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-05-01 19:55:39 -0500

sounds like when you booted from that USB stick or you probably installed fedora over your windows 7 install. Do you remember if you went through an install process with fedora asking to install it or did you click on the top left to install? please try unplugging the USB stick and see if it boots. If it still boots to fedora then you have installed it over windows and lost all your files. To recover your files will be a complicated process.

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I downloaded Fedora workingstation 25 on my USB via Rawrite. Even without my USB plugged in the computer I get the message "Reboot and select proper Boot device or Insert Boot media in selected Boot device and press a key.

Yama-Fedora gravatar imageYama-Fedora ( 2017-05-02 08:12:55 -0500 )edit

looks like the BIOS/UFI is not finding the drive. If you go inside the BIOS/UFI there should be an option to choose what drive to boot first. Also are you using a desktop or laptop? You can do a quick google search for the correct boot key. It can range from being ESC, F8, F9 or F12. You can press either of this ones during boot and it should ask you what device you want to boot from.

jlozadad gravatar imagejlozadad ( 2017-05-02 08:47:36 -0500 )edit

I'm now at the BIOS settings. 1st Boot : Hard Disk ST1000DM003-1CH162' 2nd Boot: UEFI Fedora 3rd Boot: CD/DVD HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH24NS95 4th Boot: network 5th Boot: USB KEY 6th Boot: USB Hard Disk 7th Boot: USB Floppy 8th Boot: USB CD/DVD 9th Boot: BEV.

Also if I'm at the BIOS I see an option Boot device priority. Which is exaclty the same as the Boot. At the right side of that I see an '+' sign. If i click at that. It says:

UEFI: Built-in EFI Shell Fedora (PO: ST1000DM003-1CH162) SATA:ST1000DM003-1CH162 SATA:HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH24NS95.

Yama-Fedora gravatar imageYama-Fedora ( 2017-05-02 09:06:32 -0500 )edit

you will have to put the SATA:ST1000DM003-1CH162 first in the list in all of them. then try to boot.

jlozadad gravatar imagejlozadad ( 2017-05-02 11:09:00 -0500 )edit

Below all boots there are three options: 1 = Hard Disk Drive BBS Priorities. There is only 1 boot (1st Boot) SATA:ST1000DM003-1CH162.

2= CD/DVD ROM Drive BBS Priorities. Also 1 boot (1st Boot) SATA2:HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH24NS95.

3= UEFI Boot Drive BBS Priorities. Here there are 2 Boots. 1st Boot is: Fedora 2nd Boot is: UEFI Built-In EFI Shell.

I tryed to put SATA into my first Boot. But it doesn't show it. But when i try to Boot SATA 1 via the '+' sign, I still get the message: Rebot and Select proper Boot Device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key.

Yama-Fedora gravatar imageYama-Fedora ( 2017-05-02 11:24:05 -0500 )edit

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