ubuntu desktops lost while updating

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20 hours ago

I've had Ubuntu 12.03 w/Unity desktop installed on my computer along with Gnome 2 and XBMC desktops which I used occasionally. In attempting to upgrade Gnome 2 to Gnome 3, I inadvertently wiped out all my desktops and now only seem to have the option of formating the drive in order to reinstall Unity or Gnome. I don't want to lose my prior installation and all the files I have on the drive. I can access the files when using the Gnome 3 live flash drive but I don't have the permissions I need to recover my important files and/or transfer them to another drive.

I hope someone can assist me by advising how I can go about reinstalling Unity without wiping out my drive and all my files.

Answer: 2

4 hours ago

Open the terminal using (ctrl+alt+T), and try to reset compiz and unity by:

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools    
dconf reset -f /org/compiz/       
unity-reset
setsid unity

If you are still facing it, then open terminal again and reinstall desktop and unity

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get install unity

UPDATE

From the live CD, open terminal window and type this command

sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda

You will get some results like

/dev/sda1 Linux
/dev/sda2 Etendue
/dev/sdb3 Linux swap / Solaris

The one you want is the Linux one. Next step you have to try to repare it. First we will go with this fdisk command. It should repair it. After you are done reboot and try to use the old system

sudo fsck.ext3 -f /dev/sda1
Added by: Ms. Karelle Bednar

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