I’m really bricking it as I think I may have lost ALL my data, and could do with some simple step by step help to extricate myself, please.
I signed up for NextCloud through the guys at PCLinuxOS, and have synced my key data (60GB representing 25 years of scanned financial, investment and life records plus my financial software data). I had a problem with the PCLOS KDE Plasma version not recognising the numberpad on my keyboard after a reload 10 days ago, and one solution suggested was to run Linux from a live CD/DVD to rule out a hardware issue. I downloaded PCLOS MATE onto a DVD and the keyboard worked perfectly. To permanently fix this irritating keyboard problem, I decided to install PCLOS MATE on my desktop, and took advice how to do this without wiping all the current data off my /home partition. That advice did not work and wiped my /home partition so I now have no access to a lifetime’s data - EXCEPT most of it was synced to my NextCloud account.
My backup protocol also failed miserably (another story) although I always had NextCloud at the back of my mind.
I’m pretty sure I cannot just connect my newly installed Linux version to my NextCloud account (assuming I can work out the username and password - all stored in my scanned documents) as my layman’s understanding is that NextCloud would see that all my files were no longer on my desktop, assume I had meant to delete them, then simply sync them into oblivion. Without seeing them on NextCloud, I can’t even be sure of getting all the folders and their names right, and that might be important.
To try and recover the data straight off the hard drive, I have tried running TestDisk (which looked nothing like the user manual on screen and did nothing), and I’ve had PhotoRec running for almost 24 hours now and doesn’t seem to be getting very far (and even if it does, any of the files recovered will have their filenames removed/replaced which isn’t the optimal solution anyway - there are reports of people running it for weeks and weeks too).
I’m posting this message from my Chromebook as I’m petrified of causing more damage if I try and do anything on my desktop.
What I’m hoping is you great guys can tell me how a “not very techie” person can run a simple app (or a simple command line routine if absolutely unavoidable) to copy all the data held in my NextCloud space back to my new, clean and virgin /home space on my desktop.
I do hope there is a foolproof way to do this, and I look forward with trepidation to your expert help and guidance.
Thanks to all.