FBI would use Spinrite'.I used ubuntu and inlalsted testdisk'  which completely recovered deleted partitions after I inlalsted over them. If you want to keep it like windows, go for KDE, if you want something more stable and (in my opinion) better looking, then gnome is great.Testdisk does not need a black desktop  the desktop is superfluous, you should be able to enable repositories and type sudo apt-get install testdisk'  then when it's done, you can type testdisk' to start the program running.Choose from distrowatch'  I'd go with Debian (that's because I already did and don't know much about anything else).
--Aienny Thu Nov 21 14:37:48 2013

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