This mistake is so big I am very embarassed to discuss but here goes:
Installed Alma Linux 8.8 on my HP desktop, I also have an external disk for data backup. All data was transferred to this install.
Installed Cinnamon had had some issues with screensaver.
Went down a huge rabbit hole of trying to install nvidia drivers…and used nvidia-xconfig --mode to try and fix the resulting bad screen resolution. This went nowhere and was NOT a good idea.
Decided to reinstall Alma and start again.
here’s the HUGE mistake
I left the external backup drive plugged in and accidentally installed the fresh install on my backup drive, overwriting my data!
Now if I try to boot the first install on the desktop hard drive, it fails
It hangs/stalls on “started system logging service”
If I add a “1” to the end of the linux line in grub, I get "kernel panic not syncing VFS, unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)
My question is:
Should I try and fix the original broken install (my only source of my backup data, if it’s still on disk) OR should I try a data recovery service on the desktop drive.
Is there a way to see if my data is lost?