I accidentally reinstalled Raspbian on my Raspberry Pi and it erased all files I had on my desktop. Is there any way to get them back, or do I have to redo everything I had?

  • In what way did you reinstall Raspbian? Did you write a new disk image to the SD card, or did you do it from the Pi through some command?
    – Aurora0001
    Commented Apr 20, 2018 at 14:18
  • When the Pi was starting up, I pressed enter on accident and it started the reinstallation.
    – sugarfi
    Commented Apr 20, 2018 at 14:19
  • Hmm, I wasn't aware that could happen; how did you install the OS in the first place? With NOOBS, or just a Raspbian image from the website?
    – Aurora0001
    Commented Apr 20, 2018 at 14:21
  • I installed it with NOOBS.
    – sugarfi
    Commented Apr 20, 2018 at 15:30
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    No backup, no mercy ;-) raspberrypi.org/documentation/linux/filesystem/backup.md
    – Fabian
    Commented Apr 20, 2018 at 18:05

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Unfortunately not... unless you made a backup, or saved the files somewhere other than on your SD card, the installation overwrites everything that's on the card.

Looking at it in a positive light though, you've learned a lesson that all of us get "refresher classes" on from time to time.

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