I'm not a linux power user by any measure and managed to screw up my MBR. Currently I have access to Kali linux, and GRUB is working fine (Kali installed without problems.) While installing Kali it mentioned that it couldn't find any other operating systems on the HDD and recommended that I overwrite the MBR. I thought that was kind of strange but figured I could restore the MBR without too much trouble. I cannot see any indication that Windows is installed on any of the partitions that I can see in Kali linux (though I'm pretty sure it should be on sda1, but that says "Linux"). It probably has something to do with the way I set up the disks during the Kali setup - I said "do not mount" for the Windows partition.
Checking the GRUB command line I was able to discover
(hd0,msdos1) contains a
lost+found folder, but that's it. From my understanding of GRUB + Linux disk numbering, that corresponds to
sda1 - so where are my files?
I don't know what other information I can provide to be of more use, but could really appreciate some help.
sudo fdisk -l output
Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes Disk identifier: 0x00071d9a Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 2048 945407999 472702976 83 Linux /dev/sda2 945410046 976771071 15680513 5 Extended Partition 2 does not start on physical sector boundary. /dev/sda5 945410048 972949109 13769531 83 Linux /dev/sda6 972949504 976771071 1910784 82 Linux swap / Solaris