Computer Support Forum

Harddrive Recover Files

Question: Harddrive Recover Files

I was attaching a drive, with all my movies, shows and game + add on's to a new unit that I was making for multimedia when I broke off the part that secures the power sata to the board. I bought a replacement drive and switched the boards only it's showing a small portion of the drive and clicks slightly as well. Seagate Barracuda 7200 1.5 TB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 32MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive ST31500341AS-Bare Drive

Relevance 100%
Preferred Solution: Harddrive Recover Files

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Harddrive Recover Files

Swapping the boards is only part of the process. You need to make sure the rev of the board and firmware is exact for both drives controller boards ... Do they match?

11 more replies
Relevance 70.52%

First of all, I want to point out that I have very little knowledge of technology.

I have a NTFS Seagate 2TB Go Flex Desk external hard disk drive. A couple months ago, I found that it had a problem where my laptop could detect it, but couldn't access it and needed to "reformat" it. I left it alone for a while.

Recently, I tried plugging it in again, and behold, it seemed to work okay and I could see all the files and so on. I tried chkdisk without the fixing part (/f). I didn't want to "fix" it until as last resort because it seems to imply some data will be lost. It said there were a lot of bad sectors.

I couldn't read some of the files (most of them were rar files) in my hard disk, and had "read error" and "data error (cyclic redundancy check)". So I basically moved all the files which were normal out of the disk as I couldn't move the others ("can't read from source file or disk") and now I'm left with the broken files, most of which are important. 40gb of 16,000 files.

Is there any hope for me to recover those files? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

Edit: after this, how would I deal with the bad sectors?
 

Answer:Disk read error for files in the harddrive, want to recover files.

OK! The bad sectors are always one of the killers of data on a hard drive. Thatís why we are always asked to back up our needed data at least on two separate drives. So, in the future, you should learn to keep at least two copies of your important data on separate drives or locations.
But, right now, since your drive still could be read on your computer, you could try to run some data recovery programs to take chances. Nowadays, many data recovery programs are developed to help people resolve these troubles.

But, if you are not sure, you could firstly try some drive data recovery freeware such as Recuva, TestDisk and iCare Data Recovery Free, etc.
But, if any data recovery software could not make a difference, you could consult a data recovery expert for help and prepare enough money for it.

Good luck!
 

1 more replies
Relevance 69.7%

I was attaching a drive, with all my movies, shows and game + add on's to a new unit that I was making for multimedia when I broke off the part that secures the power sata to the board.  I bought a replacement drive and switched the boards only it's showing a small portion of the drive and clicks slightly as well.  Seagate Barracuda 7200 1.5 TB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 32MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive ST31500341AS-Bare Drive

Answer:Harddrive Recover Files

Swapping the boards is only part of the process. You need to make sure the rev of the board and firmware is exact for both drives controller boards ... Do they match?

11 more replies
Relevance 68.88%

I'm looking for a good software to recover files from a formated hard drive?
 

Answer:Recover files a formated harddrive

GetDataBack, worth every penny if you buy it.
 

5 more replies
Relevance 68.88%

My cousin's laptop recently went to crap. The windows system startup folder got corrupted. Anyway, I pulled the harddrive and plugged it into my desktop to pull off her personal files (System restore/repair with CD did Not work)
Anyway, I got it to show up fine on my machine, but every single folder, subfolder, and file requires me to go through the arduous process of about 7-10 clicks to 'acquire the security permissions'
Since there are a good 4-600 photos alone, and numerous folders and subfolders, this obviously is not a very efficient method.
After poking around some, it seems like running the takeown commands through the disk would solve this issue...am I correct in assuming that or do I need to run down a different avenue?

Thanks!

Answer:takeown cmd to recover harddrive files?

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...24(WS.10).aspx

See /r switch

recursive through sub folders and all included files.

Or get everything onto an external USB this way

Use Ubuntu Live CD to Backup Files from Your Dead Windows Computer - How-To Geek

7 more replies
Relevance 68.06%

I got a client with their Mac OS screwing up on them with this sort of "Whiting out" of the MacBook screen past login and I'm trying to recover these internal files locked away from the Apple OS format. HFS can detect the recovery, but not the main disk of 222.22 GB of storage that's just locked away there, unable to be labeled or opened for as far as I can tell. What do I do to read this Hard drive? It's not an external one either, it's straight from a mac laptop.

Answer:Trying to recover Some Files From a MacBook harddrive through Windows

Originally Posted by SotoPrior


I got a client with their Mac OS screwing up on them with this sort of "Whiting out" of the MacBook screen past login and I'm trying to recover these internal files locked away from the Apple OS format. HFS can detect the recovery, but not the main disk of 222.22 GB of storage that's just locked away there, unable to be labeled or opened for as far as I can tell. What do I do to read this Hard drive? It's not an external one either, it's straight from a mac laptop.



A Linux Distro booted from a thumb?

6 more replies
Relevance 67.65%

My computer crashed.  It went right back so it looked the second you take it out of the box when it was new... register with gateway, set up internet, install programs, etc. The sad thing is I wasn't the one using it when it happened so, I really don't know what happened. I tried to go back to a restore point but there isn't any. I've got the computer up and running.  Internet is back on.  My question is:  How do I recover what I had on there before?  Can I recover things I had saved like Microsoft word or excel documents?  Can I recover pictures or other files? Any help is greatly appreciated!  Thank You.

Answer:Compute crashed.... Help to recover harddrive files... virus???

It's unclear what you have done...but if the CD or hidden recovery partition were used to revert back to Day One status then your data is gone...

2 more replies
Relevance 67.65%

I'm in desperate need to recover things from my corrupted D drive. When I click on it, it says D:\ is not accessible. The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable. When I restart it always does chkdsk for that drive, but it can't repair the corrupt master file table, and it's the same result where the drive is unreadable. I used the Getdata recover my files software to recover the drive. It didn't find the things I desperately need, and I noticed a bunch of files it recovered is now corrupt.

The most important thing I need to recover is a windows movie maker project that I've spent hours upon hours upon hours on for a music video. I so desperately need that .mswmm file. This software found just about all of my windows movie maker projects except that one, just my luck.

The second most important thing I need is my Adobe Audition session files along with the wav's for the sessions. I have a new computer I should be getting today, and my friend will be over in 2 days. I need to figure something out quickly cause he will need to format the drive which will make it lose everything. He is pretty sure that the drive will be unreadable on his laptop which he's bringing over.

It recovered 2 936gb files and a 465 gb file with no file extensions that were labeled $BadClus~$Bad_1 $BadClus~$Bad_3 & $BadClus~$Bad_4 Is there anything I can do to open these files to try to retrieve anything from it?

Answer:Need to recover files from a corrupt unreadable NTFS harddrive

Actually the programs to recover deleted and corrupted files from a drive are not very professional inspite of what they claim. In my experience they hardly ever do a good and professional job.

Only a real professional can make a good and acceptable recovery of corrupted files from a corrupted drive. These professionals charge the earth for it. For Home Users it is hardly ever worth it. But that is my opinion. May be there are others who can give good guidance on this subject so that you are able to recover your data.

I wish you Good Luck

6 more replies
Relevance 59.86%

So my brother dropped his computer to the ground, and now it is not working properly.
I started windows in repair mode, but the computer freezes like this https://imgur.com/Pq1ncSs, but without the repair box.
I was wondering if it is possible to recover some of the files and stuff on the HD, when the computer is unable to boot.
I have taken out the harddrive from my brother's computer, and put it in to my own computer. When i did that, my own computer asked me if i wanted to run a disk-controll or something like that. After it finished, the computer has freezed like this: Imgur
The text at the bottom says: Controll of usn log complete. It has been like that for almost half an hour now, and i am not sure of what to do.
Answers are much appreciated.

Answer:Need help to recover files from a "dead" harddrive

Hello haakelv!

What kind of drive is it that your brother has? Brand and model?

The disk controller is plainly said a chip that controls a drive depending on its type – IDE, SCSI etc. It enables the CPU to “communicate” with the HDD.
The USN Journal is connected with the NTFS format and it maintains a record of changes which were made to the volume.

From what I understand by dropping his PC, your brother broke his hard drive's disk controller which nowadays is integrated in the hard drive itself, and evidently inserting the drive in to your system led to a USN Journal scan, which (if I am translating correctly) CHKDSK has checked the USN log, has repaired the USN Journal data flow and completed. But the system has hanged.

In my opinion the drive is too damaged to load, the disk controller is most likely broken, thus the drive can't communicate with the system on a healthy level.

You could plug the drive out, restart your system, plug in the drive again, go in to BIOS to make sure your own disk is at first booting position and see if you could load into your OS and open the drive through My Computer, but I doubt it would work.

You'll have to use a data recovery software or company if you need anything from the drive.

Good luck!

CK_WD

3 more replies
Relevance 53.71%
Question: Recover Harddrive

Hey  My laptop recently died on me the Graphics Card inside it has broken and it has to be sent for repair so that is some good news for me today however the repair guy says that all the data will have to be erased from the computer but i ain't being ripped off to pay a fortune to recover my hard drive when i could do it myself so this is my question?How could i recover am laptop hard drive with a broken graphics card? I know some programs can let you see what files you want but the Grpahics Card has broken so that idea is out the window, I was wondering if i could just plug my portable USB  hard drive in to the computer via USB and it would just start grabbing the data off the computer?Or would i have to go around this a different way optionally i would like it if i could just plug the portable HDD in the computer and then it will copy all the files without any hassle?Thanks for your time!

Answer:Recover Harddrive

WAIT STOP!!!If the Graphics Card is broken, ask him 'why the heck would you need to erase the computer's hard drive??'

2 more replies
Relevance 53.71%

Well I had a laptop (Dell 5000e I use every day my buddy crashed his for like the 40th time so being the nice guy that i an i told him to bring me his PC and lend him my backup laptop it just got a new fresh copy of XP Pro Corp on a new 80 gig HDD well i fixed his and when he brought mine back guess what it was down also now every time i get into XP Load it says cant complete format tried deleting partitions and reformatting but it fail using the XP Pro install disk any software that would get my new hard drive back in XP installable shape???? (Donít Loan out your Computer what a headache
 

Answer:Recover My HardDrive

9 more replies
Relevance 53.3%

Hi,
if this is posted in the wrong forum, then please move it to the right place...

My problem is that I ran the recovery CDs (for XP) on my harddrive, believing that I had all data securely backed up. Big mistake. It turns out that I cannot read/find the files (pics) on the DVD (my backup). Some files and folders have been copied onto the DVD correctly, but other files appear to be missing and in many cases entire folders are labelled "Folder is Empty" when trying to open them. On one of my DVDs containing the backup, the info provided in "my computer" says that it contains 4.22GB data, but when going onto the DVD itself and adding together all the files and folders, then it adds up to no more than 3GB. It clearly seems like data has been copied, but somehow I cannot see it (same result on 2 different computers).

What could be the problem? Is there an easy way to recover my files on the DVD?

If not, how much of a chance would I have when it comes to recover the files from the harddrive on which I have run the recovery CDs? After running the recovery CDs, nothing has been written or deleted onto the harddrive. The harddrive is 80GB and the pic files I'd like to recover are no more than 1-2GB in total, so there should be a good chance that the new Windows+applications is not going to sit on top of my files.

Apart from an estimate on how much of my files on the harddrive I can hope to recover, can I expect my recovered files be complete, i.e not p... Read more

Answer:Recover pics from harddrive or DVD

9 more replies
Relevance 53.3%

I install a new harddrive in my computer like a hundred times befor, I have factor disk (easy ok )  ha!Put in disk 1  and up pop this error.       this cd contains a backup software of the originally  installed on a hp pavilion pc,If you are receving this message on a hp pavilion,please call hp support. that it no way out . all they want is  $$$$$$                                     Thanks   Floyd

More replies
Relevance 53.3%

I defraged my Windows ME partition, and all ok until I tried to load Mandrake Linux, which had be corrupted by the defrag. I then attempted to re install Linux, but it took the whole drive (39G). so I did not have Windows. After a great deal of trouble attempting to reformat drive using Fdisk, I resorted again to the recover CD, which announced that the Media in drive C was not recognised. But in frustration I pressed escape and return a number of time and the drive was re formatted, but only approx 29G. I have now a working Windows system but not enough room on the partition to fully load Linux. Somewhere on the Drive there is about 9G unacconted for, which neither windows or linux appear to recognise. Fdisk displays :partition status type vollabel mb system usage 1 EXT DOS %C: 2 A PRI DOS HPPavilion30602Mb 80%System FAT32Whilst I understand what is displayed none of the Fdisk functions will recover the lost 9Mb, Can any one help, Ido not want to re format the whole drive again. but would like to run linux in the lost partition.

Answer:How do I recover a partition on my harddrive?

and chose option 4 "view partitions" as Linux uses (I think) a non-DOS partition which looks like its not being recognized by windows.If you find the non-DOS partition delete it and format the partition.Don't trust me - I'm sure more knowledgeable people will respond

3 more replies
Relevance 53.3%

Hi guys and gals.  A friend asked me to retrieve some pictures from his Dell computer which won't boot. I thought I could slave the harddrive to my pc and save the pictures but the Western Digital connection is not the same as what's on my pc. Is there an adapter available for this type of harddrive? When I boot the computer I get a black screen saying that there is a hardware or software problem and recommends I do a "Launch Setup Repair". I hit enter and it just comes back to the same message. I can choose "start Windows Normally" but it just goes to a black screen. I ran a diagnostic on the harddrive and it passed. I also ran a Memtest86 on the RAM which also passed the test. I have a Recovery Disk but I'm more concerned with saving the pictures first. Any ideas?

Answer:Recover pictures from the harddrive

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-5-3-5-SATA-IDE-USB-Converter-Adapter-Connector-Cable-Hard-Disk-HDD-UK-/200698649526?pt=UK_Computing_CablesConnectors_RL&hash=item2eba925bb6Something like this.

2 more replies
Relevance 52.48%

Alright well first let me direct you to my previous cry for help:

http://www.techsupportforum.com/f100...se-452422.html

I originally thought I had some sort of virus, but it turns out my disk is failing...

I need some help on how to recover everything.

Here is what I have.

C: (Failing drive) with Vista Home Premium
D: 1TB storage Hard Drive with some games on it (Steam)
E: Old Harddrive I pulled from an old pc, with windows xp on it except it won't run without a BSOD unless in safemode

I don't have a vista installation disk or anything, but I do have the OS Key.

Should I move over my important files to my D: and then install vista on there to make it my new C:? or should I format my failing drive and reinstall vista? I'm not sure if it will just fail again or not. Any tips or help would be greatly appreciated

Thank you very much for any help

More replies
Relevance 52.48%

Hey all ... I need to recover data from a crashed HD. What can I try to get it off. I noticed that it wasn't mounting if I would leave windows and log back in later. I was [planning on moving the data but of course now XP doesn't see it at all ... ran a CHKDSK on it during boot up and then it showed. But when I went to access the data it wouldn't let me. Rebooted and now it doesn't show up.

Suggestons and guidance needed!
 

Answer:Recover Data From Crashed HardDrive

10 more replies
Relevance 52.48%

Hi, Can anyone recommend the best data recovery company. I had dropped my external hard drive and opened it to recover, but failed. It is serious, difficult job. There are so many data recovery company in UK, but i do not know which one can do such difficult job.
Many thanks

Answer:data recover from broken harddrive

If you have opened it game over!
and spam springs to mind.

4 more replies
Relevance 52.48%

Hi

I need to help someone recover data from a dead scusi harddrive,

I have not yet inspected the device but I am told the computer makes a beep when it starts then fails to read the disk and wont load the operating system.

I was under the impression that a single beep indicated it had found your harddrive, but I maybe wrong.

It also has a scusi card so could it be possible that the card has failed?

I have the ultimate boot CD so I will possibly be able to do some scans on it with this, but is it possible to recover the data myself without sending it off and paying a small fortune?

If so then how do I go about doing this do I need to connect another harddrive to it to transfer the data?

and what software will I need???

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

More replies
Relevance 52.48%

A couple weeks ago my USB External harddrive got unplugged and when i plugged it back in, it asked me to Format it. It game me a "2HC015KJ" Error code. Its 500GB but now appears as 2000GB. Ive tried to use Partiton Wizard 7, but when doing a quick scan for a couple days, it was only at 163608 sectors, and still at 0%.

More replies
Relevance 52.48%

On my new ThinkCenter A57 i have installed more than one Harddrives.So i have tried to save also the second and .. Harddrives with Rescue and Recovery but i was not able to do so.Only the first Harddrive with all the Part. can be saved with Rescue and Recovery is that normal ?My opinion is  that an Thinkcenter may have more than one Harddrives and Rescue and Recovery must be able to save all. 

More replies
Relevance 52.48%

Hi guys,
well heres the story: My sister brought me a computer to fix for her friend who owns a restaurant. So all i did was an easy fix formatted the hard drive and installed windows. Well i brought it back to the owner and she is very sad that i have deleted all the files on the computer. If i knew she wanted to recover the data i would have installed the hard drive into my computer and backed it up for her but i didn't know.
Heres the problem: She had a lot of records stored on the computer she needs and I was wondering if there was a way to restore some of her data that i formatted? I am willing to buy the software because i am getting more ppl who ask me to fix their computer. I know that since i installed windows on it, that it is impossible to recover all the formatted data but I think if i just get some she will be happy. I thank you for any help. Thank you.
 

Answer:Recover Data from Formatted HardDrive?

Runtime software's get data back seems to work the best for me,
 

5 more replies
Relevance 52.48%

My old laptop's motherboard died, probably as a result of overheating.  The harddrive is RAID 0; two drives stacked on top of each other.  I've had some friends look at it, and they recommended a 2.5" PATA/IDE enclosure kit.  I found this one at tigerdirect - Sabrent 2.5" USB 2.0 to IDE/PATA Aluminum Hard Drive Enclosure.  Will I still be able to recover the data one drive at a time, even though it is RAID 0?  I also looked into IDE cable adaptors, but again, the IDE cable adaptors I've found only connect to one harddrive at a time.  Thank your for any help you can give me. 

More replies
Relevance 52.48%

I accidentally deleted my second hard drive. Is there a way to reverse to accident? Preferable Free.


OS: WinXP installed on HDD1: 40 Gig
HDD2: 200 GIG - Deleted
 

Answer:how to recover deleted secondary harddrive

or you could just download Winhex and that will solve all your issues even if there are no hard drive flags on the drive you will still be able to get most of the info back.
 

2 more replies
Relevance 52.07%

Hi all, a while ago I had the idea to start from scratch to clean up the system and gain more performance. But I have not done yet because I have some doubts.


On the PC I have Acronis True Image Home 2011
--> In the part where it says My backups I see the image that I have saved.
--> When I click on "Explore and recover" :To the right I see 2 items to recover: "Reserved for System and Local Disk (C)"
Therefore, the partition (D)will remain intact. Right ? But if I want to restore everything, both partitions, i have to use the option "Files and folders" ?

Extra info : I did not create the image, other person is who created it :P

Answer:Difference between recover partitions or recover files and folders.

How long ago was that Acronis image made?

I guess I don't understand your intent. You talk about starting over to clean up and gain more performance, but then express interest in restoring "everything".

Was that image made at a time when your system was running perfectly? How has your system changed since that date? If you restore, you will have to reinstall any applications you've acquired since the image was made. And that image won't contain any personal data acquired since it was made. Maybe it contains no personal data at all?
If you are going to "start from scratch", I assume you mean you want to do a clean install of Windows.

If you were to do that, the only thing in that image file that might possibly be important to you would be personal files---pictures, videos, mp3s, Word documents, browser bookmarks, possibly email, etc. And that would be personal files as of the date of that image, not your current personal files. And not Windows itself.

If I wanted to "start over", I would:

1: back up all current personal files to some other drive, probably external. I would NOT use an image for this. I'd just copy them with the mouse.

2: reinstall Windows.

If I did those 2 things, the contents of the Acronis image would be irrelevant.

You should forget about Acronis if you don't understand it or know whats in any images you have. Particularly if you didn't make the image yourself. Images can fail you anyway. I'd never rely on them exclusi... Read more

3 more replies
Relevance 52.07%

Hi,

I recently broke my laptop and as it was fairly old decided to upgrade instead of trying to fix it, however I want to get the data from my old laptop to upload onot my new one.

I have a external enclosure for a laptop harddrive that I can slave off but my issue is that the drive from my old laptop is partitioned (C:\ & D:\). My new laptop's system drive is C:\ so when I plug in the harddrive it detects but does not come up as a drive. I've tried to change the drive letter of the C:\ drive but as it's the system drive it won't let me, anyone know what I can do?

Any suggestions would be most welcome, I have 3 years worth of emails on my old harddrive which I really don't want to lose.

Thanks,

Dillonmr

Answer:Broken laptop - recover harddrive data

Not sure why the partitions aren't showing up, but I can tell you there is absolutely no point in changing the drive letter as it wouldn't help you access the external drive and could really screw up your current system. What operating sytem were you running on the old drive? If the partitions are formatted as NTFS, they could be refusing to mount due to an "unclean shutdown".

8 more replies
Relevance 52.07%

Whilst trying to reformat one hard drive i didnt realise that an external hardrive was still connected. Noticing a second harddrive on the screen i just thought that xp was being weird. and like an idiot i deleted the partiton before realising. Now the drive dosnt show in my computer.

What steps can i take to make this drive accessible again?

thanks for your time
 

Answer:recover a deleted partition on external harddrive

In Disk Management, RIght click on the drive and set a partition and format it . . this will erase all data so be sure that is ok!

Right click on My Computer . . select Manage . . Disc Management
 

3 more replies
Relevance 52.07%

problem:

got a pc which wont work, it keeps asking fr the boot disk. this doesnt matter - its an old heap of junk which doesnt need fixing. i dont even know which OS it was using at present. (i will find out tomorrow)

I need to get the data off the the harddrive which it used.

the drive is only 10gb, its a fujitsu MP3102AT drive.

i tried ubcd4win but the pc kept asking for floppy, i set the boot options in the bios to cd, but it still wont load.

EDIT: got it to load the cd drive - ubcd loaded, but isnt recognising the hard drive.

This hard drive just wont be picked up or recognised in any machine i have, is it just fuked completley?
this all adds to experience!
 

Answer:Solved: trying to recover data from harddrive - unsucessfully...

9 more replies
Relevance 51.66%

Please assist...

I have had a recent laptop failure. I put the hard drive in an enclosure and was able to copy it to another hard drive.

How can i recover my outlook inbox, contacts and calendar from the hard drive when outlook is reinstalled on the laptop?

note - I have not backed up in a couple on months and need to recover the non backed up information.

Thank you.
 

Answer:Solved: recover outlook inbox from external harddrive

Search for your PST file. This contains all of the data for Outlook (except accounts, but it'll have emails, calendars, tasks, etc). Exchange accounts use OST files.

Edit: And welcome to the board!
 

1 more replies
Relevance 51.66%

Hello,

I have a major problem. Because my laptop was having problems involving the 'blue screen of death', I chose to backup my files to an external portable harddrive before reformatting the entire drive.

However, when opening the backup folder, I discovered that my art folder, located in the 'PUBLIC PICTURES' folder was not to be found.

What is the BEST method to recover the files from the 'PUBLIC PICTURES' folder? I had almost 5GIGS worth of pictures.

I KNOW there is a way to recover the files, but not sure if they will even be located in the Public Pictures folder. Is it possible that after reformatting, Windows 7 relocated the contents of the 'Public Pictures' folder to another place on the drive?

Is it possible to restore the folder to previous versions AFTER reformatting the drive?

Can someone PLEASE help me?? This is seven years worth of photos I saved that I'm desperately trying to recover.

THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH for your patience and assistance.

Answer:HELP!!! RECOVER Public Pictures Folder AFTER reformatting harddrive!!!

Can someone please help me? I'd really need to recovery these files WITH the exact file names associated to them.

Does anyone know of a free method to recover them from the 'PUBLIC PICTURES' folder AFTER reformatting the harddrive?

Would appreciate any help!!

9 more replies
Relevance 51.66%

I am using self booting Spotmau 2009 it found 2000000 files in the unformat mode but then it switched to a window with an orange bar that keeps refilling saying constructing a file list, it has been doing so for nearly a full day now. Is this time too long or normal for such a thing? Should I be looking into another program?

I was installing linux mint and it was not suppose to delete windows and my mp3s but I must have made a mistake. Oh please help me, Ive lost photos and mp3s, books, papers, so much, please help.
 

Answer:erased harddrive, using Spotmau to recover,taking too long

I'd try another recovery program like Test Disk.
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
 

1 more replies
Relevance 47.15%

I am in the process of "moving into" a new HP Win7 desktop computer and out of a winXP Gateway desktop. I have two 1GB portable drives to use for this process. What is the best freeware to use to transfer the files without copying files I already moved so as to not generate a gazillion duplicate files?? Does that freeware have the ability to have a decision tree to asses whether a particular file is different than the one already there, and how it is different: content change, modified date, ??

Thanks for your help... JDD 20140505
 

Answer:Transferring data files from one harddrive to another without duplicating files

I would use a file synchronisation program for this, such as Microsoft's SyncToy or SyncBack Free. You set up profiles for syncing folders and set the criteria to be used in the decision making process when two files of the same name exist in both source and destination drives. I haven't used SyncToy in many years, but do know it works well, and use SynvBack Free all the time.

SyncToy - http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=15155

SyncBack Free - http://www.2brightsparks.com/freeware/freeware-hub.html
 

3 more replies
Relevance 46.74%

Icons are missing. Folders on the desktop are gone. Tried to recover the folders, it says it is done but I still can not find my folders. The tiles will not stay on the start up menu. When I reboot the computer I have to start the whole process again. How to I fix this? Will Windows 10 be fixed soon by Microsoft?

Answer:Windows 10 updated, wiped out my desktop files, it won't let me recover the files.

check out "windows.old" folder in c drive!

2 more replies
Relevance 45.51%

I have been using Ghost that came along with Norton Systemworks 2003 for almost 5 years now. Duh. Any ways, I wanted to try creating a Ghost image and saving it directly to DVD's. I went and set up everthing in DOS, needed to have FireWire support for the DVD Recorder. No big deal. Ghost booted up fine and all that. Did the typical things to get started: source = my auxiliary drive, copy to = my DVD Recorder. Chose Fast Compression, which was later realized as being my first mistake. The file creation took about 5 DVD's and everything appeared to be going okay. The whole process took almost 2 hours. I then went on to do the Integrity Check. Shortly after I started the Integrity Check, was in too much of a hurry to get done and I was so confident that the Image file was okay that I shut down the machine, and proceeded in zero-ing both of my HDD's. Had I run the Integrity check just a few more minutes I would have found that the Ghost Image file had been corrupted and I would have never erased my HDD's. The errors that I was getting in DOS when Ghost exited itself was Decompression Errors when I later went back and tried to do an Integrity Check. That is when I realized I should not have used Fast compression, rather I should have used No Compression. Makes sense. Most of the data on my Aux drive were Ghost Image files and they were already compressed enough as it is.

So, here is my dilemma, and a serious dilemma at that. All my vital data for... Read more

Answer:How can I recover files from corrupted Ghost files??

If you have not used your hard drives for anything since you zeroed them out, you may wish to contact the drive manufacturer or a professional data recovery service, such as Ontrack, to inquire about the possibility of recovering your business data from the hard drives themselves. I'm not optimistic such a recovery would be feasible, but it's worth asking about. In theory it's possible to recover data that's been overwritten, but as a practical matter it may not be economically feasible if it's possible at all . Still, you may as well contact the drive manufacturer or a data recovery service and ask how likely it is your data could be recovered from those hard drives and how much it would cost. This is assuming that the hard drives in question have not been used since they were zeroed out. If they are in use, it may still be possible to recover some of the old overwritten data, but such recovery becomes less and less likely the more the hard drives are used.

If you don't wish to pay for professional data recovery help there is software available (both freeware and regular retail stuff) that may allow recovery of some data from your hard drives. But typically such software is able to recover data deleted from the recycle bin or from a drive that's been repartitioned. Whether a similar recovery would succeed with drives that have been zeroed out (so-called low level formatting) I don't know.

There are both free and commercial har... Read more

7 more replies
Relevance 45.51%

Hi, I used Puran to recover some deleted files from my external hard drive and when I open some of the files I get the following message:
 
"This document could not be registered . It will not be possible to create links from other documents to this document."
 
The documents still fully open and they look like they are all there. Also, when I look at the properties of some of the folders they say there is 0 bytes in them. I did the recovery twice, once selectively with only the files that I thought I needed such as .doc and .pdf, and again with everything including files such as .cab . chm .dwg .hlp .mdf. Two identical recovered folders from each recovery say they have a different amount of data in them.
 
My question is: are there supporting files that need to be recovered along with the .doc and .pdf files to fix the issues and to make sure i have recovered everything, such as the .cab .chm etc?  I didnt the extra files were necessary but on further research they might be files needed by word. Are they only needed for the program and not individual files?
 
Thanks for the help!

Answer:When I recover deleted files, are there supporting files also?

Check if the service "DCOM Server Process Launcher" is set to Automatic and running. Start->Run->type Services.msc, scroll down until you find the service. Also check to make sure the "Remote Procedure Call (RPC)" service is set to Automatic and running.

1 more replies
Relevance 45.51%

Hi,
I got a new PC recently and I upgraded it to W10. I copied all files that I had from old PC into the new one, and I named the file "Windows.old".
Recently, everything had gone. Absolutly everything...
I did some research, in the meantime and I found about that "windows.old" issue that is been around for the new users of Windows 10.
Is there anything I can do to recover the files that, for me were not to be deleted?
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Old PC Files that I copied into new PC with W10 were deleted. How can I recover the files?

little bit silly naming it the same as windows would use as a temp upgrade. Personally would have called it something else. doubt the files are recoverable unless you run recovery software on the drive and see if it returns.

3 more replies
Relevance 45.51%

Any one knows of a software that will recover files from a reformatted hard drive, files with extension .tax (turbotax files).I have tried couple of them, they found lots of files but not these.Thanks.

Answer:Recovery software to recover files .tax files?

Hi ju1985,Have you tried Convar FileRecovery. It's freeware.

1 more replies
Relevance 43.87%

HI,

A clients computer has crashed and I have ordered him a new one. Is there anything I need to know when trying to get the files off his old harddrive to the new one? I have one of those sata to USB connectors so I'm simply going to plug it in. I remember I've had problems with it not letting me transfer files in the past though. Any recommendations on this?

Old harddrive has an HP copy of windows XP, new computer is going to have vista home premium.

Thanks,
Foz
 

Answer:How to get files off this harddrive?

You shouldn't have any issues, unless those files were stored in the "my" folders. You may have to take ownership of those directories in order to get at the files.
 

1 more replies
Relevance 43.87%

So this is something a bit old school...

I bought a USB to IDE/SATA Combo Kit from ThinkGeek.com (and now it's not on the site... WTF?) so that I could gather all my old files off all my old harddrives onto my new laptop.

It came in today and I hooked everything up, heard the drive whirring (rather loudly, but smoothly) and plugged in the USB cable, and the computer recognized it saying I had a new USB device/drive. Problem is, it won't show up under the Computer folder like other USB flashdrives. I've looked and looked, and can't access it anywhere.

My Device Manager shows that it's working properly and that there is a USB storage drive attached. I just can't access it. And I've checked and rechecked all my cables, and they're all plugged in correctly.

So, I have a little theory that it might have something to do with the jumper configuration... I think it's set to Master/Cable Select. Could that possibly be my problem?

The drive is a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 60 7200rpm drive (Model 5T030H3). The first set of pins farthest from the power supply are shunted vertically, and then the pins next to it are shunted horizontally on the top row, like this (there's no pin where the _ is):

X Z Z _ o
X o o o o

I'm running Windows 7 on an ASUS laptop. Unfortunately the Combo Kit doesn't seem to have a manufacturers/company name.

Any and all help is greatly appreciated! If you need any more deta... Read more

Answer:USB to IDE - Trying to get files off an old harddrive...

Change the drive letter in disk management, that usually fixes it.
 

7 more replies
Relevance 43.46%

Ok. My dad is re-installing Windows XP because his got 'fried'. I want to re-install this operating system, or OS so he can keep just his music and photos. He has several irreplaceable photos that he wants to keep.

Now, since his operating system is fried, he can only make it to the Start Menu and then his computer just keeps rebooting.

We tried taking it to a professional PC place and they just said the OS crashed and we would have to replace it.

So how can I transfer the music and photos to my hard drive temporarily so that he can keep his photos and music? I would try to put two hard drives on his computer, which is like, 10 years old, but i'm not to handy-dandy with the hardware stuff, although I am computer savvy I am considered a pro to my classmates in middle school. Please reply soon.
 

Answer:How to Transfer files To and From a different harddrive?

6 more replies
Relevance 43.46%

Hey,

My computer had was very old, broken and had a virus on it so we got a new one. The problem is, we had a lot of files on that PC that we dont want to lose. How would I go about transferring those files from my old pc to the new one?

Thanks to anyone that can help!
 

Answer:How do I transfer files from old harddrive?

7 more replies
Relevance 43.46%

I recently just got a new laptop that's running windows 7 to replace my old one that has XP. The problem is I can't seem to figure out the best way to transfer literally 100GB's worth of media files from my old laptop to my new one. It's all just in one file on my desktop.

I don't have a removable hard drive or the money for one, all I have is an 8GB USB which would take too much time to even bother. So I was thinking of using a network, but I have no idea how to use one.

Any ideas? Thanks! I appreciate it a lot! :)

Answer:How to transfer files without a harddrive between XP and 7?

Network them as you said.

Share the XP c drive and then just copy paste everything.

Networking is simple using any router, but can done without one in an ad-hoc setup:
Making the Wireless Home Network Connection in Windows XP Without a Router

2 more replies
Relevance 43.46%

Hi recently a friend gave me a harddrive with some files on it, some video , some picture, some documents, etc.It worked fine and I played the video on my TV media player box by plugging the harddrive in unfortunately one of the video files now fails to show on the media player when I have a look on the computer the file shows but as a locked folder which can't be deleted it says new year party.avi now it show as a folder, this has happened before on several computers with several harddrives one of them did it to half the contents on the harddrive video and otherwise. The files can not be scanned after this by any scanning software they are noted as invalid directorys that dont exist or are compressed, whats strange is that it always starts of with a file a individual file and turns into a invalid locked directory, wierd hay?.Do you know what this problem is, a friend reckoned it may of been a virus but it has happened so many times on so many computers with so many different virus scanners I don't think their is enough odds of that anymore , if you can help that would be great and sorry to the administrator if this is in the wrong section its a confusing subject and I'm not sure where to put it.Note: I am yet to try the harddrive on my windows 8 system.

Answer:locked files on harddrive

Never mind I worked it out its a WDTV flaw.

1 more replies
Relevance 43.46%

***windows xp, Home version 2002, service pack 2, pentium (R) 4 CPU 1700 MHz, 512 MB of RAM, original harddrive 18 GB, newly installed harddrive 125 GB, desk top pc***

I want to move my installed programs and some other files to my new harddrive. The old one is not hooked up but I will put it back in the loop as the 2nd or slave when I know how to safely copy some of it to the new drive.

My concern is that since this is a used computer and I am the 8th or more person to use it,
I don't want to transfer any "problem" files, bugs etc. The old drive had unresolvable connectivity issues and when running spybot and other scans I could see many, many files being scanned that looked very unsafe from their names. Such names as, "trojan, keylogger, xxx, sex, dialer, (dozens of these) etc. WHERE THE HECK ARE THOSE KIND OF FILES STORED ON THE COMPUTER? Can you find them and eliminate them?

Anyway I need some guidance on getting my installed programs and files off the old drive onto the new drive without letting all that "junk" transfer over.
Thanks, Edward33
 

Answer:How to: move some (not all) files to new harddrive?

8 more replies
Relevance 43.46%

Hi all,
I would appreciate any and all input on this subject as I haven't done this before.

I have a friend who's mobo died. The hdd is intact with many files that she would like to save. This hdd was in a computer running Windows 98 (possibly SE though I'm not positive).

Can I take this hdd and assign it as a slave in my Windows XP computer and pull the files off of it that way? Or will it screw things up having the '98 OS on the other hdd?

Again, I've never done this before so I am a total newbie.
ANY help at all would be wonderful!

Thanks in advance,
Corey

Answer:Pulling files from old harddrive

If you boot from the XP disc, then you shouldnt have a problem.

6 more replies
Relevance 43.46%

Hello,

I currently do not have a second harddrive but will get one soon.
For now however I would like to know if it is possible to have certain files/directories moved to the outside of my harddrive for increased performance.

Does any of you know if it's possible, and if yes, then how?

Thanks in advance.

Mark

Answer:Moving files to outside of harddrive

You can copy only personal data: photos, documents, audio and video files.

8 more replies
Relevance 43.46%

so i've just bought a new HD and i've installed XP on it. the thing is that i already have an old installation on my other HD, wich is also hooked up, and i want to transfer files from it. regular files transfer fine, but when i want to access files within my old account, like files located in My Documents or on the Desktop, i get an error message saying something like "access denied". how do i get around this without messing physically with the hd's?

More replies
Relevance 43.46%

I HAVE THIS HARD DRIVE OF A MSI A6200 HOW CAN I TRANSFER WHATS ON IT ONTO ANOTHER LAPTOP

Answer:HARDDRIVE TRANSFER FILES

Exactly what do you want to transfer (just some files, entire drives, etc)?

12 more replies
Relevance 43.46%

i pluged my harddrive in my girlfriends computer put sum stuff on. then pluged it back into mine and all the files have gone. i put my harddrive into the college computers and all the files are there again. plug it into mine and there not there. but when i go to propertys on the hard drive its saying 50gb are being used. so the files are on the harddrive but i cant see them. also i am on pc

Answer:ex harddrive missing files

When you put the hard drive back into your computer, are you switching the jumper from slave back to master?  Maybe it's a silly question, but I know it can be pretty easy to forget to do this.

2 more replies
Relevance 43.46%

Hi there,

I'll try and round up my problem quickly basically was running windows10 (upgraded from 7) on my alienware computer then all of a sudden the other day the motherboard went pop!
So as i have files and photos that aren't backed up anywhere i really need to access the HDD to take the files only.

I plugged the HDD(sata) into our other home computer but it just won't recognise it.
However if i plug only this HDD in it boots into windows repair but... all the option fail to work when it loads.

I am in a bad position as have wedding photos on there and other stuff that i really should have backed up.
Thing is the HDD should be fine i just cannot get it to work like a slave drive or whatever to take the files i need.

Thanks for reading

Answer:Retrieving files from harddrive

shinobi61 said:

Hi there,

I'll try and round up my problem quickly basically was running windows10 (upgraded from 7) on my alienware computer then all of a sudden the other day the motherboard went pop!
So as i have files and photos that aren't backed up anywhere i really need to access the HDD to take the files only.

I plugged the HDD(sata) into our other home computer but it just won't recognise it.
However if i plug only this HDD in it boots into windows repair but... all the option fail to work when it loads.

I am in a bad position as have wedding photos on there and other stuff that i really should have backed up.
Thing is the HDD should be fine i just cannot get it to work like a slave drive or whatever to take the files i need.

Thanks for reading



Hi shinobi61 and welcome to Tenforums.

Sorry to hear this. It doesn't sound good. You could try a data recovery program like Recuva and see if it can read the drive. Sometimes recovery programs will be able to read drives that Windows can not. However, if the MB failure affected the drive somehow, you may be looking at professional services to get your wedding photos back.

Edit: No OneDrive? No Dropbox? No Google Drive? Nothing?

9 more replies
Relevance 43.46%

i got a problem that maybe someone can help me out with.........my girlfriends motherboard fried..she was running xp home edition....i have an old computer that i'm going to take the motherboard and processor out of and put in hers...but she wants to save her data....she has some important .doc's and alot of pictures that cant be replaced in her My documents folder on her harddrive....

i put her harddrive in my computer as a slave and was able to see the files on her harddrive....but the one folder that has her name on it(where all the pics and .docs are) it tells me its not accessible.....she had a profile login on xp home that she would login to....and i have her login/password if there was to use it......is there anyway to get into that folder to retrieve her stuff and back it up?...any info would be appreciated.. thanks!

this is the message i get....

E:\Documents and settings\Linda is not accessible
access is denied
 

Answer:how can i backup these files on this harddrive?

Follow this.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308421&sd=tech
 

1 more replies
Relevance 43.46%

I've got fully 1293 idx files on the top level of my harddrive, which appeared a few months back, but are starting to annoy me now!All are 1kb, with a four character alphanumeric filename in the format aaaa, aaan, aana, or aann.idxCan these all be deleted, or should they be left there? I have no idea what idx files are, which is why they've survived for months!Thanking you in advance....

Answer:IDX Files on top level of harddrive

Do you have nero? If so, they could be the nero database files for when nero checks the internet for a CD.

3 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

I have 2 HDD's both are 160Gb but one is saying only 7.86Gb and that its not formatted. I had some nasty spyware get on there and tear me a new one. it was my primary drive but now I am no longer able to boot from it. right now I bought a new drive for a primary and tried to connect the other as a secondary but I cant open it because Win says the drive is not formatted and that its not bigger than 8Gb. I have tried some recovery software but it will only read the 8Gb's. I really want to keep my files and am kicking myself for not backing them up.
 

Answer:need to recover some files

What recovery software have you used? Try TestDisk. It's free and got me out of a jam when I corrupted a Windows 2000 installation. The damage was too severe to recover the partition as a whole, but I was able to get all of the files I needed from the drive before I reformatted.
 

2 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

I am a fan of Western Digital, but I have an internal Maxtor 500GB Sata HD which until recently worked. A week ago my buddy at the shop called me and told me that our Motherboard fried when he tried to turn it on. I immediately went to the shop to fix the problem. The Power Supply had shorted out the Motherboard, which in turn shut everything down. Got a new Power Supply plugged it in and nothing. So I decided to try and get all of the files off of the HD a different way. I took the HD home and tried to hook it up to my PC, which I have always been able to do for other people's HD's and I could not get the Maxtor to read at all. I tried just about everything in my knowledge that I could think of. Unfortunately I have no back-up of all the files. I need to know if there is any way to get those files off of the old Maxtor, which has Windows XP Professional as the OS, so I can move them over to a new HD. If anyone can help, it would be much appreciated.
 

Answer:How do you Recover Files from an HD that has an OS on it?

Is the system bios is detecting your hard drive at all?
 

8 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

For no reason my pc will not boot up, I get to a blue screen which says 'Automatic Repair, your pc did not start correctly?'I have tried the following:1. Restart - comes back to above message every time2. Advanced options- tried 'Continue?to Win8.1..' but this does not work- tried 'Troubleshoot' Refresh - but this does not work- tried 'Troubleshoot-Advanced options System Restore' but it says I do not have a restore point  - but I am sure I have restored in the past!As far as I have got my Vaio , I did not make a recovery so as a result not to have back up of my docs.Now i have connected my hdd on my PC but i cannot see the files,I have tried changin the ownership as i have read in some forums but i still cannot access my files.The only thing i managed is to see the Folders inside my HDD but not the subfolders or files.Thanks for any help/solutions.

More replies
Relevance 43.05%

I have Windows Xp Media Center Edition and yesterday it stopped working. It would get up to windows logo and then would restart again. I am wondering if there is any way to save all my files at are inside the hard drive, or if anyone knows how to get my computer back to normal so I don't have to restore it. Thank you in advance :D

Answer:Trying to recover files

<<I am wondering if there is any way to save all my files at are inside the hard drive, or if anyone knows how to get my computer back to normal so I don't have to restore it.>>Hmmm...that's asking al lot, if something serious has gone wrong. But...we'll see what we can do .This is going to be somewhat laborious...if you get tired of any of the steps or suggested approaches, feel free to quit. It's your system and you don't have to try to do any of what might be suggested.Manufacturer of PC...and the model? Manufacturer is Compaq, Gateway, et alia...while the model would be something analogous to Presario 1234.Have you tried any of the methods for repair which might be enabled/suggested by the manufacturer...and probably contained in the owner's manual?Do you have restore/recovery CDs, provided by the system manufacturer?Did you note any onscreen error messages?Are you the only user on this system...there's only one profile?Are you using the Windows firewall? Do you have an AV program installed and updated? What other programs do you have installed that are supposed to protect the system from malware?Is your version of Windows current with all critical updates that should have been installed to better security?Do you have access to a working, functional system...in addition to this one?Is this a laptop or a desktop? I tend to think "desktop" but I make many mistakes daily .Do you have any reason to suspect that malware i... Read more

9 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

Is there a freeware program that I can use, to find files that I deleted when I had to reinstall XP
 

Answer:I need to recover files!

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/pcinspector.html

Do NOT attempt to recover the files back to the hard drive that they were deleted on, or they can overwrite other files you want to recover.

Do not use the PC for anything until you have attempted recovery, as every operation will risk overwriting the disk locations. Ideally slave the drive to another XP PC.
 

2 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

Hello all.....

My problem is ....my system got infected by virus ...so i deleted two drives (out of 4).. and re-installed my OS... after doing that , i found the remaining two drives (those which i have'nt deleted) , which were 20 GB's each, have merged into a single drive... when i tried to open that drive i got error message as "drive not formatted"... and its not opening........
I've some important photos and documents in that ... can anyone please help to recover data in that drive...plz plz help me out...

Thank u for reading....
Takecare
 

Answer:Plz help........How to recover files??

You left out important info. Which 2 drives did you delete?

Where they physical drives or Logical partitions? Example: You have a single hard drive, partitioned into C: & D:. The Logical Drives are C: & D: but you have one physical hard drive

If one was C:, big goof.

If they were other drives and you deleted them, your data is toast. When you delete a drive you do have to reformat them.
 

3 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

HI! ANYONE PLEASE HELP ME MY WINDOWS XP WITH PASSWORD IS CORRUPTED AND I INSTALL ANOTHER WINDOWS XP IN THE SAME DRIVE, HOW CAN I RECOVER MY OLD FILES USING MY NEW WINDOWS WHEN THE OLD WINDOWS HAS PASSWD.

Answer:HOW CAN I RECOVER MY FILES IN XP

I'm not sure but it's obviously screwed up your capslock button as well...

2 more replies
Relevance 43.05%
Question: Recover OE6 files

My os win98 crashed and i am trying to recover my OE6 mail files. Normally you recover all mail files with DBX extension. This system has Norton AV on it and all mail files have a MBX and IDX extension. I cannot import back to OE6.
Does anyone know how to convert MBX back to DBX. Can they be renamed?
any help would be great. Thanx Al...
 

Answer:Recover OE6 files

Where are you looking?
Try windows>local settings>application data>identities>xxxxxxxxx-xxxxxxxxxxx>microsoft>outlook
 

3 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

Hi Guys! First of all let me thank you for your great job. Which tool should be used to recover pdf files? Is there a tool for .msg files?Thanks again!Mod Edit: Moved to All Other Applications from Security.. ~~boopme

Answer:Recover .pdf and .msg files

Hi cebarbosa,
 
What exactly do you mean by recover?
 
Are the files deleted? Is the hard drive damaged? have you just forgotten the location?

3 more replies
Relevance 43.05%
Question: recover dbx files

Am trying to help someone who has lost outlook express files, i have found them in a hidden file but cannot recover them in the way microsoft advise as they are not in recycle bin.I have done a google search for software that will allow me to read dbx files, but there are many programs to choose from and unsure what i need.Basically i have dbx files saved in folder on desktop and i need to be able to read them, can anyone advise good program to use as i cannot get them back to outlook express.Thanks

Answer:recover dbx files

See:click hereclick hereI use OEView - not sure if second is the same.

1 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

so my 2nd pc i use i reinstalled win 7 on it right but my backup drive with customer info is on it in case they need backups i can give i to them but its not being seen in my computer until i format it any any ideas on how to pull that info off or recovery it without formatting? If i goto control panel disk mgmt its there but im not able to access or open the drive to see the files windows thinks its a new drive.
 

Answer:need to recover files plz

I would clone the drive first without touching it then see what I can do with the clone. It might show up or it might need initialising. If it does need to be initialised then run Recuva or get data back or one of the other recovery programs.

Had good luck so far doing this. If it doesn't work then you might have to work with the original drive which is brown trousers time. As long as it isn't a full format some data should be recoverable as long as it is in the same file format as it was.
 

2 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

My Dell Latitude began giving me write-failure messages. Whenever I attempted to run a scan, e.g. chkdsk or a virus scan, it blue screened with a Hard Error message. Finally, I bought an external drive to do a backup. Unfortnately, I got the bluescreen on the backup attempt and upon all attempts to boot thereafter. I called dell, we ran a diagnostic which indicated a bad drive, and they sent me a new drive. As I have tons of important info on the old drive, I am attempting to recover as much as possible.

I have installed the new drive in my Latitde and it works fine. I have also placed the old drive in a USB drive enclosure.

I'm wondering what the best way to proceed is. Should I attempt to boot from an XP CD and re-install XP on the broken drive?

If I connect the old drive and attempt to read files from it, how do I prevent infections of my new drive?

Should I use data-recovery software? Which ones are recommended?

I'd be happy to answer any requests for further information. Many thanks.
 

Answer:Best way to recover files

Install the original drive as a slave to the new drive and see if you can then access the files.
 

6 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

Hi, I really know nothing about computers, so I have no idea whether I just lost everything and am in a state of panic.

I was trying to go online with google chrome and my computer just got stuck. I tried to shut it off and it wouldn't shut down, so I removed the battery. When I put the battery back in, it wouldn't start and I ran startup repair. Startup repair couldn't fix the problem. I tried to start windows vista in safe mode, and it just shut down. Windows starts, then I see a blue screen, then it restarts and just keeps going with this cycle. Then I tried to go back to the last known good configuration. That didn't work. I have no idea what to do next because I can't get ahold of windows support.

All I want to know is whether I'm going to be able to recover my files. I have really important files on my laptop that I can't afford to lose.

Answer:can i recover my files

If you've got files on your laptop hard drive that you cannot afford to lose, you should have put backup copies of them all on to an external hard drive or a set of DVDs, not wait till something like this happens!

Your current situation may be recoverable without losing data (I don't know), but one day your laptop drive will fail as they all do eventually. When that happens, your data is gone well & truly (unless you pay hundreds of dollars for professional data recovery).

If the hard drive capacity is sufficient, install a new copy of windows somewhere else on it. That will not destroy the existing damaged installation. Then boot into the new installation to access your files that are on the old partition.

2 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

Hi,
how to recover files from the included folder after it has been deleted from the library??
My Musics is at stake..plz help me!!!
Thanks.

Answer:How to recover files

  
Quote: Originally Posted by king6666


Hi,
how to recover files from the included folder after it has been deleted from the library??
My Musics is at stake..plz help me!!!
Thanks.


what folder? deleted how?

You can always try to recover them using a third party app like recuva.
Good luck

Ken

6 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

Hi
thanks for this wonderful thread .

i am using vista home , and i was working 4 months on video on movie maker and delete all the work and save the file by mistake , the files and the movie maker save file in external hard disk , when i check on this :

my external was not checked , and i did it now , i used ShadowExplorer but the external always empty i dont now y , I CRASHED my keybord .

can you do any thing to help me please ?

sorry for my bad english

Answer:Need help to recover files

Hello Snake,

Since you have the Vista Home Premium edition, you will not have the Previous Versions available. You can see if the free program Recuva can help you recover the files if it has not already been to late to do so.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

4 more replies
Relevance 43.05%
Question: recover files

i have a fried who's laptop crashed "windows vista" and cannot get important photos and files how can they get the important stuff they had in the laptop i have a dos boot disc but really don't know how to recover files with it and if i did how would i get them off the laptop and on to a usb flash drive or cd?

Answer:recover files

ok since you have the dos boot disc your in good shape, first pop in the boot disc and follow the instructions on the DOS boot disc. then once you get into dos and get at the command prompt then type in the following codes, after you plug in the USB Drive.1.xcopy C:\(were ever the files were located) E:\2.(you may see a confirmation asking about this and if you see this then type y)3.(after it finishes copying, wait a min or two and then unplug the Flash Drive)this should work, but if you have any probs then plz dont hesistate to reply back.

8 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

Hi,

I have CD. But today I cant read the files on it. The content of CD is very important for me.
How to recover data from CD?

Thanks
 

Answer:How to recover CD files?

The CD may be OK, but the drive may not be. Try it in a different computer first.
 

3 more replies
Relevance 43.05%
Question: Recover files ..

Hi,

A colleague of mine accidentally deleted some important Excel files. But when we looked into Recycle bin, we were unable to locate those deleted files . She is positive that she did a soft delete.

Where can we locate those files? Why we were unable to see those files in recycle bin? Please let me know.

Many thanks in advance,

Mighty

Answer:Recover files ..

Try this program it's free. http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/uk/download.htm

Hope this helps,

Chris

1 more replies
Relevance 43.05%
Question: recover files

I had to get a restore disc and restore my computer. It went to my external HD and put a partition in it before I realized it went to the wrong HD. now my external HD only shows 3.19gig when it's a 160gig. I also have some files that are very important to me on that HD. Can you help me so I can get use of the whole 160gig and get the files that's on the other side of the partition.P.S. It was a restore disc from Gateway. It is Windows XP media center. The disc makes a restore partition which is what it did before I unplugged my external HD. yet the rest of the HD don't show just the 3.19 gig that was partitioned. The rest of the 160 gigs don't even show that it's there.

Answer:recover files

So, from what I understand, you restored windows xp onto your external hard drive? Am I reading you right?If so, you could try PCinspector Data Recovery to see if your data is still there. This program can find certain files and partitions after deletions, formats, and repartitioning.

1 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

I have a HP media center PC and I recently had to do a system recovery on it because it was infected by a virus disguised as svchost.exe. I am having trouble recovering my documents however as the recovery wizard did not work. The users on the computer with a limited account's files are still on the computer under C:\Documents and Settings but the administrators documents are not accesible. Please can someone help me!
 

Answer:Can't recover my files

10 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

As you know, this was "advertised" in the latest TS Newsletter.
It seems too good to be true, no doubt members have tried it, comments please.
It's compatible with XP, so that's a big thing going for it for a start!, it works with FAT file systems, [whatever they are, also NTFS. deals with viruses, system shutdown & software failures.
Most of you know me, "Doubting Thomas" so, would I get on with it??,....I can hear Howard champing at the bit! [amongst others]

Maurice
 

More replies
Relevance 43.05%

Hello,
My daughters HP laptop will not operate. I'm sorry, I have few details. I realize this makes assistance difficult. She needs stored files for school.She has been told her files can be recovered for 100.00 to 150.00.
I would like to recover them myself. I have heard of external hard drives, with USB connectors. Would it be possible to purchase a type of external mechanism, insert the HDD from my daughters laptop, connect thru USB to a second PC and read (assuming it's readable) the HDD and then save the files. Or alternatively, use a file recovery program on the second PC to retrieve data from the HDD on external mechanism? or does an external hard drive operate like a CD burner with room for two hdd's, its own and another?

Please excuse my naivete and lack of detail. All the detail I can provide.Many thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide!
Al
 

Answer:need to recover files from HDD

7 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

Hi everyone/anyone.
I am trying to open one of many word files on a 3.5 floppy disc, and am getting the message "You do not have access to the folder 'A:\'. See your administrator for access to this folder". That is the message i get when i try and open it through word. If I try and access the disc through windows explorer, I get a message that the disc is not formatted. The same messages were appearing on my girlfriend's computer, so i am guessing that there is a pretty major problem with the actual disc. I am aware that i am probably out of luck on this one, but would love to get a second opinion, if only so i know for sure that i have lost the files on this disc, and don't keep trying to recover them all night...
Would love even a short reply if anyone has any suggestions or advice.
Regards, Kym.
 

Answer:can i recover my files?

Try using File Recovery Pro. It has save me on several occasions.
Good Luck!
Dss
 

1 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

I have an old HDD from a laptop. I got hold of a cable that lets me access the files and that is no problem. Now I have found out that some of the files I want are in the Recycle Bin on the old HDD (my partners idea of keeping them safe I tend not to ask ). So far I have:

1. Tried explorer to $Recycle.bin - It shows no files.
2. CMD to $Recycle.bin - but when I try to copy for access a directory within it says Access Denined.

Any help would be great.
 

Answer:Recover files from old HDD

Hi

Which Windows Version and Service Pack are you using and what did the old HDD use?

What you likely need to do is to unhide the system files as the folder you would be looking for is called Recycler and to do this click My Computer > Tools > Folder Options > View then in the list tick Show Hidden Files and Folders and untick Hide protected operating system files (recommended) and click Apply.

Then in the root of the drive you should see a Folder named like this $RECYCLE.BIN open it up and you may also see files named like this S-1-5-21-3750332192-2349829548-720702053-1004 and to access then you will have to take Ownership of files and folders, suing the below


XP Instructions I have listed and only with you mentioning OLD HDD

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

Then that should give you access to those folders.
 

4 more replies
Relevance 43.05%
Question: recover files

i want to recover files from a hard drive.the problem am having is, when i connect the hard drive as a slave, my pc would not detect it.And i know the best way to recover files from a crashed hard drive is to connect the hard drive as a slave and use a software like recover my file to recover any kind of file one wants to recover. but in a case where when you connect the hard drive as a slave and the pc cant see the hard drive, how do i recover files. i know of a method in which you get the same hard drive, i mean getting the same kind of hard drive as the spoil one, you open the bad one, remove some things in the bad one and replace them in the new hard drive bla bla bla..the problem is am not familiar with this method, any body with an idea..............
 

Answer:recover files

Is the Master drive actually set for Master? Some drives (I think WD, in particular) have separate settings for Single (or only) and for Master.
 

3 more replies
Relevance 43.05%
Question: Recover My Files

Quite a while ago I did a recovery on an older hard drive that crashed but I'm not sure how to open the pictures. Is it possible?
 

Answer:Recover My Files

By the look of these recovered files they don't have either a meaningful name or an file extension. The only way to see if they contain anything of value is to use a program that can view different file types based on recognizing the file header. I suggest you download Explorer View for Windows Explorer, from http://www.explorerview.com. This program plugs into Winodws Explorer and will allow you to view the contents of the files, either by the recognized file header or as text or hex.

Good luck.
 

1 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

Hi there , So in like 2014 I used to play a game and now I am playing it , I would like to get those 2014 files to get the older version of the game as in the file there will be a .fp file. I would like to get that .fp file of 2014 , Today I have the latest updated files of the game , Is there somehow I can get a very old version of the file so I can get that file to get the older version of the game? I tried right click on the .fp and click properties and prevous versions but i am only getting the game old file of 2015's summer. I really want that 2014 .fp file to play an older version of the game. Thanks alot!!

Answer:How can I recover old files?

WindowsLoooveer said:

Hi there , So in like 2014 I used to play a game and now I am playing it , I would like to get those 2014 files to get the older version of the game as in the file there will be a .fp file. I would like to get that .fp file of 2014 , Today I have the latest updated files of the game , Is there somehow I can get a very old version of the file so I can get that file to get the older version of the game? I tried right click on the .fp and click properties and prevous versions but i am only getting the game old file of 2015's summer. I really want that 2014 .fp file to play an older version of the game. Thanks alot!!



Do you still have the CD/DVD for the 2014 version? If so, you could re-install it but I'd do a Custom install so as to choose a different Folder or you'd risk over-writing what is already installed. Frequently minor or major changes to newer versions of a program will prevent using older files with it.

5 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

Something happened to a HDD I have and all I was getting was restarts and errors on startup. I tried removing and replacing hardware until I replaced the HDD and the problems went away. So, the HDD was the problem. I formatted and reinstalled WinXP on it a couple times thinking that would solve the problem, but it didn't.

I bought a new HDD and everything is working fine now, but I'd like to recover some files on the old HDD. What programs are available to get these back (or are there any)?

Thanks in advance,

Chris
 

Answer:How to recover files on bad HDD

If you formatted the old hard drive "a couple" of times you are pretty much out of luck in recovering anything on it. There are companies that have ways to recover data from a bad hard drive but it is very expensive. If you had installed the old hard drive as a slave and after getting the new one set up you could have possibly gotten the data.
 

2 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

Hello gurus,

I have an external hard drive, attached via USB, that I have stupidly removed the Super block (Deleted the partition). Basically, I tried to install Ubuntu and I deleted the partition. Very stupid and rookie mistake, and I wasn't on drugs.

Now I'm trying to recover the data, the drive has not been formatted. I have extracted the image to another hard drive an I retrieved some of the files out of it, but I still can't get all the data. Also, some of the files that I managed to restore have the I-node name instead of the file name and some are corrupted or missing.

Here is some more info:

From the "fdisk -l" output, notice it is not showing the partition's name:

# fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sdc: 40.0 GB, 40020663808 bytes
64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 38166 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 2048 * 512 = 1048576 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x01bfa9fd

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System

# mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdc /mnt
NTFS signature is missing.
Failed to mount '/dev/sdc': Invalid argument
The device '/dev/sdc' doesn't seem to have a valid NTFS.
Maybe the wrong device is used? Or the whole disk instead of a
partition (e.g. /dev/sda, not /dev/sda1)? Or the other way around?

# file image
image: x86 boot sector, Microsoft Windows XP MBR, Serial 0x1bfa9fd, code off... Read more

Answer:Need help to recover files

Greetings Sam and welcome to the MG support forums. I can't tell you how many dumb mistakes I have made in linux. It's how we learn.
Give RIP Linux a try:




Recovery Is Possible (RIP) is a Slackware-based CD or floppy boot/rescue/backup/maintenance system. It has support for a lot of filesystem types (Reiserfs, Reiser4, ext2/3, iso9660, UDF, XFS, JFS, UFS, HPFS, HFS, MINIX, MS DOS, NTFS, and VFAT) and contains a bunch of utilities for system recovery. It also has IDE/SCSI/SATA, PCMCIA, RAID, LVM2, and Ethernet/DSL/cable/PPP/PPPOE network support.Click to expand...

Rip Linux Distro Watch

Good Luck and all the best,

Ian
 

3 more replies
Relevance 43.05%
Question: help recover files

Hi,

I've erased file accidentally and I need to restore it by now. There is much soft now for that purpose, but I wish to use the most reliable one, as the file is important for me. What can you recommend? OS XP, NTFS

Answer:help recover files

[email protected] Undelete will help. Tool is powerful, helped me much before. It's last version also allows to boot form it's bootdisk if OS is offline.
http://www.active-undelete.com/winpe_screens.htm

1 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

Does anyone know if there is a way to recover files after you reformatted the harddrive. both formatts were XP
 

Answer:HELP -recover files-

White Canyon has software that will do that, I forget what's it called ... "recover my files" or "recover my harddriver" or something like that.
 

1 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

I have a dell dimension 2400 pc with celeron 2.2 ghz processor, 250gb hd(western digital caviar se) and windows xp os. when i start it, it starts so slow and wont go forward to the password log on screen but will keep a blank screen. i simply wanted to get my files and moved my hard drive to a usb hard drive case. drive e: (which is the usb drive) can be accessed but cant go to my documents which is located in the user folders where access is denied. I NEED HELP!!!

Answer:recover files... help

tried logging-in in safe mode?

1 more replies
Relevance 43.05%
Question: recover files

is there a program to recover files such as pictures or video that has been deleted by mistake ?
o/s is xp
 

Answer:recover files

http://www.webattack.com/Freeware/system/fwdatarecovery.shtml

and have seen similar on other free software sites
 

1 more replies
Relevance 43.05%
Question: recover .chk files

Dear All, inexplicably my Western Digital external hard drive has converted all of my mp3 and jpg and raw files to file(number).chk files. I understand that this is something to do with the scandisk process, but can anyone help in directing me to a piece of software that can be used to return them back to their old state ?

Answer:recover .chk files

First try simply renaming (only) one of them to the correct extension - then try and open it.If you can't then I suspect you won't recover any of them. If you can, then you can rename them all back.There is a good bulk renaming program I use called click hereHowever my suspicion is that all is lost - sorry. .chk files are usually just file fragments, due to corruption.

1 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

So recently my computer had some problems and, long story short, windows 7 doesnt run at all. the computer boots up with the VAIO logo, and from there you can access your restore options, or wait until the windows logo comes up and access a few other boot options which all do nothing to help. After that, you get the option to boot in safe mode or regular mode, but regardless it leads to a light black screen with only a mouse cursor. As far as i know, my only option is to restore. however, the main problem is that i dont want to lose all the data on my computer. so i am trying to use an external harddrive that i have just bought and the rescue data option of the system restore to back up my hard drive before i start the restore. The drive i just bought though, the my book essentials, will not allow any data to be backed up to it, although the program will back up to my flash drive. There is an option to install a driver for your external drive with the rescue data option, but it wont load the .inf file on the drive. ive tried transfering it onto my flash drive using a different computer, and running it there, but it still wont read the file. Is there a little linux based program i could potentially put on my flash drive and use to back up my files? Or any other ideas you guys can come up with? thanks for your help

Answer:Trying to recover my pc files

One of the best web sites I have found so far that has apps for doing just about anything is http://sourceforge.net/directory/Most of the Apps here are free and you will find a good source of linux based programs as well.By the way, the repair option in Windows 7 does not install a new partition, so therefore it does not erase your original installation, it only repairs the files windows needs to boot and function properly so the computer will boot successfully into Windows.Bruce.

1 more replies
Relevance 43.05%

For a couple of days ago my 80gb hdd wouldn't work anymore. It said: D:\ Is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. So i used Hdd Regenerator to remove bad sectors which took a very long time.
My file system is unknown, but i used to have FAT32. It looks like my hdd has recovered, but now it says: The disk in drive D is not formatted. Do you want to format it know? I know that my stuff is still in that hdd. But how can i get it out? And what should i do?
I use windows 2000.
 

Answer:Recover files from hdd.

is that D: a separate disk or a partition?
I've used HDDRegen a few times myself, and it is a non-destructive program with a great rate of success (unless the harddisk was destroyed already).
Have you tried chkdsk /r?
 

2 more replies
Relevance 43.05%
Question: Recover files

Hi,

I have just had to purchase a new hard drive due to an issue with my old one not booting up (reached the boot screen then froze).

Unfortunately, there are a lot of pics and work documents in the 'My Documents' folder on the faulty hard drive, but the account in which they were stored was under password protection.

Is their any way i can recover these files?

I can actualy acess the files and folders, although when i attempt to copy them or view the 'My Pics' folder, it says acess denied.

Thanks

Chris
 

Answer:Recover files

7 more replies
Relevance 43.05%
Question: Recover Files?

Okay. I reinstalled Windows XP Pro today, and somewhere along the way, Windows reformatted my drive that I had everything backed up on. Games, MP3s, and most importantly, research papers that are due in a couple of weeks were all there. Is there any possible way to get these files back? I've heard of people doing this type of thing before.
 

Answer:Recover Files?

6 more replies