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I accidentally reformatted document drive. Need help recovering files

Question: I accidentally reformatted document drive. Need help recovering files

I accidentally reformatted the document drive on a customer computer. I right click the drive and selected format. I meant to do so on another drive

I need software to recover her files. Most of my old recovery software software don't work on windows 7. They were for xp

Recover my files is crashing for some reason and Ontrack easy recovery disappears when I hit save the results

Help please

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Preferred Solution: I accidentally reformatted document drive. Need help recovering 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 (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: I accidentally reformatted document drive. Need help recovering files

Have you tried Recuva?

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Hi, Windows7Guy2012 here. Long story short, I accidentally reformatted my pc a couple days ago. The first thing I tried to do, was to use the emergency backup. That restored a couple of the files but not most of them that I wanted. Particularly, the midis.

So then I tried EASEUS and that worked pretty well for most stuff. But it still couldn't locate some of the files I wanted. I was able to recover most of the midis, however, for some reason the recovered files are unplayable. Can someone tell why this is?

I also study Japanese and have this program called JWPCE. It saves files in ".jce" format. EASEUS has not been able to find or recover these.

I also wanted to recover my Firefox bookmarks and have not been able to find them.

So should I just give up on recovering this stuff? Or is there a better solution?

Answer:Accidentally reformatted, having problems recovering files

Hello and welcome to SevenForums.

I'm not sure what actually happened here.
I think you'll need to clearly detail this for the experts here to best help you.

Some questions that would help...

What did you do to reformat the PC?
Did you reformat the partition/drive with the operating system ( C: )?
What did you do for the "emergency backup"?
Do you have your data on a different partition/drive from the OS, such as "D:" ?
Is that what you reformatted?
Are you booting the PC from the reformatted drive/partition, or did you attach the drive to another PC to work on this?

You may still be able to recover more files, but it might cost $...
If you are using the PC where the data is in an "active" partition/drive, the more you use it, the more chance of over-writing the data and losing it.


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Ok folks I accidentally reformatted my 3 TB drive with the USB drive formatter(dont ask how I did that)
I used EASUS recovery program, I utilized the middle setting but the files came up as lost files in no particular order. Is the any program out there where I can just reverse the format that I did and recover my files in their original file structure?
I now have the EASUS Partition recovery doing a scan,,,,,maybe it wil set my file structure back up the way it was.
I however have all my image files recovered but they are in a "lost files" folder and are just listed willy nilly. and there is 400 gigabytes of those to peruse sux
I have yet to write any data on that HD and I refuse to until I can get this straightened up....too bad there isn't a program that just reverses the reformat mistake I made

Answer:Help! accidentally reformatted external drive!Need good file recovery!

No, no such program exists. Give Recuva a try. I've had good success with it.

If that doesn't do it then you would need to contact a professional data recovery firm which is not cheap.

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I seem to have deleted some files and it wasn't until after I had backed them up i realised my stupid mistake. Is there a way to recover them?
I have the Win 10 Anniversary Update which I quite like and there are no problems there

Answer:Recovering accidentally deleted files in Win10

Hi Welcome to Windows Central! You might give Recuva a try There are better programs but they aren't free! If you need more help, please join the forum Here Recuva - Free Download - Piriform

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I am facing two different complications with external usb's

Problem 1: Hardware (?)
This usb IS recognized and mounts - however, the files on it are damaged - possibly because of hardware erosion...
I think ddrescue and safecopy are supposed to be good programs for this type of failure, but I do not know how to use them

Problem 2: Software (?)
This usb is recognized in the device manager, but not in the My Computer (so it doesn't mount). I think I can reformat the usb to make it functional again, but before I do that, I want to recover whatever files are on the drives

Any guide on how i can resolve these two issues?

Answer:Recovering files from a damaged drive and recovering files from an unrecognized driv

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Can anyone help???

I was working on a major report I received via email for work and didn't realise I was saving it in the temporary internet files and I need to recover it....can someone help me, I am desperate?????

Answer:I need a word document I accidentally saved in temporary internet files

Hi Elise. . .


If possible, go to the email and download it again and save it to your documents folder.

All files that are downloaded first go to the temorary storage area then are copied out to your chosen location. How do you know it is "stuck" in the temp IE file area?

What is the path (if known - like c:\users\<user name>\appdata\local\microsoft\windows\temporary internet files) and what is the name of the file?

Regards. . .



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Recently, about a couple of weeks ago, my computer picked up a virus that was able to get past my security program and started to attack my operation system directly, forcing me to use the System Recovery feature on it to start over from square one. When I thought I had just about everything back into shape, although I had to learn about the administrator feature for the first time, when I went to the Documents and Settings and tried to open the folder that supposed held the documents I can use to restore them back, yet I keep getting a pop up saying access is denied. When I check it, it says that there is nothing in there, yet when I use Microsoft Security Essential to take a look, it shows that there are still files in there, and yet I get the same message when I try to delete it, move it to another folder or try to make it readable. Is there any other way I can convert the folder to my current settings or do I need to go to a specialist who can extract the data from the hard drive itself?

Answer:Recovering My Document files after using System Recovery

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My laptop is ASUS X450LD which came with Windows 8.1. I was installing Arch Linux and during the process because I didn't know what the EFI system partition was, I reformatted it and created a new one. I didn't touch the other partitions and so I still have the Recovery and the Restore partition.

If memory serves, I can use a recovery disk to bring back windows' boot. So how can I make a recovery disk from linux? Can I use another laptop's (and another brand's) recovery disk? Can I copy the recovery partition and make a recovery disk in another Windows machine?

Is there another way to create/recover a windows boot?

Answer:I accidentally reformatted my EFI system partition

Is there another way to create/recover a windows boot?

Yes. RTFM! That is, read the manual for your notebook, starting around page 91.

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They shouldn't make it so easy to refomat your SD card while it's in the camera but it happened. It's a Canon Powershot SD1100 IS.

Now, I know all about recovering things that are lost but I seem to have run into a bit of a roadbump here. The SD card does not show up when I plug it into my card reader. Okay fine, so I decided to put the card back into the camera and plug it in VIA USB to run Recuva on it via that way - sadly the only thing that shows up is "Portable Media Device" and Recuva can't see that because it doesn't have a drive letter assigned to it, BUT it doesn't show up in Disk Management EITHER.

I really want to get these pictures back so I'm really willing to try anything right about now to get these pictures back.

Answer:Accidentally reformatted SD card IN camera.

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im trying to recover from a hd that was reformatted and had vista reinstalled on it... nothing else has been done to it.

can someone help me please. do i need to scan it from another computer? if so how do i connect them so that the second computer will see the laptop as an hd?


Answer:recovering a reformatted hd

You could use a bootable live cd to recover the data or partitions, i would recommend Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT), download it and burn the iso image to a cd, then boot up from the cd.

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So here's my situation. I decided to restore an old Dell laptop to its factory settings, so I backed up personal files from it onto a DVD. So, once it reformats and upon going through all the setup stuff, Dell asks me if I want to setup this feature called "Easy Transfer". Unwittingly, I decide to do it because I want to immediately put all the files I had backed up back onto the computer. I pop the backup DVD into the drive, an then I quickly realize that it's reformatting the DVD, so I cancel it.I look at the DVD drive and it says 314MB of 4.38GB, like it originally did. But when I open the DVD, there are no files on it. I checked another computer and the same thing happens. Have these files been permanently deleted, or is there some way for me to recover them? (I tried Recuva but it says there's no disk in the drive.)

Answer:Accidentally reformatted my DVD; disk still shows it's full

Give me the EXACT details of the DVD, RW? Size?Open Control Panel > Folder Options or My Computer or Windows Explorer > Tools > Folder OptionsTick > Show hidden files and folders. Also uncheck > Hide protected operating system files. Click > Apply & OK.Now an Advanced search will find them.How to see hidden files in Windows

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Dear all,

I am a novice at trying to backing up my files and data before my hard drive crashes but guess what, I am here to say that my hard drive has crashed and I cannot do that now. I get an error message : <Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe

which means I have to either reinstall my Windows XP (which I hope works and I still have to find) or reformat my computer.

My question is: how can I save the files on my hard drive manually since my computer technically won't get past this error message?

Please let me know asap.



Answer:Hard drive to be Reformatted but need to save data and files first

Read How to recover your folders/files when Windows won?t boot

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Hi, guys.I know that this question has been asked before but I', using a relative's PC in New Zealande arther than my own computer at home - which I must admit is a Mac!I've downlaoded a couple of suggested photo recovery apps but which drive should I be searching for? I'm afraid I am too used to the rather more intuitive Mac structure, which would just list the camera name rather than a j: drive or whatever...Any help appreciated, and apologies for the lack of Windows expertise!Thanks,Simon

Answer:Recovering reformatted photos from camera card

I am not sure if this will work on a Mac, but worth a try ... this is a direct download of a small program that most definitely does recover deleted pics from any card or here

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A couple of years ago I asked MSN support what files I should backup so that if I lost my hard drive I'd be able to recover my emails. They told me ".pst, .mbx, .dbx and .pab" files. About a month ago my PC died and I had to reformat the hard drive. I've been unable to import the saved files into OE or Netscape Communicator and retrieve the emails. I've read a few posting from the Email TSG category and it looks like I should have done more in order to backup my email. Most of the existing postings were for people who were transferring between two existing (and functional) PC's. I wish I knew about this site back then. Any suggestions?

These emails really mean a lot to me. Tons of corresspondence with my family including my 73 yr old Father trying to figure out email for the first time.

Answer:[SOLVED] Saved OE and Hotmail files to reformatted Hard Drive.

As long as you saved FOLDERS.DBX then any (sub)folders under that inbox.dbx etc. you should have no problems getting them back into OE. Just make sure if you've copied them back to HD from CD or ZIP to remove the Read Only attribute from them. Open OE\File\Import|Messages\point it to the correct files. If you cannot Import hope is still not lost get this program DBXTract It was made just for this purpose. Post back one way or the other!!
For more on Backup and Restore in OE go here Inside OE-Backup

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Last year I discovered a problem with Google Drive, which is documented below:
There are several problems, but the biggest one is that when you're organizing your files (moving them from folder to folder) they may be deleted instead...  Not good.  If you restore them, their sharing settings may or may not remain intact.  Also not good!  If you use the service as a cloud backup, you may never even know you (or your clients or organization) have lost things...  Double plus not good.
I'm happy to say I'm 40% sure I recovered most of my important files - but with thousands of files, pictures, and settings, how would you ever be sure?
Learn from my mistakes (which technically weren't mistakes) and research.

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Okay, first, I will explain how I did this. I had two hard drives, a C and D drive. I installed windows on my D drive, but when I did, it put the files normally in the root of the drive (NTLDR, boot.ini, and whatever the others were) in the C drive, but no other files! well, I was wondering why it did this, and I unplugged my C drive from within my computer, tried to boot, and of course, it would not boot. so I plugged it back in, and it is saying the NTLDR is missing. is there a way I can create the NTLDR, boot.ini, and other files that are crucial to XP that normally sit in the root (C:\, D:\, etc) of the hard drive, preferably without formatting?

Answer:Accidentally got rid of system files in root of drive, whoops!

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Help. I accidentally deleted an image but can't find it now. Have windows 98 se, norton protected recycle bin, and ACDsee image editing. I have a copy in ms publisher but can't move it to a file. How do I retrieve my image if I can't find it in the recycle bin or at least it doesn't appear to be there.


Answer:Solved: recovering accidentally deleted image

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I have an older HP and the computer wont boot up (the monitor is black). Before the black screen, the XP boot up screen had frozen up. I need some hard drive files from the older HP to put on my new computer. What process can i use to extract files from the non functioning computer hard drive, when i cant get the HP to boot up? Any advise?

Answer:recovering hard drive files

The safest method to accomplish this would be to hook up the old HDD as a slave drive in your other machine and retrieve the files that way.Pay attention that you get the jumper settings correct on the hard drive and make sure the BIOS sees it on boot up.

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my old xp hard drive was uber slow so i upgraded to a new one with a new xp install

Now i need my files off my old windows xp hard drive but it won't let me access my files saying ACCESS IS DENIED

is there any way to get those dang files

Answer:recovering files from old xp Hard Drive

you can try taking ownership of the files/folders

How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP

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What is the best and cheapest software to recover files from a formatted usb hard drive (WD Elements)

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Hi there guys,

My mate just gave me an old hard drive and asked if i could recover the files off it.

The hard drive is a Seagate ST35 | A/X, Amstrad 40Mb. [IDE]

Now when I connect it to my computer to try to start my Windows, I get this error:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

Now this never happens without the old hard drive plugged in. And I'm not unplugging anything else to put this hard drive in.

I looked in my system32 folder and hall.dll is there.

Any help would be good, cheers.

Answer:Recovering Files off Old Hard Drive

Error message: "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem"


Error message 3
Winnt_root\System32\Hal.dll missing or corrupt:

Please re-install a copy of the above file.

Missing Hal.dll - Missing Or Corrupt Hal.dll Error Message in Windows XP - Fix Hal.dll

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Following a crash I replaced C drive with my usb drive and reinstalled windows XP Pro. The old C drive was then housed in an external usb case. The system recognises the usb drive, the icon appears on "My Computer" If I try to access it I get "D:\ is not accessible. Error performing inpage operation". I have tried Tesk Disk and Drive Rescue but both fail to yeild any results. I am convinced that the problem lies in the master boot record or similar type of file, and the data really is there to be recovered. Any ideas for gaining access to the drive?

Answer:Recovering Files from "Dead" usb drive

Tesk Disk and Drive Rescue but both fail to yeild any resultsThis is because both programs struggle when using a USB the drive internally in the PC as a slave drive, and rerun the programs.

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I don't know what happened. I had a lot of school stuff on my jump drive (approx. 30 word docs and 20 powerpoints, one of which is due tomorrow) and I was cleaning my jump drive and I told it to delete the folder "documents" (completely empty) and instead it deleted "School Stuff"

I have a San Disk icro 2 gig drive....idk the model or w/e but it's black and the connection thing slides out....

PLEASE HELP ME! I'm in hell right now, finished the 40 slide powerpoint after a couple hours of work and it's gone!

I tried 2 different undelete programs (winundelete and one by the same people as ccleaner) and they could "recover" the files, but powerpoint couldnt read them (I have 2007)

And winundelete can't even find another document that I've been working on for weeks....

Please help, I'm about to cry while sh*ting a brick!

Answer:Need help recovering dleted files from USB drive!

You could try this one:

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I have 2 computers. A laptop and a desktop. I also connect a 250GB Western Digital external hard drive to it full of my programs, pictures etc. I recently reformated my desktop and I started installing programs to it via the external hard drive. I went out for a few hours and I tried to open my external hard drive folders but when I clicked on the drive, it said that the directory or drive is corrupt and unreadable. I really need these files but I don't know what to do... The very last thing I did was install Alcohol 120% from my external to the desktop and I resatrted the computer then I left the house. When I came back, it gave me these problems. Anyone have any idea on what I can do to save them or get the files back??

Answer:I need help recovering files from a corrupted drive

There are many recovery programs out there, unfortunately I've never found any free ones. Go to and do a search on file recovery.

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Earlier today, I tried to upgrade my computer to Windows 7 from Vista and ended up in an endless reboot loop when the installation failed. The normal fixes didn't work, so now I'm looking at having to do a clean install. Before proceeding, I tried to recover files from my hard drive by hooking it up as a slave drive to another computer. Problem is, I can't access any of my personal files (documents, music, etc). I assumed this was because my vista account was password protected, but changing ownership of the drive and all subfolders didn't help. As it is, the correct amount of space is occupied on the drive, making me believe that the files are still there, and all of the subfolders are where they should be, but the folders appear empty. Does anyone know what the problem could be? The computer that I'm working from (and have the slave drive hooked up to) runs Windows 7

Answer:Recovering files from slave drive?

Do you have the original Vista Disc and did you try a repair from that? (Of course if you can access your files in any way and have not yet, definately back them up first) If you can repair Vista OR do a safe boot right from the Vista disc and save your files, then a format/clean install would probably be best. And make sure you have all of your install media handy to reinstall everything else.

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This follows on from my recent thread 'no video input signal'. click here As my wife needs a PC to do her school work, we have purchased a new Hewlett Packard PC, which I am in the process of setting up.In the now defunct PC, on the hard drive, are a number of files which my wife needs, but were not backed-up before the PC died. What is the best way to transfer these files and her email address book etc from the hard drive to the new PC? As far as I know the hard drive is not damaged only the motherboard.

Answer:Recovering files from a hard drive.

You could add the hard drive as a Slave, then move the f8iles over.Or, place the drive in a USB Enclosure to do the here

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I recently reformatted my computer and backed all of my files up on my iPod before hand, however, before I had a chance to put them back on my computer my iPod ended up going through the wash. I've been told PC Inspector File Recovery ( ) is my best bet. However, the site doesn't give very detailed descriptions expect do not install on the drive you want to recover things from.

So what exactly do I do? Or is there a better program out there to help me recover my files?

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Hi All,
I have a 160Gb SATA disk which used to be the first disk in a RAID jbod 320Gb drive. the second drive has failed so I've connected the first drisk to a new system as drive "E" The new system recognises the drive but will not display the contents as it thinks the drive is not formatted. Any ideas on how I can to the data on the disk??

The new system is a Phenom 9950 Quad core, Win XP pro x64

Many thanks,

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I recently purchased a cheap hard drive enclosure to house a drive from an old machine. The drive had previously lived in an Icy Box enclosure and had worked fine. Unfortunately the power supply for the Icy Box gave up and now I have bought this replacement.

When I started it up, the drive was recognised but without any of the files that were previously there. I have downloaded Pandora Recovery from Cnet and tried a deep scan. This has shown that the files are still there but crashes at about 1% of the scan.

Can anyone advise on any other freeware which can solve this issue.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Hard drive files need recovering

At this point... its a lost cause I would say, BUT!

You could always try making a mirror of the dead drive, and try to recover from that image... though not sure I would expect to recover the files

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I need help with recovering files from a hard drive with Windows 98 as the OS. This computer was my mom's old one. I moved the "My Documents" folder to a new computer for her by using the cut and paste method to a USB flash drive. I then moved the contents from the flash drive onto a new computer with Windows Vista. I deleted the files from the flash drive to let her use it for other purposes. So far so good. Then this:

1. The new computer had a problem with the power hardware and was sent back to the factory for repair.
2. Received the computer back with a reformatted hard drive (data not there).
3. Mom did not want to deal with Vista, so I swapped her computer with a new one that runs Windows XP.
4. The missing files contain medical history and vital pictures.
5. I live about 400 miles from my mom, so this is being worked on long distance.
6. She lives in a small town with very limited computer service support.

Here is my question. What is the best process to recover these files? I have the original hard drive here with me. I have Windows XP and Vista available on the computers at my house. I can also have the USB flash drive sent, but it would have to come via mail or UPS. Is there an issue with slaving a Windows 98 formatted drive to a Windows XP or Vista machine? Or should I take the extra time to have her send the flash drive and try to recover the files from it? And are there any special precautions to take when shipping a flash drive... Read more

Answer:Need Help Recovering Files From Hard Drive

First and foremost - don't do anything to any of the drives until you're ready to recover the data. Each and every access gives a greater risk of losing the data.

The original hard drive - does it still have the original files on it? If so, the best bet is to slave this drive to another system and transfer the files from it. You can either attach it to a free space on one of the cables on your current computer (with the proper jumper settings) - or you can get a drive enclosure to put it in and hook it up to a USB port on your system. Then it's just a matter of copying the files to your computer (and backing them up just-in-case to a CD).

Recovering deleted files is another story - and they're even more sensitive to the "more it's used, the more likely that the data is gone" theory. It takes special software and techniques - although there is some freeware than can recover some stuff for you.

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My friend gave me her PC to reinstall windows on for her because it was infected with a virus that was preventing her PC from booting up, but before I do that she said she wanted me to recover some pictures off of the hard drive, I told her no problem. But I wasn't thinking at the time, is it really as simple as hooking her hard drive up as a secondary to my computer, would that cause my hard drive to become infected? I use AVG as my anti virus program, would this prevent my computer from becoming infected if i just wanted to burn her pictures to a CD from my PC?

Hope my question is clear enough, any tips/advice would be appreciated, and I apologize for my ignorance but I'm not too familiar with computer viruses.

Answer:Recovering files off of infected hard drive

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So I am hoping there is a simple solution to this and that I am just overlooking or forgetting something.

I have an old PC that the Mobo died, I do not wish to get it functional again, just retrieve the data off the hard drive. I have a IDE to USB adapter and have hooked up the drive to another machine I have to copy the data. But the users on this drive, made there personal folders within windows private, C:Documents and Settings/(Username), and they show up as 0kb and when I try to access them it says I do not have the permission to access this file. How can I get around that? I have tried to boot from that drive but because the chipset is different, on my machine, windows will not boot. I have the usernames and passwords for the accounts that have the private folders but there doesn't seem to be a way to try and log in with that information.
Any help and ideas, would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Recovering protected files from an external drive

You must insure that your personal account is set as being an Administrator. Check the properties for your account. Then access the old hard drive and see if anything is in the source folders.

If you are an Administrator on the new system, and the Profile Folders on the old hard drive are still shown as empty, this means you were not Administrator on the old system and you cannot access other Profiles.

After you ensure you are an Administrator on your new system, try change the Security Properties for the entire old HD (you right-click the root folder on the old HD) and Add your new system User to that drive as an Administrator. Reboot and try to access the old HD again and check the Profiles.

The bottom line, you must be an Administrator on your old HD to access Profiles belonging to others.

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I have a hard drive that was accidentally formatted with the Sony recovery wizard and a complete reinstalled was performed.

Can you please tell me about a good program that I can use free or paid to recover the data of a formatted hard drive?

I used the recuva application and only found deleted files. I need to recover if possible all the docs, pictures, music files before the recovery took place.

Thank you in advance,


Answer:Needs help recovering files from formatted hard drive, Please

Well unfortunately when a Hard drive is formatted and then something is written over that it is very time consuming and expensive to recover and then you may only get half of your information back.

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I had to do an f11 restart on my HP laptop. I was given the option to save my files to an external hard drive(Seagate Expansion) which I did. However when I come to restore the files, they are not in an accessible format. There is a restore option on the drive and also on the desktop and neitherof these work. Theres a source file list on the Seagate(notebook file) which lists all of the files. Most of them are music files or photos.
Thanks for any help

Answer:Recovering files from external hard drive

I did a Google search and found this:
HP Notebook PCs - How to Restore Backup Files Created During the F11 Backup Procedure

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Anyone know of a good program for restoring files from a crashed hard drive.
I've already used Spinrite on the drive and can now access the drive. The bad news is some of my folders and files are now just a bunch of ascii characters. Is there a program that will allow me to recover these? This is a FAT32 formated drive of 120 Gb capacity.


Answer:Recovering files from crashed hard drive

This is great for some files. It knows over 80 types of files. I lost a drive and my main concern was pics. I used it to recover 1700 jpgs from a crashed hard drive. It also got various doc and odt files. I also recovered many mp3s and mpg clips.
Some of the mp3s are broken into smaller files, and I haven't looked thru them yet.
The mpg clips were large xvid files, so now I have many smaller clips, I could edit them together if I really wanted to.

It took about 6 hours to recover 45 GB of data from a disk.

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Greetings all,

First of all I would like to apologize should I be posting in the incorrect section(if so please some mod move this thread to the appropriate section)

So a few days ago my 750GB Hard drive in my Lenovo Y580 laptop failed (due to my setting it on sleep for a long time and taking the laptop with me outside for a prolonged amount of time)

When I got back home, I tried to turn on the laptop and I got 3 or 4 clicks("Click of death" I believe) so I bought a new 1TB Harddrive and used Lenovo recovery disks to get the laptop back to working order

Moving on, I bought a SATA to USB enclosure so that I might try to recover some files from my failed Harddrive, now the thing is, when I connect it, it doesn't give the click sounds anymore and it seems to read, however, here's the weird part, it only shows me the Lenovo recovery part of the drive

Here's how it looks like in my computer and disk management:

So my question is, what does the "OEM Partition" mean on my failed HDD(Disk 2)? and do you think it's possible to recover any data or does this mean all is lost? and if there is a chance of recovery how can I open up the part of the drive where the data was(which apparently in this case is the OEM paritition)

Right clicking on the OEM part only gives me the "Help" option

Best Regards,

Answer:Recovering files from a readable Hard drive.

Hi Raficoo,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

Without asking any questions - there are many I would like to ask - let me directly get into action.

Please download, install and run MiniTools Partition Wizard Free Edition 9. MiniTool Partition Manager Software for Windows PC and Server

Does the File System of the 654.69GB partition of your "old failed hard drive" show as NTFS in the disk list?

If yes, rightclick on it > Explore. Do you see the files? Close Partition Explorer.

Rightclick on it again > Unhide Partition. In the next screen assign a drive letter > OK

Two operations will be pending.

Click on APPLY in the top menu bar. When changes are completed > OK and then close Partition Wizard.

Can you see and read the drive now?

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Hello all,

I searched the site, but couldn't find anything directly about recovering files that have been deleted off of a USB Flash drive.

I've got a USB Lexar 256MB key chain drive. Any way to recover files off something like this? The drive is FAT.

Any way to recover files off something like this?



Answer:Recovering files off a USB Lexar Flash Drive

I can't help you directly, but a google search has revealed many possibilities, including paying $$$ to companies to do it for you.

Scroll down to about the 15th link and someone recovered theirs by using Linux.

Link is

Hope this at least gives you some alternative ideas.

A computer dealer advised me, quite strongly, not to save valuable files on USB memory sticks, but I have never had any problems with USB drives.

Main thing is to use the safely remove icon down by the time, bottom right.
I didn't use to bother but now use it as a matter of course.
PITA but it might help save a USB drive contents, in future. Bazza

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I have a 128mb flashdrive, I have used it once to back up pictures, but deleted them when I put them back on my pc. Is there any way to undelete on a flash drive? Preferably free software if not commercial. I have lost 6 months of photos because of a problem the other day and would really appreciate if someone knows how I can recover this from the flashdrive if its possible.


Answer:recovering deleted files of usb flash drive

I recommend using Final Data NT (but it's not free)
Other free software should work just fine, like UndeletePlus which
can be downloaded from MG's download section: "Data Recovery"

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Yep. I've committed the cardinal sin

It was Win98 and I installed Win2000 over the top of it. The drive was formatted as FAT during the installation process.

Is there any way that I can recover data that was previously stored on the drive? There are some Excel spreadsheets that I'd like to get back.

I found this while looking through the threads for previous instances.... PC Inspector.

Will it do a job for me?

Answer:Recovering Files From Formatted Hard Drive

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hi i have(now dead) 200 gb maxtor hd, i know i know bad disk to buy, now i know my brands, seagate all the way haha, ne ways i think the partition where xp installed got corrupted, and it wont let me do ne thing, it gave me that "your disk must be corrupted" warning when i booted up. Some pictures were on that partition, like wedding, prom, grad, and i was wondering, instead of formatting the whole drive, or even the partition, can i use like hard drive data recovery software like "Helix"? I came here to see if any body can help me out, or even show me an easier way, cuz from the looks of it Helix looks very confusing.

--thnx in advance

Answer:help recovering files of a dead hard drive


Not sure if you are in the uk, I have used this tool >>

You just plug the hard drive into it and the other end into a usb port on a pc and it shows up as an external hard drive. Depending on whether your hard drive is not completely gone.Then the data can just be taken off it. If its a sata drive they do one for that also

Another way is if you are putting a new hard drive in then put the bad one in as a slave drive then it wil do basically the same thing and show up as another drive and you should be able to access all your pics etc.

Data recovery tools are ok for accidentally formatted/totally shot drives etc but I would hope you wouldn't need to go that far

Hope it helps


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I have a 500GB laptop hard drive and I'm trying to instal it into my desktop long enough to get my music off of it. When I try to locate the files for the music they're not where I saved them and I can't seem to find them. Is there a way to locate the misc files without putting the hard drive back into the laptop?

Answer:Recovering files from a laptop hard drive

More than likely the reason for this is ownership on the HDD. You will need to change them so you can view all the files from another device. You just have to take ownership of the files. What OS you on?

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I pulled the hard drive out of a laptop and up it in a enclosure with USB access but i cant access the file under the user area of the hard drive. It say i don't have permission.

Answer:recovering files from laptop hard drive

Typically to access files on a HDD that is connected via USB it requires you to be logged into the computer as a administrator. Make sure the account you are login in on is an admin.

If this doesn't work, let us know.

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Well I thought I would finally get around to trying to recover files from a hard drive that crashed a few years ago. I opened up my computer tower that has a replaced hard drive which is the master boot. I put the crashed hard drive on the 2nd IDE connector to make the drive the slave drive. Plugged it into the power cable. With the manual I have it says to put the jumpers as cable select. Did that. Shut the case. Turned the computer back on and now it doesn't recognize either hard drive. So I took out the crashed hard drive and booted up again and all was well. Why didn't the computer boot up with a slave drive connected? Thanks.

Answer:Recovering files from crashed hard drive

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how can i recover files from a formatted hard drive, the laptop does not have a cd drive and has windows xp professional

Answer:recovering files from formatted hard drive

There are "special" dealers that can recover files for you, but it can be pricey.I can't think (off hand) of any program that may recover your files from a formatted drive.

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Recently, I've been having trouble with my flash drive. I was trying to converts some files on my drive, but I used another computer besides my own. While it was converting it said that some of my files were corrupt, which brings me to my first question. If files are corrupt can they be fixed?
Secondly, when I tried to open up some of my files, the names had changed from my orginal text to random numbers, and when I opened the file it pulled up a blank page like the document had never been written. It only did this to a few of my TEXT documents, not all of them. So my second question is, is there a system for recovering files on a flash dive? If so how and where do I find it?

Answer:Is there a system for recovering files on a flash drive?

provided you haven't overwritten the files, you need to use a file recovery program. There are many on the net, some better than others- there are also free ones.

To avoid file corruption on flash drives, do NOT hot-swap. Always stop the device before unplugging it.

NEVER store something on a flash drive that you cannot risk losing. Flash drives by their very nature are unreliable. They use static ram as a storage medium.

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I?ve got a 40gb hard drive. And I had partitioned the hard drive into 4 parts. On the C: drive I had the windows 2000 and on the D: drive I had winXP. And the D: drive was partitioned as NTFS and the rest 3 as Fat32. So I wanted to Format the D: drive and install windows XP again. I used windows 98 start-up disk and formatted the D: drive. When I restarted the windows I realised that I had formatted the E: drive instead. Because the start up disk doesn?t recognise NTFS format. I had important documents on the E: drive. Is there anyway I can get them files back using any software?s?Thanking the helpers in Advance

Answer:Recovering files from a formatted hard drive

click hereHope this helps ;-)

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Long story short, I went away for a few days (Grandfather was in hospital) and I hadn't paid my electric bill. They shut off power and when it came back on the power surge got to my computer hard drive.

I can still access my files, but the drive has errors which were fixed, but I've experienced frequent lockups, slowdowns, etc.

I bought a new 320GB SATA drive since everything else seemed okay. Even the power supply showed good voltage, but I decided to put it all in a new case anyway with a Raidmax 450watt PS.

I hooked up the old drive temporarily to save some files to the new drive, but one thing I can't figure out.. how can I get stuff off my old desktop? It says it cannot be accessed. Probably because my account had a password on it.

There isn't much on the desktop that I needed anyway, but I was programming some Atari 2600 games and I had some files there I believe, and a few graphics I'd like to have.

Answer:Recovering files off old hard drive's desktop..

I am assuming that you re-installed Windows fresh on the new drive, Yes?

Follow these directions to gain access back to your files:


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My sister was typing a paper in Word (the Office XP version) and accidentally saved over her original document because she forgot to change the file name. Is there a way to recover the original version? Thanks!

Answer:Accidentally saved over document in Word

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I desperately need to recover an accidentally overwritten document in microsoft office word 2010... OS Windows 7 x64

My settings were not set to make backups automatically.

is this possible?? If so, how?

pls pls pls help... I overwrote my notes and have a final exam coming up.... to last minute to get notes from others...

------->> Oh, and I found 2 files in my temporary files.... one is called "CVRA7A7.tmp"...... this document is a CVR file. It is 0 KB... but it was "last modified" at the EXACT moment that my I created the good version of my file... and the other is called 606F6m01. This file is 4.71 KB, but I don't know the file extention... it's from the path C:\Users\----\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\9mynpkl8.default\Cache\9\3A... but if I open it with wordpad, I get a jarbbled mess....

Is there a way to recover this???

pls help!

Answer:I need to recover an accidentally overwritten document!

I think that your file is wiped out forever. Sorry.

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Hi. Can anyone help me? I have an old 128k Lexar Jumpdrive USB drive and I am unable to recover files from it. I did try a program called Badcopy which did the job, but unless I paid up, the recovered files were not able to be made available. Does anyone know of a similar program but which is freeware?

If I try other similar programs they seem to stop half way through as they usually report "bad sectors" on flash drive and stop operating.

I do not know how to delete files from the drive as I suspect some tmp files may be causing the problem. Has anyone any idea how I can fix it.

I found a number of programs in addition to Badcopy that did the job, but unless you pay, even in a demo, you were unable to recover the files "processed" by the software. Also some times I get a Windows error message referring to an "I/O error"

So I am at a loss how to fix this. Any help would be most appreciated. I intend once I succeed in recovering the files on the flash drive to discard it. I now have a Cruzer Micro 1GB U3 flash drive and find this very good.

Thank you


Answer:Recovering Files from a 128k Lexar Jumpdrive USB Drive

Welcome to Major Geeks. One good thing that came from running BadCopy is at least you know the files are recoverable. There's several free tools here at Major Geeks and elsewhere:
Ultimate Data Recovery
TestDisk (I'm not sure if this supports USB drives)
PCInspector (works great!)
Smart Recovery

Of the above programs, I have only used PCInspector (many times) and TestDisk (once or twice) so I can't comment on the other two. But they're all free, so you really have nothing to lose.
Good luck! I hope this helps!

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I have a portable hard drive...basically a 3.5" laptop hard drive that I put into an enclosure with a USB connections. I've deleted some files that I'd like to recover so I've stopped using the drive for fear of overwriting my data. I have a copy of Hiren's Boot CD which has several programs that allow for data recovery....PhotoRec, DetDataBack, etc. All are pretty good programs.

Here's my problem.

The data I'm trying to recover is about 60 Gigs worth of data. I only have 40 Gigs of free space on the local hard drive where the USB drive is connected. I have plenty of space on a my network server BUT I can't seem to reach that drive when booting from Hiren's Boot CD. So, my question is...How do I recover data from this portable drive and save it to a network location? The recovery process would need to write the data to my network share in real-time.


Answer:How To Recovering Deleted Files From A Portable Hard Drive?

I'm unsure if the Hiren's boot cd has network access. If not, you've got 2 possibilites:
- recover the stuff in Windows so you have network access (you can get copies of most recovery programs that will work in Windows - but they may cost)
- recover 40 gb to the hard drive using Hiren's - then boot into Windows to transfer it to the network. Then boot back into Hiren's for the remaining 20 gb.

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I can no longer access my external hard drive after my laptop had gotten infected with the NTOSKRNL-HOOK trojan, but cannot tell if my external hard drive isn't working due to virus-, hardware- or software-related issues. It is important that I recover my research data from either my external hard drive or from my laptop's old hard drive that was damaged from the infection.

Dell's regular support line and their fee-based virus support group weren't able to distinguish whether my external hard drive had gotten infected during my laptop's infection or whether my external hard drive had some kind of mechanical or software error, and I was referred here by a technician from TechSupportForum's virus area.

Can someone tell me in which area of TechSupportForum I should post a more detailed question, or should I take my external hard drive to a local repair shop to recover my data?

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Long story short, I bumped my flash drive, it appears slightly bent but was no longer recognized in the computer. I had multiple places look at it and all said nothing is physically wrong with it. I found one place that said they could help me recover the files for a fee of $750. I have files application files saved on this that I was working on for medical school, the most important one, I lost about two essays, so I'm not sure how much I want to pay to recover these.

I found these files on my computer but they are all under the usb drive so when I pull them up, it says device not recognized. Is there any way parts of them have been saved in some form on my computer that I could recover?

I'm guessing not but I figured it wouldn't hurt to try. Also if anyone knows a data recovery place that doesn't charge so much money that would be great.

Answer:Flash Drive broken, recovering files via word?

Here's what I would do. Proceed at your own risk! The jack being 'slightly bent' has probably separated a solder joint that connects the chip (what ever is in there) from the jack. If you know a tech who 'solders' he can 'bust' it open, put a drop of solder on the break (or make a jumper), connect the device and get the data off, then thow it away...Not really a $750 job in my opinion.

Another option is to get a USB to USB connector cable, connect your device to the cable. Now start bending the jack on the device ever so slightly trying to make the broken joint make a connection. After each adustment plug the other end of the cable into the PC and see if it recoginizes. If not recognized, disconnect from the PC and try again.

You want to use the cable because the bending of the jack may damage the the USB connector on the PC and you don't want introduce a new issue. I've actually used this technique and once we had to hold the drive in place manually to keep the connection (may require more than two hands).

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ok, been working on a paper for the last 8 hours. Tried to save to my flash drive and it gave me some error.

It was something to the effect that it could not read the file from my flash drive so it couldnt save it. I chose to save to desktop instead, and when it tried to save to my desktop, it deleted the file that was on my jump drive and the file on my desktop looked like this "&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794;&#10794; ? ( &#7043;&#65535;&#65535;&#65535;&#7000; &#27538;&#1717;&#65535;&#65535; &#5126; &#5127; &#65535;&#65535; &a... Read more

Answer:Help recovering a document

had a similar thing happen to me during finals two weeks ago............guess what......I started over

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Hello, long time no visit! My daughter was in the middle of a college paper and the power went out.
We have Windows XP and are using Microsoft Works word processor.
Needless to say, she didn't have a chance to save the new changes to the document.
Is there any way to recover it, or is it completely lost?

Answer:Help recovering document!

Has she opened the Microsoft Works word processor since it happened?


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Ok so I had typed out and saved 3 seperate documetns in Microsoft Word. I needed to put it onto a cd to hand into my teacher. I went to the folder where I saved everything in and right-clicked and clicked cut (stupid mistake) I went into the CD drive and clicked paste. It said information might be lost, continue. I clicked yes. Nothing was copied to the CD. I tried to go back and paste it into the folder where it was and nothing got pasted back. I check the recycle bin, no files. I did a search for the files. ALL 4 FILES CAME UP BUT ONLY AS SHORT CUTS. When I clicked them it says file can't be found. I went into word and recent documents and saw all 4 documents, but when I clicked them it couldn't open it. It says it cannot find the file, but there's short cuts to them. I've checked google on how to recover lost files, but nothing has worked. I've tried 4 programs saying that they can find the files, but there's nothing. The thing is I'm not sure if all the saved stuff is still somewhere. Because when I clicked yes it said some information will be lost. Does this mean it's gone forever? Do I have to re-type everything again? I've tried but there was no Word recovery. Is there a way to recover my computer only a few hours ago to before I stupidly tried this? PLEASE I NEED HELP!!!!!!!


Name the 4 programs you had used.

My assumption is, either you're not using the data recovery software right or the ones you used are trial version.

In case **** happens, please enable hidden folder and system folders to be viewed.

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Hello...I have a HUGE problem. I hope there is a way to fix it
I opened an attachment through Windows Live Mail and started editing it. I saved it multiple times, but I can't find it anywhere. All I did was click the save button...not save as to save in a different location. Is there ANY way to get my 6 hours of work back? Please help!!!!

Answer:Recovering a document

make sure you have Windows Search 4.0 installed. then perform a search for the file.

XP :

Vista :

also a free file recovery program, Download Recuva 1.21.373 -

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my friend was using word and editing this really crucial document. he edits a few. and i came to it and he was shocked to see it was blank. i think possibly what he did was he had a few documents open and accidentally clicked save on a blank document instead of open and saved a blank page for the important document.

anyway, in the folder, there are all the temporarily created files(ending with .tmp) for another document, but none for this document. the document is blank.

is there any program where you can select the file, and you can see all the previous modifications?

like if document x contained the text "abcd" and was later edited to "xyz", would it be possible to recover the abcd file if you didnt know it contained abcd?

Answer:accidentally blanked a word document, can i recover it?


Nothing that I can think of will work...


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I use an Asus X50C laptop with Windows 7. At present everything is on C: Drive. I would like to move all documents, photos, videos, music etc. to D: Drive and arrange for future saved items to go into Drive automatically. How can I do this?

Answer:Moving document files C: to D: Drive

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Just recently I was hit with some sort of nasty malware that none of my detection software was able to detect (tried Norton, McAffee, Adaware pro, Spybot, AVG). This was causing my system to run well under speed. It was usable but terribly annoying. Finally I gave up and backed up all of my important files and used the transfer wizard on XP to my secondary hard drive. Then, I reformatted my C: drive and reinstalled XP home. Now, it will not let me into my backup drive (F: ) saying that it is not formatted and asking if I would like to format it now. I don't want to lose all of the backed up files and settings, and obviously formatting would cause this. Does anyone have any suggestions for what I can do in this situation?

Answer:Problems recovering\detecting files/settings on backup drive

Wht file system do u have on the F: drive

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My Dell Studio XPS 16 motherboard failed but I was able to get the hard drive out of my computer and connected to my desktop using a case that makes it act as an external hard drive.

I now am trying to copy the old files from the Dell hard drive to my new computer's hard drive but some of the folders are password protected and didn't copy with the rest of the old C drive.

Clicking on some of these folder brings up a dialog box informing me I do not have privilege to see those files and I canceled out of the dialog box as I was worried I might accidentally erase the folder if I did not unlock it properly. Both computers were most recently running Windows 7 though the old Dell laptop originally came installed with Windows Vista.

What are the steps for recovering these files?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Recovering Files from Password Protected Laptop Hard Drive

See if this tutorial helps. Take Ownership Shortcut

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I have an eMachine T3092 computer to which I added a Maxtor One Touch 160 gig drive, everything is out of warranty. OS = Win XP Pro w/ sp2.

Outline of problem: On 7/21 I left home with the computer and nanny cam on. Returned 2 hours later & found the following message on screen:

Windows Delayed Write Failed. Windows was unable to save all of the data for the file
J: \SMft. (J drive = Maxtor) The data has been lost. The error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or a network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere.

I could not get access to this file to save it elsewhere. I could not get the Add/Remove Software list to populate. I couldn't do a system restore. I couldn't save anything to the J drive and the computer has been more than a little finicky ever since - very slow to open any/everything, insist I allow popups to open links on the web, or throws me off the internet - things like this. Anyway, tried everything I could think of to fix it, tried the things RoadRunner and eMachine suggested. Called Microsoft & pd them $59.00 to fix it and spent the entire week morning to night on the phone with them till they escalated the problem to the research team who told me that the problem is likely due to a surge, that 515K of data on the Maxtor is available to me, and that approx. 57 gigs of data is on the drive. They said I should take the drive to a local tech to have them use recovery tools to remove the data from the drive th... Read more

Answer:recovering files/folders from external Maxtor hard drive

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I'm one of those people who always knew I should be backing up my data, but never got myself to do it! However I have now finally started to do so and am going through each of my hard drives, one by one. Unfortunately it seems that I didn't get to one of them fast enough and it appears to have failed.

The good thing is that, using Recuva, I can see many of my files, despite a file directory that seems to have become somewhat corrupted. The bad part is that when I try recovering the files, I am faced with a cyclic redundancy check. The file is a RAW one and thus I can't use the CHKDSK /R or /F solution.

I've also tried switching to a 3rd party enclosure, but that hasn't solved the problem.

Any ideas on how I can recover my data?

Answer:Recovering Detectable Files Despite Cyclic Redundancy Check (RAW Drive)

May be try accessing the drive using Linux Live CD/USB and see if you're able to recover your files, hopefully it will overcome crc error and you will be able to get your data.

Hope this helps.

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Hello, I have been working on a master's project in Word and have had various versions going; last night I made all my corrections on one version and saved it, then opened it this afternoon and finished everything and thought I had saved it again before emailing it to my prof, but the emailed version turns out to be from 2 days again and this is now the only version showing up on my computer! Even if I mistook and didn't save today, there should still be last night's version, but it's not there. I have already tried looking through all the other documents and autorecovery files (empty). Does anyone have any other ideas for recovering a document in this situation? If I could even recover last night's version it would save a lot of work.... Thanks!

Answer:Help recovering word document

Might you have saved one version is a different folder?  Have you tried a search for all Word files on your hard drive, using *.doc (or *.docx if Office 2007) as the search string?  Did you ever have a flash drive or external drive connected to your computer?  What version of Word do you have?

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I saved a very lengthy report I spent all last week writing. I emailed it to myself so I could finish it at home last night and was very different from the version I sent myself. I figured I sent the wrong one but when I got to the office this morning the same copy was present. When I write these, I paste a similar report onto a new document a rename it by adress. The only version present is the one with no changes other than the name change. How can this be? I had been saving it periodically and am 100% certain I saved the most recent draft. Can it be recovered or am I screwed?

I have a copy that I sent to myself on tues that is more current than the one I saved last night. I just cannot understand how this can be. I must not have saved it to the folder where I keep my reports. That's the only explanation. What's odd is that there are copies of stuff in the temp folder that are months old, but not my report.

These are c&p'd from another forum; someone there suggested this one. I'm in sort of a desperate situation here.

Answer:Recovering A Word Document

I'm not sure I quite understand what you are saying?

Let me see if I can paraphrase and you tell me if I got it.

You worked on a Word Document at work and saved it. Then sent the newly saved Word Document to yourself at home.

But the Document you supposedly sent to yourself at home, from work is not the same one you think you worked on and saved that you have at work?

If I have that right. Check your sent mail at work for the document and see if it's what you expected to send. If the document in your sent mail folder is the one you want, then you need to have your IT department figure out how the server changed that document.

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If a Word 97 document has been 'saved' by mistake, is it possible to recover the original document

Answer:Recovering Word Document

Not easily but if you search through temp files, you may find the document there.

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Hello. Just recently, after running multiple things on my old laptop, it froze. It is still frozen, I haven't rebooted it. Thing is, I had an unsaved WordPad document open, and I want to recover it.

Is there any way I can get it back? Anyway to unfreeze the computer? If I rebooted it, would I still be able to get the document? I didn't once save it throughout making it.

Thanks very much. I appreciate any help.

EDIT: Upon it freezing, I have tried pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE in an attempt to unfreeze it. Nothing has happened yet.

Answer:Recovering a WordPad document?

I don't think that Wordpad keeps a backup copy of a document while writing it.
If it's an exsiting document you were editting you should be able to recover the original one.
I imagine (since you mention old laptop) that it is not Windows 7 and I don't know if earlier versions allow you to recover a previous version like Windows 7 does.

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My Friend has accidently deleted all of the contents in his word document and then saved it. Is it possible for him to recover this file? Perhaps a copy may be stored in a tempoary location?This document is very important to my friend- I would be very thankfull and so would he be if any one has any ideas.Thanks!

Answer:Recovering Deleted Word Document

File recovery :-R_Studio click hereEasyrecovery click here

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I recently password protected a 20 page document in Microsoft Word 7. As prompted, I typed the password in twice, saved the document, went to open it and it wouldn't take it. I tried several times with a couple of variation and it just won't take it. I know it is correct because it is based on the same algorithym that I always use for my passwords. Any ideas?

Answer:Recovering Word 07 Password from Document

First of all Version 7 is very old, I think you mean Word 2007.

Then there is the site rules, we do not help with passwords, as we do not know that you are the owner of said documents.

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I'm not sure where to post this, I hope this is the right place.

My dad deleted a Word document off of my mom's computer. My mom wants me to see if I can recover it somehow. Is there an easy way of getting back deleted files? Maybe bootable Linux cd or something?

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I have spent ages building a Visio document, and when I attempted to save it the thing crashed.
There is a ~$$ prefixed tempory file still there of type ~VSD File that I image has all my changes.
Can I recover all my changes from this or apply all the changes in it to the original?

Answer:Recovering a Visio failed document

Can you open the ~VSD file in Visio?

If you can, you may be in luck. It will be the temporary cache of the original file, but as to it being useable is anyones guess. Normally the cache gets deteled when Visio closes but when it crashed that did not happen.

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I am using Word 2000 under XP and accidentally saved a blank page instead of the one page of text I had been working on.Is there any way I can recover or get back the previous page before I saved the blank page.   Has it been ?saved? somewhere by Windows XP? or by Word?I did not have the "Version" feature in operation.Any help would be appreciated.  ...... jcwbl

Answer:Recovering a overwritten MS Word document.

If you didn't save the page you were working on (the one with text), there's a strong's gone.If you open Word...and click File from the toolbar...expand the should see the most recent documents you were working on.  Word has an auto save feature that usually will save a document you are working on, but it usually asks you before it does this.If you didn't save the file you were working on, or saved a blank document with the same file name, then it was overwritten and that document is history.It's a good idea to name the documents you are working on and save them as you go along...just in case something like this happens.

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Hey guys,

This is on a friends computer:

We've written a 4000 word essay and she accidentally overwrote it with another word document. Is there any way of recovering it?

I already tried the .asd files but she couldn't get them to open, so I said email them to me, and when she tried to do that it gave an error about packing the file and now the .asd files don't exist.

Is there any way we can get this document back? If we can't, we lose about 1000 words


Answer:Recovering overwritten word document

Have you tried shadow explorer. - About
It can be used on Vista
If she has Windows Seven, you can use backup and restore, which is part of the OS.

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duh, thats me. I admit to being a total dumbars when it comes to the computer. I somehow replaced a very important notepad document with a blank new white unwritten one. The document that was important to me, which i should have immediately printed , but didn't, what a jackars I am, was a short story I had written for a college class. I tried to retrieve it, but looks like it is gone. I know that the computer is supposed to store information somewheres indefinately. Do you intellegent computer wiz's know how I may retrieve the original document that I replaced with the white page? :cry Please help me.....

Answer:help recovering a replaced notepad document

Click start if using Vista or open run if XP type in .txt and up pops all your txt documents it maybe that when it went missing it got sent to your .txt documents !

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hi there - my father is working on a large word document in word 97 - he is not very computer literate and has not been backing up his files. He has somehow managed to delete virtually all of the text on around 160 pages, and this version of his document has been saved (he only has 2 characters on 1 page in total). I have gone into the versions option in the File menu, but there are no previous versions listed, I guess because he had not activated this function. Everything points toward the information being lost, except that if i look in the file's properties it seems that the file still appears to be about the right size (around 660kb). Does this mean that his text may still exist somewhere in the file, and may then be recoverable? (i would have thought with virtually no text the file should be much smaller). It also says that there have been 98 revisions of his documents. Is there any way to access an earlier revision, prior to him deleting all of this text?

I would appreciate any information or advice extremely, even if it is just to clarify that he has lost this file for good.

Answer:please help - recovering lost text in word 97 document

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I was biulding a website when the software crashed but I managed to press save!

The only problem is that it has saved my work as a blank file so I need to try and undo this save so I can go back to all the work I saved last time!

I had spent 10 hours on this website project!

hope you can help Tobi

Answer:recovering previously saved version of a document

closing duplicate, view this thread

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I need help with this document. It's damaged. Until now, I only thought that it could not be copied or successfully submitted onto a website. Now, however, I found out it's worse: I opened the document, and some of the text is gone. In place of it are squares, symbols, and a ton of column and page breaks. The document never HAD any columns in the first place! It was a simple document, words only, Times New Roman font, just one indented paragraph after another, with a few ~'s here and there. That was it.A huge chunk of the text is gone. I opened Microsoft Word help, and entered in "recovering lost text" and pressed search, and it told me this:Recover the text from a damaged documentLearn about preventing loss of work. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the General tab.Make sure the Confirm conversion at Open check box is selected, and then click OK.Click Open .In the Files of type box, click Recover Text from Any File.Open the document as usual. I did all of that, and it ALMOST worked...almost! Except it didn't give me back ALL of my document. It gave me back about half of it, minus the chunk that I really wanted back; it didn't give me back any of the stuff I didn't already have, because, you see, the text gone is about half through the document, and it goes for a few pages with the squares, symbols, and column/page breaks, then it repeats some paragraphs I had at the document beginning, and then it skips to the end of the document. Meanwhile, this hug... Read more

Answer:Recovering lost text from Word document

Hi,Which Microsoft Words do you use? Which formatte did you save in? What extension, .emz? The wired charaters are ASCII codes, sounds like it is a compressed file and when you try to open it, it wasn't decomperssed.Richard.

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I created a document in Word (Vista) that was saved in 2009. I have recently updated it to make several revisions/additions.

I saved the document on May 14th, 2011; however, when I went back to look at the document (which was saved on an external hard drive and emailed), one version had a couple of new paragraphs and the other was the same as the version that I had last worked on in 2009!

Can you help me to recover the last version of the document that had all of the changes/new information (from May 14th - the last day I worked on it - after I had finished all of the changes)?


Answer:Recovering an earlier version in of a document in Word

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So I saved a report I was working on only on my USB drive, which I just realize I lost. I was wondering if there was a way to recover the document from the PC I was working on ?
Thanks in advance
P.S : Working on Windows 8

Answer:Recovering a LibreOffice document only saved on a now-lost USB

Hi Lilins, welcome to TSG.

If you never saved it to the hard drive and it was only ever on the USB, then it's unlikely you'll be able to find anything on the PC. There's a slight chance that a temp file might have been saved to your computer, but it's unlikely it's still there in a usable format after you've closed the file and removed the USB. But you could try searching for a phrase in the document, or the document title, to see if there's anything salvageable.

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Hey guys, I was working with my grandfathers computer. The computer would not boot, it kept getting the BSOD with "Unmountable Boot Volume" At the top. Annoyed, I decided I was going to just back up whatever files were on it (Just his favorites, he has absolutely no documents or anything else) plugging his HD into my home PC as a slave and copying them to my flashdrive. Then I would reinstall XP Home on his Desktop, and use the flashdrive to put back his files...Sounds easy enough right? NO!!!!.....Problem is, his user account on the computer (Ralph), was Password Protected so now when I try to access any of his files (using Windows 7) I get a message saying Access Is Denied. How do I get around this. It is not possible to boot his old computer to take off the password. Are his files recoverable?
Thanks for any help!

Answer:Recovering hard drive files from unbootable, password protected hard drive?

You don't have to do all that to overcome an unmountable boot volume error...try running chkdsk /r command on the drive.

Start/Run...type chkdsk X: /r (where X is the drive letter assigned by XP and with spaces between k and X: and X: and /) and then hit Enter.


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Hi. I am in the process of trying to recover files. My whole D drive (the 78,148MB - see jpg attached) says it needs to be reformatted and so all the files are gone. I download a recovery program (thanks to suggested from this forum -tks!) and it shows that the files are on my computer. Now I guess I have to have somewhere to put all the files when I recover them.

I am picturing I just need to purchase a 100MB removable hard drive. Then I will just have to plug it in via USB and then transfer using the recovery program. Kind of just like when I transfer music to my mp3 player. Obviously my level of computer knowledge is NOVICE. Is that all I will need to do?


Answer:Help recovering files... recovering relocation?

what is your question? if you want best way to do it i figure a external harddrive and an os that works should do. if the windows that you have installed is not working. you can try knoppix a linux that boots from a cd

and resize your pictures

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I know where they are. I think I have placed them back into the proper location, but I can not send or receive with error message data file can not be accessed.
I uninstalled and reinstalled and still receiving same message
thank you

Answer:accidentally exported outlook pst files and data files can not be accessed

If you have had Outlook reinstalled recently, you may need to go to Tools/Account Settings to add your personal files. 
Click Tools.  Choose Account Settings. 
A window will open. Click Data Files. Choose Add. Then Choose the .pst file and Click OK. Click OK to Save, it will prompt you for a password which you can enter if desired or just click OK. You will then see the list of .pst files in your Account Settings.  Click Close. (you may have more than one .pst file so you will have to repeat these steps).
This is something to try and see if it works. Your personal folders should now show up in your Navigation pane with all your other folders. 

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I have (obviously with a shortcut or so) accidentally copied / moved some files I do not know from a folder I do not know to a folder I do not know.

Is there a way to find out these folders / files? Is there a log or such?

Answer:Accidentally copied / moved some files: find out folders, files?

Enter said:

I have (obviously with a shortcut or so) accidentally copied / moved some files I do not know from a folder I do not know to a folder I do not know.

Is there a way to find out these folders / files? Is there a log or such?


What makes you think you have done something wrong, or incorrect? What triggered this question?

We have to start somewhere......

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Ok so i have a computer I had to reformat but we want to try and recover some of the files. I know there is a software that can do this, i used it once but I dont remember the name anymore. Anyone with any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:recover files from reformatted HDD

I've had a lot of success with this-
might be worth a try

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So just as I was about to save a file on my flash drive (Imation NANO, capacity 1.86 GB), I noticed a whole bunch of weird files with strange characters, mixed-up letters, and so on. I had over 40 folders with similarly weird file names, and also what seemed to be documents or something, of the same strange type. When I opened up the drive on Explorer, there was a folder that wasn't there before (faded out like an archive folder) entitled something like FOUND.001 or FOUND_001 or something, which I deleted instantly (including 137 files), but that still didn't get rid of those strange files. I looked up help threads on this and other tech forums, and based on their advice, quickly made a back-up of all my files (from the flash to my laptop, making sure not to mistakenly copy any of the strange files), and reformatted the flash so that it became entirely empty.

So far so good, but what I'm worried about is the following:

a) whether this has affected my computer, and how would I know if it has? It seems to be running just fine as I'm using it right now, but I don't know if I can be sure. My Norton Anti-Virus has expired a long time ago (my Dad, who is largely responsible for buying security packages, has not had time to renew it for me), and I am considering getting him to uninstall that in favour of ESET Security or something, but whatever the case, I am planning on getting that solved first thing in the morning so that I can run a full security and a... Read more

Answer:I reformatted strange files on USB - is my PC safe now?

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Sleepless in Asia over:

Recovering "moved files from pendrive

I moved a folder of subfolders of pdfs and word folder named "from ACER" folder from a scan disk thumbdrive 8GB to my laptop, and wrote another folder from another laptop B to the same thumbdrive.

Now my laptop A is with a thief, and I need the "from ACER" folder urgently.

My laptop A runs on Windows 7 Starter.

Another laptop B runs on Windows 7 Home Premium.

1. How do I recover "from ACER" folder in the thumbdrive 8GB?

What software can I use?

Recovering ?moved files? from alternative laptop worked on ?from ACER? folder moved from thumbdrive 8GB

2. Is it possible to recover "from ACER" folder from another laptop B?

What software can I use?

Recovering ?moved files? from desktop worked on ?from ACER? folder moved from thumbdrive 8GB

3. The other option is to recover "from ACER" folder on a desktop C that I worked on moving "from ACER" folder to and from desktop C. Desktop C is part of a network in a library. Desktop C runs on XP.

What software can I use?

Please guide.

Answer:Recovering "moved Files" Frm Fat32 Usb Drive & Frm Desktop Used To Work On "moved Files"

Have a look at the data recovery software here:

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I have a Pentium 4 -512 Ram -2.41 Ghz -WinXP Home PC.

I reformatted the hard drive for a friend. Everything went great. There
were 2 user accounts. Hers was password protected. I backed up all data
and I'm trying to restore the data on the newly formatted pc.

His word documents are fine. None of her word documents or pictures will open. I can see them, but I get an error msg that says check the file permissions for the document or drive. Could it be because her user was password protected?
tried password protecting her new user account with the same password
and tried to open a file. No luck.

Even if I try to copy the files from the CD I burned them to, I get a
msg that says, "Can not copy from the source file or disk." The properties say read only and will not let me change this in any

I tried to take ownership as the Admin - (Take Ownership of the files and folders. In Help and Support search on
Ownership or see this KB article:
HOW TO: Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP

Didn't work.

It was xp pro and is now xp home.

Is there any way to recover the data?

Answer:Had XP Pro User Protection/Reformatted/can't open files

Tell you what. If you send one of the files to my email I will try to get it to open up.

My Email: [email protected]

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I just erased, reformatted and partitioned my hard drive a few days ago. I decided to run all of the malware scans and procedures on my pc before I replaced all of my files on my external hard drive. I also wanted to check my external for any problems as well. So, if one of you incredibly intelligent specialists out there would take a peek at my results, I would really appreciate it. The first set is before I hooked up the external and the second is after.
Thank you so much!

Answer:Reformatted Drive and External Drive Scan

And after...

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I have been working with a pro in another forum on reformatting my pc. I think almost everything is done and has gone relatively well with the exception if my Outlook Express 6 which I backed up on a flash drive, where I loaded everything else I backed up prior to reformat. They are dbx files and I would like/prefer to reload them into Outlook or in a format where I can access them. I asked the pro I was working with about this problem and didnt really get ANY help from on this issue him, so I came hopefully greener pastures. Maybe it isnt his line of expertise or maybe he is tired of addressing my situation...who knows? No matter.......
My computer is a Dell runing Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002 SP3 with a Pentium 4. As I mentioned, I have am using Outlook Express 6 and have successfully reloaded it and am sending and receiving email with it.
I have some important information and documentation I really need to have access to. Can you help me?

Answer:Solved: Reformatted,Reloaded...but not sure how to reactivate my Outlook dbx files

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hiya there

yeah seem to have misplaced my music files...the folders are still there physically but on opening the tracks they come up on the playlist media player but have a blatant red cross beside them., and or "file does not exist"

found a stack of my music files on a software prog that ive recently installed - WinUtilites. am pretty sure ive used one of this prog's tools and have tempoararily moved them...compressed, archived them or something as files come up as single tracks, all right in order, but theres 1,000's of them.

as ive a rather large music library that i dont want to lose, as theres lots of music which i havent burnt coz its not my thing...but i love being able to swap tunes so although i have cd copies of most of the music i listen too. would really like to retieve all the folders that i have ripped

have had to restore system b4 so thats an obvious choice, so if i have to do this is there a quick way of simply restoring the folders...without my having to do each folder on an individual basis. as this would take a mammoth session, but will do it if theres no other way.

any help, guidance or remarks concerning this dilema would be gratefully recieved and i promise not to shoot the messenger ... even if its news i dont wanna hear/read

many thanx pple - CHIN CHIN

Answer:help with retrieving lost misplaced reformatted files, esp my music

have had to restore system b4 Click to expand...

Did you use System Restore?

Worth a try ....
Start > Run ...type in....msconfig....OK
Click on "Launch System Restore".
Select a date that is prior to your problem starting.

Your data, files, photos etc will be ok.
Any software / updates installed after the chosen date will be lost and you will need to re-install.

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Hello everyone. I have a Sony VAIO laptop model VGN-FW41E but it also says model PCG-3H1M on its underside. Not sure which is correct to post. Anyhow, here is my complicated scenario. I would super appreciate any feedback!
My husband bought me this laptop 5 years ago as a gift. I made a backup from the beginning on 15 CD-R's. I do not recall if it was a system backup or file backup, as I failed to clearly write which kind of backup it was. Mistake #1. The next 3 years, I never had any problems and always made sure to keep my antivirus updated and computer clean and defragged when needed.
Then, last year, I let someone charge his phone through my laptop, and after that came serious problems. Mistake #2. I let my husband take my laptop to get it fixed, Mistake #3, and he had the tech reformat my laptop and installed a questionable Windows7 (which I never asked him nor wanted him to do). What I want is to reinstall my genuine Windows Vista (which I only have the CD key since a disk did not come with the purchase) and I want my computer back the way it was when he bought it with all the awesome programmes it had already installed. How can I do this from the backup I initially made a month after I received my laptop? I tried restore from disc and had it set to boot first, but nothing happened. Then, I tried restoring from the restore and backup help section and chose to restore the files from the disc. It allowed my to restore 1disc, but none of the other 14. Kept saying wrong m... Read more

Answer:How to reload Vista and files after laptop has been reformatted with Windows 7?

I am very sorry, but if you reinstall Vista, all of your stuff will be gone. If you want to reinstall, this Forum can get you free and ISO of Vista. With the ISO you can burn a DVD and then install Vista. You will need a valid key. Once again, your stuff will be gone.
If you have a back up of just your stuff (not software) after you install Vista you can use the back up for you stuff (not Software)

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