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Lost Data/files After System Restore


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#1 micksurg

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Posted 11 November 2007 - 01:17 PM

PLEASE HELP. I accidentally did a full system restore from the discs I had created for my pc running xp home, and everything on my computer seems to be gone now. There is one word document that i really really need. How can I get it back?? THANKS A TON IF THERE IS ANY WAY TO HELP!!!!!

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Posted 11 November 2007 - 07:46 PM

Hi micksurg, welcome to BC! :thumbsup:

If you reformatted the drive, then things are going to be difficult. However it is possible that the file has simply been "misplaced" and is alive and well somewhere on your hard drive. Have you performed a search (Start->Search) for the file?

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Posted 12 November 2007 - 02:08 AM

You could try using PC Inspector to see if it can recover the files.
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Posted 12 November 2007 - 07:51 AM

Thanks to all. I think I did format the drive - all data and post factory apps are gone, and searching did not help. Will PC Inspector or anything still possibly work?? I am desperate for any solution, but one that wont cost me hundreds of dollars, like the quote I got when I phoned someone, would be awesome.

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 07:25 AM

There is a possibility that PCInspector will be able to recognize the file - but it's not (IMO) likely.

The most important thing right now is to stop using the PC. If the file is located in an area that currently doesn't have data written to it, then there's a chance that it can be recovered. Each time that you use the PC, Windows writes stuff to the disk - so using it will degrade the chances of recovering it.

Here's a link on how to do a data recovery: http://www.runtime.org/datarecovery.htm
If you're able to locate the data using this method, you can either buy their software (it's very good IMO - I've purchased it for my use) or you can try the above procedure using PCInspector
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