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Does A Windows Reinstall Delete Everything?


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#1 Jeremy James

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 01:07 PM

I put a thread up earlier about a dell computer having issues with the hard drive. I was actually posting the question for a friend of mine in another state. Someone went by and reinstalled XP on the computer, and it's coming up now. However, all the files are gone. Are they truly gone, or in another partition? Is there a way to retrieve those?


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Posted 21 November 2007 - 01:36 PM

If the person who reinstalled the OS did a Clean Reformat the files are gone, you should ask them if they made any type of back up.

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 07:30 AM

There are ways to attempt to recover the data. Results aren't guaranteed and it's very, very expensive!
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 12:43 AM

If a clean installation with formattin, by logic it will. But if by reinstalling by leaving the state of the partition, means to overwrite just the OS files, you will only lost things in c:\windows.

That is from what I experienced. :thumbsup:
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 01:16 AM

This is why I always install at least two partitions so that I always have my OS on a separate partition from my files.

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 02:39 AM

I second dc3's suggestion. Like in my workplace, my I.T exec tought me to make 2 partitions and let the data partition or what we normally see as D: for FAT32 format. This is to let ghosting run on that partition. Then, do a full installation for the PC, make sure everything is there, and reboot and do Ghosting in DOS. It will benifit in the end because in just less then 10 minutes, a corrupted PC system will be recovered and it saves time and effort.

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 03:18 AM

You could try searching the drive with PCInspector (which is a freeware data recovery program) to see if you find any of the old files.
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 03:58 AM

If all they did was reinstall, all the programs with the files should still be on the main hard drive. But I don't believe any will survive that were in the My Documents folder. If it was formatted, that makes it harder to find, and try what the guys above said... :thumbsup:

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