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#1 mindnova

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 01:47 PM

Well I hooked up the cables and can access part of my data from my crashed hard drive. Some seems to be hidden. For some reason my documents folder is hidden from me. Checking the amount of data indicates that its there I have a 52 gig harddrive and 45 gigs are used. These can only be my photos in the doc folder.

So any suggestions would be helpful.

Also Can I transfer everything from my crashed drive to a backup storage device and go ahead and format and reinstall everything on the original hard drive. That way I can give my wifes computer back and pick through the backup with my harddrive re-installed. I would also feel safer with things back together than having my hard drive just laying out.

As I said before this is a dell inspiron 6000 with XP sp3 that I crashed. It had been unstable for months but stupid me did not back up for 6 months and I have lots of photos and doc.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 03:46 PM

Often, when a bootable hard drive is moved from one system to another, users cannot access a group of folders (Docs/Settings, My Computer, etc.).

This calls for a procedure known as "taking ownership" of the files. It's pretty routine, How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

<<Also Can I transfer everything from my crashed drive to a backup storage device and go ahead and format and reinstall everything on the original hard drive.>>

I guess that I don't understand what you are asking. After you get all your desired data files off the troubled drive...you can do whatever you want with it.

I would suggest that you do two things before even thinking about using it again:

a. Run a manufacturer's diagnostic on it to ensure that it has no inherent, current problems...before attempting to reinstall XP on it.

b. Use the XP CD to delete the existing partitions on it...then create a new partition/format/install XP...if that's your ultimate goal.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 09:46 PM

<<Also Can I transfer everything from my crashed drive to a backup storage device and go ahead and format and reinstall everything on the original hard drive.>>

I guess that I don't understand what you are asking. After you get all your desired data files off the troubled drive...you can do whatever you want with it.
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What I mean is can I transfer everything, all files to a external hard drive and then later pick through and remove what I need. This would allow me to maybe reinstall a program and see where it hides its user data. This would also allow me to give the computer back to its owner and then use mine after reformatting to dig through the drive. This would also help as some programs used special file prefixs that are not installed on the borrowed computer.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 10:41 PM

Might give this a shot, PhotoRec recognizes over 180 file formats.
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 06:55 AM

Well...you could always make a disk image of the system partitions.

Disk imaging software copies the partition/drive exactly as it is now.

Part of the software package should be a mini-program that allows any user to restore individual files or the entire backup, as user wishes.

I use an old program (Drive Image 2002) and I can access any file in any backup at any time, using the program. I can restore it to any partition/folder I wish.

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 06:55 AM

You can copy the entire drive to an external drive - but it's a waste of space and time to copy everything.
Data is the only thing that you'll be easily able to recover.
Installed program and Windows won't work off the external drive - and that's the majority of stuff on most systems.
For XP you usually only need the user profile stuff and maybe the Shared stuff in the All Users profile (these are contained in the Documents and Settings folder). Occasionally email programs, tax/accounting programs, and other specialize software may store stuff outside of the user profiles - but this is becoming much less common as programs are updated by the manufacturer.

Installed programs (and Windows) creates registry entries and places files in locations that are referred to by both relative paths (%systemroot%) and absolutie paths (C:\Windows). With the program on an external drive, it won't know how to correctly address any changes in these parameters. Additionally, Windows assigns security descriptors that tell the system that it's from a different copy of the operating system - so it won't work on the current system.
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