Posted 18 September 2010 - 01:35 PM
Thanks dc3 for the reply. Sorry for the delayed response, I was out of town for the day. Unfortunately, my son tells me that he did not receive an install cd when he bought his computer. He said when he first started using it he was instructed to make a set of restore disks, which he did, but is unable to locate. He said it took several disks. I'm not sure if it's the same as the set of floppies I had to make way back when I first started using windows xp pre-installed on a machine. I have done a lot of installs and repair installs over the last several years using my Win xp disks. I have 3 separate licensed copies of xp, however I do not have a copy of 'Media Center Edition, which was installed on this machine, and I doubt that any of my disks would work. Besides, they are all currently running machines and activated on those machines.
When I look at his drive using Easus Partition manager, it show the recovery partition and appears to have all the files still in place, and using the aforementioned 'Recuva' software, I can see and recover all of his data. It seems to have the folder structure intact, however, if I try to view any of the files on drive using Windows explorer, they are not visible. I have not ever attempted this kind of operation, but it seems that there should be a better way than restoring image files one at a time from a large hard drive. If there is any other way to recover without using his install cd, that would be fantastic. But, until I find any better way, I'll just keep pecking away at these picture files. Awaiting responses; thanks again.