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#1 MondiBlue


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Posted 17 May 2006 - 12:29 AM

My family's Compaq Presario SR1123WM began clicking on and off randomly. Well, the last time it did it it said that something was missing causing it to be unable to start up. Well, before I thought any better of it I clicked on Recovery. When I realized that it meant that it wasn't going to recover to the last place I desperately hit the power button, but alas, I had to complete the recovery.

Of course when I got the computer up and running again, all the documents and photos and important things that my family had saved on the computer had been completely wiped clean and it was if the computer was just new out of the box.

My question to you guys, is there any way to recover these documents, photos, and important information. My family really needs the photos and documents for their business.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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#2 acklan


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Posted 17 May 2006 - 11:58 AM

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer.

I have used Puppy Linux to recover files from a drive that had Windows XP Home on it. Unlike most flavors of Linux it need a FAT32 partition to work. With a update it will also work on an NTFS partition.
The computer I was working on had XP damaged to the point that it would not boot. I booted Puppy to a RAMdrive and use it to burn the files to a CD. The drive was not formatted thought. If you have at least 256mb of RAM you can boot to a RAMdrive and not install anything on the hard drive. This should reduce the risk of overwriting the data.
It is only a 50mb download and worth a try.


Edited by acklan, 17 May 2006 - 11:59 AM.

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