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Is it Possible to Recover Files from Windows 8->8->10?

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#1 diana139


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Posted 27 September 2015 - 01:48 AM


My boyfriend was running a bootlegged version of Windows 8. I reinstalled his Windows to a legitimate version of Windows 8 so that he could get the free upgrade upgrade to Windows 10. 

When we went from Windows 8-->Windows 8, the only option the installer gave us was "Keep Nothing", so we backuped files onto an external harddrive (or so we thought), before the wipe. He had a bunch of important files on his Desktop but it turns out they were copied as shortcuts on the external harddrive and so he can't access any of these files. We didn't know this until we were already running Windows 10. So basically, we installed Windows twice on the same day, which was today.

He's extremely upset about these files he lost. They were a reflection of his undergraduate career. Is there any way to get them back? He's tried opening the windows.old folder but there's nothing there. If he were to restore to the Windows 8 that he had previously, is there any chance? Is there anything that can be done?

Experts, please help. Much, much, much appreciated.

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#2 sparklestar


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Posted 27 September 2015 - 03:58 AM

I think the files are gone. Someone more expert in the windows 8 install can give you a more definitive answer though.


In the extremely slim chance that there is any chance here, don't do much with the computer (don't write a bunch of new files), wait for instructions from someone here.

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 06:56 AM

If you selected the "Keep nothing" option - then nothing would have been saved.

So the Windows.old folder is probably from an earlier attempt.

If so, at least some of his stuff will be in the following location:


Open Windows.old

then Users

then his user name

then the Desktop folder

(also, you can check the Documents, Downloads, etc folders for more data)

Also check the Public folder - on the off chance that some stuff was saved there.


If there's nothing there, then this was either corrupted, or it was a copy of an installation that backed up a new installation of Windows.


Data recovery is very, very expensive for this type of recovery (we're talking thousands of dollars IMO).

If you're considering this - DO NOT USE THE COMPUTER AT ALL

Each use will overwrite sections of the hard drive with new data that may write over the old, erased data locations.
The recovery experts use delicate tools to see what was in these locations before the wipe (sorta like CSI when they do computer forensics).

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Posted 03 October 2015 - 03:27 AM

Hi diana139,


There are several programs on the market that can recover deleted files but they HAVE to be run from another disk. Meaning you should remove the disk from your computer and use it as a secondary or external drive. The more you use the current disk the less likely you will recover files.

Remember there are no guarantees.


Here is one such program

People who don't know what they are talking about will provide arguments instead of any valid proof to their claims...

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