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System unrepairable....how recover files


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#1 alodude

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 09:35 PM

My windows 10 desktop is about 5-6 years old.  Finally it crashed.  It was having a hard time shutting down and one day I forced it to shut down by holding the power button off.  Then it never started up again.  The built in windows 10 fixers didn't work, and neither did resetting the computer.  So I unplugged the harddrive, and installed windows 7 (the copy of windows I own...10 was free upgrade) onto my auxiliary drive.  

 

So, now I've got windows up and running and I'm a happy calm.  But there is a huge problem.  When I re-connected the older hard drive, NONE of my files, personal documents, games, apps, or anything can be found.  NOTHING.  I search for poetry, and nothings is there.  What's weird is that 80% of the hard drive space is taken up.  I know the files are on that hard drive, but I cannot seem to access them.

 

Any ideas?

 

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 06:21 AM

Start by trying a free utility such as a Live Linux distribution or the Ultimate Boot CD to see if you can see the files.

You may also want to try the free Recuva recovery software ( https://www.piriform.com/recuva )


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