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Q: Recovering files from a damaged drive and recovering files from an unrecognized driv


I am facing two different complications with external usb's

Problem 1: Hardware (?)
This usb IS recognized and mounts - however, the files on it are damaged - possibly because of hardware erosion...
I think ddrescue and safecopy are supposed to be good programs for this type of failure, but I do not know how to use them

Problem 2: Software (?)
This usb is recognized in the device manager, but not in the My Computer (so it doesn't mount). I think I can reformat the usb to make it functional again, but before I do that, I want to recover whatever files are on the drives

Any guide on how i can resolve these two issues?

Preferred Solution: Recovering files from a damaged drive and recovering files from an unrecognized driv

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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Hi. I am in the process of trying to recover files. My whole D drive (the 78,148MB - see jpg attached) says it needs to be reformatted and so all the files are gone. I download a recovery program (thanks to suggested from this forum -tks!) and it shows that the files are on my computer. Now I guess I have to have somewhere to put all the files when I recover them.

I am picturing I just need to purchase a 100MB removable hard drive. Then I will just have to plug it in via USB and then transfer using the recovery program. Kind of just like when I transfer music to my mp3 player. Obviously my level of computer knowledge is NOVICE. Is that all I will need to do?


A:Help recovering files... recovering relocation?

what is your question? if you want best way to do it i figure a external harddrive and an os that works should do. if the windows that you have installed is not working. you can try knoppix a linux that boots from a cd

and resize your pictures

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my old xp hard drive was uber slow so i upgraded to a new one with a new xp install

Now i need my files off my old windows xp hard drive but it won't let me access my files saying ACCESS IS DENIED

is there any way to get those dang files

A:recovering files from old xp Hard Drive

you can try taking ownership of the files/folders

How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP

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I need help with recovering files from a hard drive with Windows 98 as the OS. This computer was my mom's old one. I moved the "My Documents" folder to a new computer for her by using the cut and paste method to a USB flash drive. I then moved the contents from the flash drive onto a new computer with Windows Vista. I deleted the files from the flash drive to let her use it for other purposes. So far so good. Then this:

1. The new computer had a problem with the power hardware and was sent back to the factory for repair.
2. Received the computer back with a reformatted hard drive (data not there).
3. Mom did not want to deal with Vista, so I swapped her computer with a new one that runs Windows XP.
4. The missing files contain medical history and vital pictures.
5. I live about 400 miles from my mom, so this is being worked on long distance.
6. She lives in a small town with very limited computer service support.

Here is my question. What is the best process to recover these files? I have the original hard drive here with me. I have Windows XP and Vista available on the computers at my house. I can also have the USB flash drive sent, but it would have to come via mail or UPS. Is there an issue with slaving a Windows 98 formatted drive to a Windows XP or Vista machine? Or should I take the extra time to have her send the flash drive and try to recover the files from it? And are there any special precautions to take when shipping a flash drive... Read more

A:Need Help Recovering Files From Hard Drive

First and foremost - don't do anything to any of the drives until you're ready to recover the data. Each and every access gives a greater risk of losing the data.

The original hard drive - does it still have the original files on it? If so, the best bet is to slave this drive to another system and transfer the files from it. You can either attach it to a free space on one of the cables on your current computer (with the proper jumper settings) - or you can get a drive enclosure to put it in and hook it up to a USB port on your system. Then it's just a matter of copying the files to your computer (and backing them up just-in-case to a CD).

Recovering deleted files is another story - and they're even more sensitive to the "more it's used, the more likely that the data is gone" theory. It takes special software and techniques - although there is some freeware than can recover some stuff for you.

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Hi All,
I have a 160Gb SATA disk which used to be the first disk in a RAID jbod 320Gb drive. the second drive has failed so I've connected the first drisk to a new system as drive "E" The new system recognises the drive but will not display the contents as it thinks the drive is not formatted. Any ideas on how I can to the data on the disk??

The new system is a Phenom 9950 Quad core, Win XP pro x64

Many thanks,

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I recently purchased a cheap hard drive enclosure to house a drive from an old machine. The drive had previously lived in an Icy Box enclosure and had worked fine. Unfortunately the power supply for the Icy Box gave up and now I have bought this replacement.

When I started it up, the drive was recognised but without any of the files that were previously there. I have downloaded Pandora Recovery from Cnet and tried a deep scan. This has shown that the files are still there but crashes at about 1% of the scan.

Can anyone advise on any other freeware which can solve this issue.

Thanks in advance.

A:Hard drive files need recovering

At this point... its a lost cause I would say, BUT!

You could always try making a mirror of the dead drive, and try to recover from that image... though not sure I would expect to recover the files

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I don't know what happened. I had a lot of school stuff on my jump drive (approx. 30 word docs and 20 powerpoints, one of which is due tomorrow) and I was cleaning my jump drive and I told it to delete the folder "documents" (completely empty) and instead it deleted "School Stuff"

I have a San Disk icro 2 gig drive....idk the model or w/e but it's black and the connection thing slides out....

PLEASE HELP ME! I'm in hell right now, finished the 40 slide powerpoint after a couple hours of work and it's gone!

I tried 2 different undelete programs (winundelete and one by the same people as ccleaner) and they could "recover" the files, but powerpoint couldnt read them (I have 2007)

And winundelete can't even find another document that I've been working on for weeks....

Please help, I'm about to cry while sh*ting a brick!

A:Need help recovering dleted files from USB drive!

You could try this one:http://www.pcinspector.de/Sites/file_recov....htm?language=1

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Yep. I've committed the cardinal sin

It was Win98 and I installed Win2000 over the top of it. The drive was formatted as FAT during the installation process.

Is there any way that I can recover data that was previously stored on the drive? There are some Excel spreadsheets that I'd like to get back.

I found this while looking through the threads for previous instances.... PC Inspector.

Will it do a job for me?

A:Recovering Files From Formatted Hard Drive

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I have a hard drive that was accidentally formatted with the Sony recovery wizard and a complete reinstalled was performed.

Can you please tell me about a good program that I can use free or paid to recover the data of a formatted hard drive?

I used the recuva application and only found deleted files. I need to recover if possible all the docs, pictures, music files before the recovery took place.

Thank you in advance,


A:Needs help recovering files from formatted hard drive, Please

Well unfortunately when a Hard drive is formatted and then something is written over that it is very time consuming and expensive to recover and then you may only get half of your information back.

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hi i have(now dead) 200 gb maxtor hd, i know i know bad disk to buy, now i know my brands, seagate all the way haha, ne ways i think the partition where xp installed got corrupted, and it wont let me do ne thing, it gave me that "your disk must be corrupted" warning when i booted up. Some pictures were on that partition, like wedding, prom, grad, and i was wondering, instead of formatting the whole drive, or even the partition, can i use like hard drive data recovery software like "Helix"? I came here to see if any body can help me out, or even show me an easier way, cuz from the looks of it Helix looks very confusing.

--thnx in advance

A:help recovering files of a dead hard drive


Not sure if you are in the uk, I have used this tool >> http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=35057&doy=14m3&C=SO&U=strat15

You just plug the hard drive into it and the other end into a usb port on a pc and it shows up as an external hard drive. Depending on whether your hard drive is not completely gone.Then the data can just be taken off it. If its a sata drive they do one for that also

Another way is if you are putting a new hard drive in then put the bad one in as a slave drive then it wil do basically the same thing and show up as another drive and you should be able to access all your pics etc.

Data recovery tools are ok for accidentally formatted/totally shot drives etc but I would hope you wouldn't need to go that far

Hope it helps


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My friend gave me her PC to reinstall windows on for her because it was infected with a virus that was preventing her PC from booting up, but before I do that she said she wanted me to recover some pictures off of the hard drive, I told her no problem. But I wasn't thinking at the time, is it really as simple as hooking her hard drive up as a secondary to my computer, would that cause my hard drive to become infected? I use AVG as my anti virus program, would this prevent my computer from becoming infected if i just wanted to burn her pictures to a CD from my PC?

Hope my question is clear enough, any tips/advice would be appreciated, and I apologize for my ignorance but I'm not too familiar with computer viruses.

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So I am hoping there is a simple solution to this and that I am just overlooking or forgetting something.

I have an old PC that the Mobo died, I do not wish to get it functional again, just retrieve the data off the hard drive. I have a IDE to USB adapter and have hooked up the drive to another machine I have to copy the data. But the users on this drive, made there personal folders within windows private, C:Documents and Settings/(Username), and they show up as 0kb and when I try to access them it says I do not have the permission to access this file. How can I get around that? I have tried to boot from that drive but because the chipset is different, on my machine, windows will not boot. I have the usernames and passwords for the accounts that have the private folders but there doesn't seem to be a way to try and log in with that information.
Any help and ideas, would be greatly appreciated!

A:Recovering protected files from an external drive

You must insure that your personal account is set as being an Administrator. Check the properties for your account. Then access the old hard drive and see if anything is in the source folders.

If you are an Administrator on the new system, and the Profile Folders on the old hard drive are still shown as empty, this means you were not Administrator on the old system and you cannot access other Profiles.

After you ensure you are an Administrator on your new system, try change the Security Properties for the entire old HD (you right-click the root folder on the old HD) and Add your new system User to that drive as an Administrator. Reboot and try to access the old HD again and check the Profiles.

The bottom line, you must be an Administrator on your old HD to access Profiles belonging to others.

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Anyone know of a good program for restoring files from a crashed hard drive.
I've already used Spinrite on the drive and can now access the drive. The bad news is some of my folders and files are now just a bunch of ascii characters. Is there a program that will allow me to recover these? This is a FAT32 formated drive of 120 Gb capacity.


A:Recovering files from crashed hard drive


This is great for some files. It knows over 80 types of files. I lost a drive and my main concern was pics. I used it to recover 1700 jpgs from a crashed hard drive. It also got various doc and odt files. I also recovered many mp3s and mpg clips.
Some of the mp3s are broken into smaller files, and I haven't looked thru them yet.
The mpg clips were large xvid files, so now I have many smaller clips, I could edit them together if I really wanted to.

It took about 6 hours to recover 45 GB of data from a disk.

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Well I thought I would finally get around to trying to recover files from a hard drive that crashed a few years ago. I opened up my computer tower that has a replaced hard drive which is the master boot. I put the crashed hard drive on the 2nd IDE connector to make the drive the slave drive. Plugged it into the power cable. With the manual I have it says to put the jumpers as cable select. Did that. Shut the case. Turned the computer back on and now it doesn't recognize either hard drive. So I took out the crashed hard drive and booted up again and all was well. Why didn't the computer boot up with a slave drive connected? Thanks.

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Long story short, I went away for a few days (Grandfather was in hospital) and I hadn't paid my electric bill. They shut off power and when it came back on the power surge got to my computer hard drive.

I can still access my files, but the drive has errors which were fixed, but I've experienced frequent lockups, slowdowns, etc.

I bought a new 320GB SATA drive since everything else seemed okay. Even the power supply showed good voltage, but I decided to put it all in a new case anyway with a Raidmax 450watt PS.

I hooked up the old drive temporarily to save some files to the new drive, but one thing I can't figure out.. how can I get stuff off my old desktop? It says it cannot be accessed. Probably because my account had a password on it.

There isn't much on the desktop that I needed anyway, but I was programming some Atari 2600 games and I had some files there I believe, and a few graphics I'd like to have.

A:Recovering files off old hard drive's desktop..

I am assuming that you re-installed Windows fresh on the new drive, Yes?

Follow these directions to gain access back to your files:


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Recently, I've been having trouble with my flash drive. I was trying to converts some files on my drive, but I used another computer besides my own. While it was converting it said that some of my files were corrupt, which brings me to my first question. If files are corrupt can they be fixed?
Secondly, when I tried to open up some of my files, the names had changed from my orginal text to random numbers, and when I opened the file it pulled up a blank page like the document had never been written. It only did this to a few of my TEXT documents, not all of them. So my second question is, is there a system for recovering files on a flash dive? If so how and where do I find it?

A:Is there a system for recovering files on a flash drive?

provided you haven't overwritten the files, you need to use a file recovery program. There are many on the net, some better than others- there are also free ones.

To avoid file corruption on flash drives, do NOT hot-swap. Always stop the device before unplugging it.

NEVER store something on a flash drive that you cannot risk losing. Flash drives by their very nature are unreliable. They use static ram as a storage medium.

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I pulled the hard drive out of a laptop and up it in a enclosure with USB access but i cant access the file under the user area of the hard drive. It say i don't have permission.

A:recovering files from laptop hard drive

Typically to access files on a HDD that is connected via USB it requires you to be logged into the computer as a administrator. Make sure the account you are login in on is an admin.

If this doesn't work, let us know.

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Greetings all,

First of all I would like to apologize should I be posting in the incorrect section(if so please some mod move this thread to the appropriate section)

So a few days ago my 750GB Hard drive in my Lenovo Y580 laptop failed (due to my setting it on sleep for a long time and taking the laptop with me outside for a prolonged amount of time)

When I got back home, I tried to turn on the laptop and I got 3 or 4 clicks("Click of death" I believe) so I bought a new 1TB Harddrive and used Lenovo recovery disks to get the laptop back to working order

Moving on, I bought a SATA to USB enclosure so that I might try to recover some files from my failed Harddrive, now the thing is, when I connect it, it doesn't give the click sounds anymore and it seems to read, however, here's the weird part, it only shows me the Lenovo recovery part of the drive

Here's how it looks like in my computer and disk management:

So my question is, what does the "OEM Partition" mean on my failed HDD(Disk 2)? and do you think it's possible to recover any data or does this mean all is lost? and if there is a chance of recovery how can I open up the part of the drive where the data was(which apparently in this case is the OEM paritition)

Right clicking on the OEM part only gives me the "Help" option

Best Regards,

A:Recovering files from a readable Hard drive.

Hi Raficoo,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

Without asking any questions - there are many I would like to ask - let me directly get into action.

Please download, install and run MiniTools Partition Wizard Free Edition 9. MiniTool Partition Manager Software for Windows PC and Server

Does the File System of the 654.69GB partition of your "old failed hard drive" show as NTFS in the disk list?

If yes, rightclick on it > Explore. Do you see the files? Close Partition Explorer.

Rightclick on it again > Unhide Partition. In the next screen assign a drive letter > OK

Two operations will be pending.

Click on APPLY in the top menu bar. When changes are completed > OK and then close Partition Wizard.

Can you see and read the drive now?

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I can no longer access my external hard drive after my laptop had gotten infected with the NTOSKRNL-HOOK trojan, but cannot tell if my external hard drive isn't working due to virus-, hardware- or software-related issues. It is important that I recover my research data from either my external hard drive or from my laptop's old hard drive that was damaged from the infection.

Dell's regular support line and their fee-based virus support group weren't able to distinguish whether my external hard drive had gotten infected during my laptop's infection or whether my external hard drive had some kind of mechanical or software error, and I was referred here by a technician from TechSupportForum's virus area.

Can someone tell me in which area of TechSupportForum I should post a more detailed question, or should I take my external hard drive to a local repair shop to recover my data?

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Long story short, I bumped my flash drive, it appears slightly bent but was no longer recognized in the computer. I had multiple places look at it and all said nothing is physically wrong with it. I found one place that said they could help me recover the files for a fee of $750. I have files application files saved on this that I was working on for medical school, the most important one, I lost about two essays, so I'm not sure how much I want to pay to recover these.

I found these files on my computer but they are all under the usb drive so when I pull them up, it says device not recognized. Is there any way parts of them have been saved in some form on my computer that I could recover?

I'm guessing not but I figured it wouldn't hurt to try. Also if anyone knows a data recovery place that doesn't charge so much money that would be great.

A:Flash Drive broken, recovering files via word?

Here's what I would do. Proceed at your own risk! The jack being 'slightly bent' has probably separated a solder joint that connects the chip (what ever is in there) from the jack. If you know a tech who 'solders' he can 'bust' it open, put a drop of solder on the break (or make a jumper), connect the device and get the data off, then thow it away...Not really a $750 job in my opinion.

Another option is to get a USB to USB connector cable, connect your device to the cable. Now start bending the jack on the device ever so slightly trying to make the broken joint make a connection. After each adustment plug the other end of the cable into the PC and see if it recoginizes. If not recognized, disconnect from the PC and try again.

You want to use the cable because the bending of the jack may damage the the USB connector on the PC and you don't want introduce a new issue. I've actually used this technique and once we had to hold the drive in place manually to keep the connection (may require more than two hands).

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I'm not sure if this is the correct forum to post this or not (I apologize if it isn't!). I recently got a refurbished computer to replace my old Gateway GT5676 that crapped out on me about a year and a half ago (information from a previous post below). The computer guy I took it to was able to transfer my 1TB hard drive into the new(er) computer, but he wasn't able to access the C drive with the rest of my files at all, saying it would be a whole new set of charges to see what the problem was, that it may take refurbishing the old computer just to be able to access those files.

I can't afford to do that, but I may have to if there is no other option as I have business files on that hard drive that I need.

Does anyone know what other options I may have here? Is there any way to access the files on that main drive without having to fix that entire computer?

If this helps, this is from my first post 18 months ago about what happened to that computer:

The desktop is a Gateway GT5676 that is about 8 years old. A couple of weeks ago I installed AVG free antivirus (whatever I had before had run out or was not working, I don't remember) and slowly my computer was becoming more sluggish, I assumed due to the constant popups encouraging me to upgrade (I'm not completely sure this is the culprit, but it's the first thing I thought of as things were slowing down over the last few days and becoming slower). The day before failure it st... Read more

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I have a portable hard drive...basically a 3.5" laptop hard drive that I put into an enclosure with a USB connections. I've deleted some files that I'd like to recover so I've stopped using the drive for fear of overwriting my data. I have a copy of Hiren's Boot CD which has several programs that allow for data recovery....PhotoRec, DetDataBack, etc. All are pretty good programs.

Here's my problem.

The data I'm trying to recover is about 60 Gigs worth of data. I only have 40 Gigs of free space on the local hard drive where the USB drive is connected. I have plenty of space on a my network server BUT I can't seem to reach that drive when booting from Hiren's Boot CD. So, my question is...How do I recover data from this portable drive and save it to a network location? The recovery process would need to write the data to my network share in real-time.


A:How To Recovering Deleted Files From A Portable Hard Drive?

I'm unsure if the Hiren's boot cd has network access. If not, you've got 2 possibilites:
- recover the stuff in Windows so you have network access (you can get copies of most recovery programs that will work in Windows - but they may cost)
- recover 40 gb to the hard drive using Hiren's - then boot into Windows to transfer it to the network. Then boot back into Hiren's for the remaining 20 gb.

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I'm one of those people who always knew I should be backing up my data, but never got myself to do it! However I have now finally started to do so and am going through each of my hard drives, one by one. Unfortunately it seems that I didn't get to one of them fast enough and it appears to have failed.

The good thing is that, using Recuva, I can see many of my files, despite a file directory that seems to have become somewhat corrupted. The bad part is that when I try recovering the files, I am faced with a cyclic redundancy check. The file is a RAW one and thus I can't use the CHKDSK /R or /F solution.

I've also tried switching to a 3rd party enclosure, but that hasn't solved the problem.

Any ideas on how I can recover my data?

A:Recovering Detectable Files Despite Cyclic Redundancy Check (RAW Drive)

May be try accessing the drive using Linux Live CD/USB and see if you're able to recover your files, hopefully it will overcome crc error and you will be able to get your data.

Hope this helps.

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My Dell Studio XPS 16 motherboard failed but I was able to get the hard drive out of my computer and connected to my desktop using a case that makes it act as an external hard drive.

I now am trying to copy the old files from the Dell hard drive to my new computer's hard drive but some of the folders are password protected and didn't copy with the rest of the old C drive.

Clicking on some of these folder brings up a dialog box informing me I do not have privilege to see those files and I canceled out of the dialog box as I was worried I might accidentally erase the folder if I did not unlock it properly. Both computers were most recently running Windows 7 though the old Dell laptop originally came installed with Windows Vista.

What are the steps for recovering these files?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Recovering Files from Password Protected Laptop Hard Drive

See if this tutorial helps. Take Ownership Shortcut

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I have an eMachine T3092 computer to which I added a Maxtor One Touch 160 gig drive, everything is out of warranty. OS = Win XP Pro w/ sp2.

Outline of problem: On 7/21 I left home with the computer and nanny cam on. Returned 2 hours later & found the following message on screen:

Windows Delayed Write Failed. Windows was unable to save all of the data for the file
J: \SMft. (J drive = Maxtor) The data has been lost. The error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or a network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere.

I could not get access to this file to save it elsewhere. I could not get the Add/Remove Software list to populate. I couldn't do a system restore. I couldn't save anything to the J drive and the computer has been more than a little finicky ever since - very slow to open any/everything, insist I allow popups to open links on the web, or throws me off the internet - things like this. Anyway, tried everything I could think of to fix it, tried the things RoadRunner and eMachine suggested. Called Microsoft & pd them $59.00 to fix it and spent the entire week morning to night on the phone with them till they escalated the problem to the research team who told me that the problem is likely due to a surge, that 515K of data on the Maxtor is available to me, and that approx. 57 gigs of data is on the drive. They said I should take the drive to a local tech to have them use recovery tools to remove the data from the drive th... Read more

A:recovering files/folders from external Maxtor hard drive

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Hey guys, I was working with my grandfathers computer. The computer would not boot, it kept getting the BSOD with "Unmountable Boot Volume" At the top. Annoyed, I decided I was going to just back up whatever files were on it (Just his favorites, he has absolutely no documents or anything else)..by plugging his HD into my home PC as a slave and copying them to my flashdrive. Then I would reinstall XP Home on his Desktop, and use the flashdrive to put back his files...Sounds easy enough right? NO!!!!.....Problem is, his user account on the computer (Ralph), was Password Protected so now when I try to access any of his files (using Windows 7) I get a message saying Access Is Denied. How do I get around this. It is not possible to boot his old computer to take off the password. Are his files recoverable?
Thanks for any help!

A:Recovering hard drive files from unbootable, password protected hard drive?

You don't have to do all that to overcome an unmountable boot volume error...try running chkdsk /r command on the drive.

Start/Run...type chkdsk X: /r (where X is the drive letter assigned by XP and with spaces between k and X: and X: and /) and then hit Enter.


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I recently deleted a Document from my CD-RW, and am wondering if there is anyway to recover it? I haven't re-written any data on the disk after the deletion. Thanks

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I did something stupid and did a full system restore,I tried to undo restore and it didnt have a time that would take me back further enough to undo what i did, I tried to download free software to recover my files but I couldnt recover until I paid and I cant afford to right now,I called tech support at hp ( i have a hp pavilion) but they did pretty much what i tried to do on my own, I dont know what to do, i cant remember the name of all the files, but most of my music is gone and alot of my pictures, I can find my mother and sisters things but mine (administrative) is gone, please tell me theres a way to get my things back, it runs on windows xp.

A:recovering files

when u do system restore, your hard drive get wiped clean in most cases, unless you done through a regular XP disc.
i you used the restore disk that came with your system. then you data is lost & most had drive recovery requires lots of work & results are not guaranteed.
so i would say you data is lost. hard luck this time. be careful next time please as some things can not be undone.

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I had to do a system recovery and I chose the option to save all files but when I went to run the computer again everything was gone. Is there any way to get my old files back?

A:Recovering Old Files

if you selected an option to save your files they should still be there other than that unless you try a system restore wich might work it might not then i dont know soz

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I've lost all my emails and a lot of them were very important...grr

I realised tha my inbox.dbx had a copy, (inbox(1).dbx). I tried import and found that all email files that had a copy, would not import. (aka deletedfiles.dbx did not have a copy and it imported fine.)

So i did more googling and found the reasons was that my inbox.dbx was corrupt. More googling found me programs to use but that all cost! I'm a bit iffy about buying things over the internet and i'd much rather do it for free. (who wouldnt?)

I did find a .bak file somewhere of my inbox(1).dbx and im sure there was a inbox.bak there somewhere but i cant fnid them now. If i could i could just rename it and import it.

Does anyone have and ideas at all? I would be much appriciative of any help you could offer.

- Thankyou

A:Recovering .dbx files grr

Hi Taios. I not sure if this what you are looking for.

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I am struggling here and need some help!!! I accidentally deleted some video files from my PC and I cannot get them back... At least, I can't get them back the way they were.

Here's the story... these video clips were taken with my built in webcam. The format they end up in is .wmv. Some of them are as long as 20min. It is conferences w/clients and I need them back desperately.

I have tried about 4 different file recovery programs (recover my files, file scavenger, data disk doctor, etc.) but I cannot seem to get them back to life. If I do get them back, I have trouble trying to play them. I normally get an error saying that "You've encountered an error message C00D10D1 while using Windows Media Player. The following information might help you troubleshoot the issue.

Codec is missing
Windows Media Player cannot play the file (or cannot play either the audio or video portion of the file) because the necessary codec is not installed on your computer.

The missing codec might be available to download from the Internet. To search for the codec, go to the WMPlugins.com Web site."

So, I am thinking my problem is 2 fold... 1) I am not getting the file recovered fully (or it is corrupt-- by the way, is it possible to fix a corrupt file? if so, how) 2) something fishy is goin on w/WMP. Oh and one other thing... if this is a "CODEC" problem... I don't have a clue which CODEC I would need to download... how in the world would I go about find... Read more

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What about your "Backup copy" of these files, you do have one right?
If not, you are up the creek without a paddle.

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So, I was using a program called IQMango to convert a DVD to an avi file, and it somehow deleted my entire desktop. I've checked the recycle bin and none of the files are there. I've used a program called Recuva to recover some of the lost files, but now none of the videos have any sound. Do you know of any way I can recover all of my files, or will they just be lost forever?

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I had many problems with my computer so I reformated the hd, how can I recover some of my docs? Is there a way to recover my pics and docs using windows xp.

A:Recovering Old files

Try restoration its FREE

Good Luck

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My computer caught a bug last night that caused one of the .dll files to be deleted. I searched and the only option that sounded like it would work was to run a recovery of my Windows XP. I chose the option that would leave my files intact and just update the necessary windows files (forgive me for not using the technical names). It does it's thing, reinstalls, and I'm greeted with what looks to be a completely restored system. As in, none of my files are there like I was assuming they would be.

I check my hard drive space and notice that there is only 30gb left, which is roughly what it was before I recovered. I was able to locate my program installations under C:\My Backup -- 08-11-30 1136PM\Program Files, but still no sign of personal files (I've done a search as well). I had over 26GB of music, so I'm assuming that if it all was gone my disk space would be more than what it is now.

I do have a recovery drive, but I don't know what it's there for.

Thanks in advance! :)

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When you do the search, under advanced options, check search in system folders, and also check search for system and hidden files.

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I recently had a problem with my computer and had to reformat my hard drive to get my system working again. The thing is, I have two hard drives, one that I used for my program files, and one that I used to save important files. I accidently erased the wrong hard drive and deleted some very important files. Is there any way to recover these files??

I have Windows XP operating system.

I'm desperate! Please help!!

A:Recovering Files

Some well regarded freeware that has a good chance of recovering a re-formatted drive or at least some significant files:http://www.pcinspector.de/Sites/file_recov....htm?language=1http://www.recuva.com/http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDiskIn situations where free software is unsuccessful, or only partially, I've seen numerous statements that GetDataBack succeeded, however this is not free software. But the demo will determine what the program could recover for you.http://www.runtime.org/Some of the advice regarding file recovery is general, and applies to attempting recovery using any software:http://www.runtime.org/recoverability.htm

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My computer died about a week ago.

some investigation fo the problem, aided by the windows ultimate boot CD led me to believe that the partition table had been damaged or become corrupt due to a head crash. after using PC inspector file recovery to scan for logical drives, i found my old (logical) drive.
A brief inspection of the files confirmed that this was the old drive, and filled with joy i clicked on the documents and settings subfolder to extract my personal files.

only to recieve a blank folder.

I dont think that the entire documents and settings folder has been wiped, as this would be impossible condsidering its size, im looking for advice regarding a tool that might be better suited to recovering files, or even just restoring the partition table enough for me to get my files off.

one constraint, i cant put the drive in slave mode as i do not have the components neccessary to do so, any programs i use need to be bootable.

i dont need nor want to format as i already have a new drive to put in.

i desperately need help. most of my threads seem to sink under the swell of new threads but i shall not allow this one to

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an update, ive set PC inspector file recovery to scan all sectors for lost files, this might solve the problem, let me know if it feasably could

update of the update: the scan initially indicated it woudl take 2 years to complete, it is now at 3 months till completion and dropping fast...

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Hey I have a laptop that has windows xp media edition installed. I can't get it to boot in regular mode or safe mode. I was wondering if I install windows xp home onto a different partition than the media edition if I will be able to recover my documents from the partition that has the media edition installed?

A:Recovering Files

easiest way would be to run hirens boot cd, get it here: http://www.hirensbootcd.org/ and burn it to a disc.

boot to the disc by going into the bios and setting the disc drive as the first boot device or simply press whatever f key your asked to press to access the boot menu.

once loaded simply load mini windows xp to access all your files and transfer them.

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windows 2000 won't boot because of a corrupt file. can i recover business files by hooking the drive up as a slave in my other system?

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Yes, the same thing happened to me recently, you could also reinstall win2000, or use the win2000 cd to recover the corrupt file. Do this by booting the PC with the install disk in the drive(make sure that you BIOS settings are setup to look to the CD drive before the Hard Drive)then choose the "Repair Windows installation", instead of the "Install Windows" option.

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Hi all

I deleted some files from my recycle bin. I purchased a product called 'undelete' and could see my deleted files via scan.

Then, I went to 'recover' and all my .jps and .gifs turned to 'unregsieted .und' files.

What is a und file? and can it be recovered?

Many thanks
sorry, didnt know where to post this one.

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Does the undelete software need to be purchased before you can recover the files? "Unregistered .und" sounds like you need to get a license first.

This software is free if you want to give it a try:
Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download
Glary Undelete

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So today I downloaded Recuva to recover some files that I had deleted and it worked. But I saw files and pictures that I have never deleted before and they were never on my computer. What are they?
Thanks in advance.

A:Recovering Files

They could be from applications that you uninstalled.

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Hi there Guys,
Im having a big problem with my computer.Am havin two 80GiG HDDs.
I recently formatted my HDD so as to install a new Win xp onto my computer.But i accidently deleted my other HDD too..i didnt format the other HDD just deleted the partition only.How can i recover all my mp3,txt and all my other files without having to loose any data? Is there any freeware software or any way i can recover my data?

Please Advise and thanks guys..need to get my data as i have some assignments to hand in school..

A:Need help regarding recovering files...

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I accidentally killdisk'd my EHD yesterday, I managed to stop it before it deleted anything. But the pc doesn't read my EHD anymore, I tried it on other pc's and it still wont read it. I can't access it even from cmd. Please tell me there is still a chance to recover my files

A:Need help on recovering files from EHD

update: my friend got it to run on the device management, and it showed up as Unallocated, then he tried to create an extended partition, and told me that all the files was already removed. is there really no chance at all?

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A friend of mine, came to me with a cd he had burned something in 2003. The identifiers he had written simply said back media #3
He said he believed he had backed up copies of some pictures.

Upon loading the cd the only file accessible is a small re-me fill saying back. When you open this it says the files were backed up to this cd using a back program and that you will need to use the program to recover them.

Problem is can't see the files at all, don't remember what program he saved them in or with. He is pretty sure the program had the backup file built in, but given it was so long ago likely to be on a computer long gone.

Is there anyway to open, see, obtain or recover files you can see but you know are there? I swear my friends do this just to see if I can solve their problems and go bald pulling my hair out!


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Does it by chance say what the file types are?

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I had to use the recovery console to try and repair windows because computer crashed. It wouldn't let me repair it because i had windows xp sp3 installed, but it gave me an option to save it on the hard drive and created a folder called my backup. How can i restore this file. it has all my pictures on it and everything else.
windows xp home edition sp3!!! im going crazy

A:Recovering files????

Hello tabdaven,

here is a link to a program that you can use to scan your system for lost files and it will make it so you can recover them


it comes with instrction how to use it & if they are corrupt it will repair them

its all in the way you tell it what to do

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I had to format my computer recently, and I was able to retrieve many files with a program called Pandora. However, it only finds select file types i.e. .zip, .doc, .exe, .jpg, etc... and not file types I still want. They are:

.htm, .html - probably used for other programs, but I mainly want firefox files back, such as bookmarks

.rar - similar to .zip

.deh, .bex - 'dehacked' additions to playing classic doom

.pdf - adobe acrobat

.bak, .proc, .cm, .map, .script - map information for doom 3 maps

.txt - notepad

My computer info (though this seems likely to be irrelevant) is:
C521 Dell, Windows XP
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual
Core Processor 3800+
2.00 GHz, 1.00 GB of RAM
Does anyone know of any programs that can retrieve at least some of the file types I mentioned above? Thanks in advance.

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Hello mtres7 and welcome.I have heard good things about recover my files http://www.recovermyfiles.com/ sadly not free.There are some good freeware alternatives http://www.snapfiles.com/Freeware/system/fwdatarecovery.html

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I have a Z710.   Today I downloaded the new premium Avast antivirus and when it auto restarted after the antivirus loaded my computer would not load.. I restarted it numerous times and wouldn't load the OS.. So i finally used the onekey recovery. I did'nt know it would delete all my files.. How can I recover the files that I had. I have countless irreplaceable documents.. Please help

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