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Q: Recovering from Botched Data Backup...

please forgive me if this is extremely long-winded. it's 3 weeks worth of trial and error, very tedious, but if anyone's willing to help me i want to try and explain it so that they hopefully have all the information and hopefully it makes sense.

...i was trying to burn all my precious data to cd, when i stupidly "cut" (not even copied) the files and pasted them to the drive, and never officially wrote them to the cd - and, because i don't know anything, i thought that was enough and i was done. but when i took the cd to my other computer, there were only shadowy images of the containing folders and all the files ...and when i opened the individual files, the data looked like gibberish (symbols) .
then, before i could do any sort of data recovery on the originating computer, disaster struck - unmountable boot volume error - and, i assume all the efforts made to get the machine functioning again, probably overwrote data ...plus, due to a misunderstanding, i have since also done a system restore and had to use the computer too.

now... i've run quetek file scavenger but probably did that the wrong way, too. the program showed a choice of drives (a, floppy; c, main; d, dvd; e, cd burner and... drive 0, with 38gb in parenthesis beside it) and... in my uninformed reasoning i thought drive 0 would have the largest contents so i selected that one. then .......i didn't know where to recover the files to. i bought a flash drive and it appears as both F and G drives, F says "u3 system" and G says "removable disk" so, i blindly picked and chose G "removable disk".
the program did its thing (and threw up a few errors. it said a few files could not be recovered to the selected volume because they did not belong there, and i, of course, don't know what that means) and, i don't know if i even did this the right way or recovered anything to the right drive.
i want to mention that, i originally tried to move like 875 files to the cd, yet the recovery program came up with DOUBLE that amount (like, duplicates), so... (this is hard for me to explain) could it be possible that some of the recovered files are those same ones that were left unwritten in the cd burning directory, but the others are duplicates of those that were just deleted in the typical way (which i'm hoping, stand a better chance)?
...i held my breath and tried to view a few of the (i think?) recovered files, the few that i checked came up the same as the ones not successfully written to the cd, but maybe those are just the ones that i left in the cd burner drive, not manually deleted, and maybe some of them are okay?
...i trust the advice of everyone here, so ...do i need to try again but do things differently, or is there anything else/any other program or method i can try, or... do you think all my data was just too far gone and i should give up and try to move on with my life ...please break it to me gently?

many many thanks~ princi*

Preferred Solution: Recovering from Botched Data Backup...

I recommend downloading and running DRP. It's a recovery tool that has been proven to recover files that most other programs have no luck with. I've even recovered files from freshly formatted or partitioned drives.

You can download it direct from this link http://goo.gl/v51TwD. (This link will automatically start a download of DRP that you can save to your computer.)

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I've been getting ready for a disk replacement after 7 1/2 years but the disks arrived too late to avoid anything problematic.

My external HDD gave a cylindrical error while reading some data in a program so I knew this was going to be the end of it. I tried to avoid running chkdsk and suffer so I had time to backup but my harddrives won't come in the mail until tomorrow. I tried to navigate to the directory that gave the cylindrical error and half the files couldn't be found, as expected, going back the entire file tree containing couldn't be found either so I tried running chkdsk anyway and just go with it but it couldn't "load a RAW partition", so the boot sector of the drive failed, without thinking I shut off the drive and turned it back on.
Big mistake because now nothing loads at all.

I tried chkdsk /R, which did not work.

I downloaded testdisk and I'm running an analysis right now, its working, but extremely slowly (has been running for more then a day and is at 1%) and often gets stuck on a cylinder for several minutes to half an hour often resulting in a read error.

I have EasUS Partition Manager Pro 10.5 and HDD Regenerator as well if this does not help.

I'm not really familiar with testdisk, I never used it before, I did read the "manual" but that's only describes one scenario, mine already differs from whats on the site so I could use some help in how to fix this so I can access my data, copy and paste everything to the new HDD... Read more

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Hello There!!
 I am new in the page, so I hope to find someone to help me. Accidentally I had done a human error after a problem with sound in my inspiron N4010 I tried to do a recovery factory but I didn't a backup of all my important files so that I lost all my information now. That I did. I used Dell datasafe local backup application to restore drivers, the hard drive was formatted and re-installed all of the software originally shipping on my computer, this didn't fix the sound problem and the worst using basic Dell Datasafe mode basic. not returned me all files. so that I lost important files. I will be appreciating a lot if someone can post here how can I recover data? what software should I use?  How can I do it? it is possible to recove lost data?
Thanks in advance 

A:Recovering Data after formatted Hard drive and reinstalled OS using Dell datasafe local backup application

You can try a free utility such as Recuva, but it's likely to be only partially successful at best.  If you must have the data back, and it's worth the cost, contact a data recovery service - it will likely cost a few hundred dollars but they are the best-chance option for getting the data back.

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Dear Friends.
Hope this finds you well!
I'm not certain this is in the best forum, but it is a Windows 7 computer
I was trying to do another sets of DVD's from existing MP4 files from a SanDisk Ultra 32GB card. These would then be used with DVD Flick and ImgBurn to make the DVD's. The first(2) DVD's worked well but somehow a few of the files were not copied entirely. So, I was redoing these again to make certain I had ALL the files for the next (2) DVD's.
These are files my older brother entrusted to me for me to convert them to a DVD format. They are files of his daughters nearly entire basketball season [frames] of about 70 files and were sentimental to him and his daughter.
I feel personally responsible to correct this if it is at all possible!? It could get ugly
It was an honest error on my part as I mistakenly deleted what was titled Video 100 on the SanDisk which contained all these MP4 files. I didn't realize I was removing them from the SanDisk. I'm hoping there is a free date recovery app I could use for this one application so that an expensive license would not be required!?
Thank You in advance for your care, compassion and cooperation. I'm stuck in the mud...
Very Truly Yours,
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8400 @ 2.26GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3983 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 45 Express Ch... Read more

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Please can someone help.In my Lenovoe G50-45,     Initially I had installed windows 7 on it as I hated win 8.1., I upgraded it during the free year to Windows 10 Home, and then decided I needed more room, so I upgraded the hard drive to a 2TB 7mm Firecude Hybrid drive. and then I bought an upgrade to Win 10 Pro.Anyway, I cant remember the partitioning info I ended up with, as I can't remember if I Ghosted it or did a fresh Win 10 install, and then the Win 10 Pro upgrade. A few weeks ago, I had suspicions that the drive was going faulty, so I ran some Seagate tests, and also others, and they all indicated that doom was not far away, so I did a ONEKEY image ( a USERS Backup ) on an externat 2tb backup drive.   However, I am now u able to use this as I keep getting the message " THE PROGRAMME CANNOT RESTORE THE SYSTEM PARTITION BECAUSE IT'S STRUCTURE IS INCORRECT.  YOU MAY HAVE TO RECREATE THE PARTITION TO CONTINUE. "    ( aS SHOWN IN THE PICTURE.) All I have that may help is a file called " Backup.wsi ",  But it is gobbledegoock to me.Can anyone PLEASE help.  I forgot to mention.  I do have a RECOVERY USB Stick, which sets the laptop back to factory settings, with Win 8.1, and all the partitions, which, including the hidden ones, I think there are about 5 or 6. I have just received a replacement 2TB Firecuda drive from Seagate under warranty, so please could someone decode the  info to English,... Read more

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I will openly admit I don't have 100% of the details in this case. As far as I know, this person used the windows backup system to backup his mydocuments/mypictures to a dvd. This isn't supported by Microsoft, but apparently it didn't stop him from doing it. However, it is not possible to use the windows backup tool to restore that data. This is a known bug, which microsoft of course says is working as intended.

Tonight I got the DVD from him, hoping I could do something with it. However, neither of my computers are able to find anything to even read from on it. If I had to guess I would say the dvd is corrupted. Is there any way I would be able to recover the backup file from the dvd, so I can at least try and get SOMETHING out of it? Apparently the files are EXTREMELY important to this person, to the point of costing him his marriage.

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I'm have an 160GB Intel X25-M SSD installed in my Dell Laptop running Win8 64-bit. I created a backup image on an external HDD which I would like to update and then perhaps have the need to recover to the updated image if the recently discussed problem with update KB2862772 should occure. Click here to view the TSG post discussing the problem.

My question regards whether recovering from a backup image to an SSD requires one run a secure erase on the SSD prior to doing so? In my research so far it been implied one should not only do a secure erase (GParted was recommended), but also create a partition table and create the required partitions. This all seems unnecessarily complex and I would like to hear what TSG members have to say on the subject.

Thanks to all who respond.

A:Recovering backup image to SSD

You don't need to do a secure erase, secure erase should only be done in certain situations where the drive is not performing up to par or having issues.

If you are making an image, and not a clone, then you will need to create and format a partition on the drive to store the image on. If you are cloning then no partitions are required as the clone will handle all that. But an image is the way to go for backups.

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I have a Quantum 10gb hard drive. When in Fdisk, it says Non-Dos partition with no valid file system listed. How do I get the data off this drive? It is not accessible when hooking up as a master or slave.

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are you wanting to install an operating system on this drive?
if so you can boot with the 2k/xp cd rom and format/install from there........without using a boot floppy.

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I need to recover important data from a hard drive i formatted. I used partition magic to do it, so i believe it only deleted the header info. Is there a way to restore the header information? If I need to restore the data, what program do you recommend? I have go back but is there something that is better? How do you recommend I go about this?


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These 2 are among the best:

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html (Click "Other" and "Scan all clusters".)

The only possible solution for the "unformatting" that I know of would be to run this program to create a floppy, boot from it, and run pr.exe at the prompt. Have it scan for partitions and file systems that may still be on the drive and repair them. But use the recovery programs first to see if you can get your data from the partition in case the repair makes things worse (It has been known to happen).


Other possibilities are the "unformat" and "mirror" commands in DOS:



This program works very well, but it is doubtful that it works any better then the free alternatives I have listed:


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Hello forum.

Thank you for having such a great resource!

I'm not too sure this is in the correct forum, if not I apologize. I have a windows XP machine that has data recovery software installed on it. I have a external drive (HFS+) that can no longer mount on a Mac. My data recovery software can see all the data, the problem arises when I attempt to save that data to a new exernal. Since XP sees the new external as NTFS, I cant copy the HFS+ files to it. Is there a work around to this?

Thank in advance


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Evening team,

I was repartitioning a 3 NTFS partitioned 1,5tb drive down to one partition via win 7 Disk Management tool. I successfully shrank one of the partitions. After shrinking the second partition, win 7 had a hiccup and reported the remaining single partition is now in a 'RAW' format. I still have data on the drive that i would like to recover prior to reformatting it.

Apparently, on reading up about "RAW' files, the data is still there. What i would like to do is to somehow view the data and extract portions of it at a time to other smaller hds. From what i has read i can only extract everything to another 1.5tb drive, which i just don,t have available. If i can find a solution, i will eventually reformat and reuse my 1.5tb drive.

So my question is:

How can i extract portions of data from a "raw" drive to a second smaller drive?

Thanks for looking

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You could try Recuva (free) file recovery.

Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

If that doesn't work there are also other paid programs that may work.
There may be other free programs, I'm not sure.

I used "[email protected] UNDELETE", and it worked very well for me.
They have a free TRIAL program, so you can see what can be restored and restore very small files.
It does cost for the version that can restore all files.

UNDELETE Files - [email protected] UNDELETE Software recovers deleted files, folders & partitions

hope this helps

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I have a hard drive on another computer where the motherboard went down. I have ordered another motherboard, memory, processor, etc. Am I going to be able to recover all data on the hard drive?

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My mother board went out on my old computer. I got the hard drives out and bought a Diablotex SSD to USB 3.0 Sata Adapter to get my music off the old hard drive. The drive will show up in disk management but it is write protected so I cannot initialize it. I am pretty handy with computers but don't know where to go from here. I had everything backed up except my music.
An help is greatly appreciated.
In Windows 7

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I killed my laptop
I pulled the harddrive and connected it to my desktop to retrieve data and I've been able to get all my documents, but I can't figure out how to get to the mail store (I had some saved messages in Outlook). Can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks in advance.

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Windows was repaired on a machine and the user profile seems to have been erased....

What software do you guys recommend for recovery?

Get back data for ntfs?
EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard?
Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery Software?

Some other software?

Hdd was running XP.


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I hope that you understand to turn off that machine - NOW.

Connect the drive to another working machine.

Many here use Recuva. I use File Scavenger and/or Recover My Files (I have each on different machines).

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Hi everyone, I was wondering which program/s you use to recover data off a corrupt or formatted hard drives. Say you had photos you needed to get back or what about general files, say doc. files, do you use the same program or is one program better for certain files than another? Ive used Recover my Files in the past with vering results.
Would be interested to read your opinions.

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Unformat C:

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I recently copy and pasted my laptop's hard drive local disk data on my external hard drive. I then deleted all the data on my hard drive. How can I put all the copy and paste data back? Or is it impossible and I need to reinstall everything? I also copied the "Users" folder, can I at least restore everything on my background? Also, when I right click my windows background, the graphic card options aren't there anymore. I deleted the data and used a Window 7 Installation Disk to recover. I dont seem to have any security either. Do I need to buy all of them again?
I'm not sure what its called, so the thing I'm calling background has the options Screen Resolutions, Gadgets, and Personalize when you right click on it.

A:Help with recovering data

All of the data, not programs, that are on your hard drive can be copied back to your internal drive.
Programs will have to be reinstalled one by one
You should not have to repurchase any of the programs you currently own, developers understand crashes
Keep us posted

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I had to reinstall my Vista due to an accidental Os deletion. All my data is on a lost partition. I used the program findandmount to mount the lost partition on a virtual hd disk drive. But I can't chkdsk on it because it's write protected. How do I get into that drive?

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you can create a bootable USB via some data recovery software, booting from which you may be able to recover the data on the lost partition. Use Runtime Live CD or Easeus data recovery Win PE edition. but data recovery is always not 100% guaranteed.

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my problem is that i had windows XP installed on my pc then after a while it started geting slow due to number of programs and less storage space and perhaps a few viruses as well. then it would hangup as soon as i log in to the windows so i had to install another version of windows XP. I did so but when the new version scanned the drive that had previous window (XP) it did something with the clusters either removed them or deleted them (i dont remember) so nw i have lost all my folders that i earlier had on that drive i.e. folders made on desktop or "my documents". Only the non window folders are there but all the data i stored in window related folders is gone, as all the folders are gone as well, but the catch is that the space of that drive is still occupied, can you find me any way that i can recover my files??? please please help me

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i use a xp based system. i have a 80 gb hard disk with four 4 partitions all NTFS.

the system notified my that a file is corrupt and that i need to run a chkdsk,
instead of running the utility i decided to do a cold reboot cos i was hoping the checkdisk would run since it wasnt shutdown properly. but as it turns out a disk read error occured and the system wasnt booting-up.

i tried using the recovery(repair) console option after booting using an xp cd but wen i run chkdsk i got an error message wich said the disk had two or more unrecoverable errors(i dnt exactly remember the correct message but its pretty close to this)

so then i decided to format the c drive and reinstall the os. after installation i found out some files from drives d e f have been lost.

plz help me out i have lost a few very important files. and if theres any chance of recovering file from the c drive that would be a bonus.

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I have had a SATA HDD for about 2 years and never backed up silly I know.
With numerous problems in the past month being solved I know have a very slow computer that takes literally half an hour to boot - and this is with a clean install.

Someone has suggests that I need to delete the MBR and start all over again.

Fair enough, but I have some files that I need to keep. I have tried to back them up to a networked computer, even copying and posting them. But to no avail.

I think that there are too many bad sectors so this just keeps on throwing up errors and causing the action to terminate.
So, I need to recover the data that is on an 80GB HDD that is partitioned into two 40Gig drives. It is the second partition that I need recovered - I dont care about the first.
I have tried Hard Drive Mechanic but this is only for IDEs.

I have one 15GB IDE drive thats ancient - cant remember the last time I used with windows installed on it to try and recover data.

Any help will be most appreciated.

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I purchased Norton's Ghost 10.0 to take images of my hard drive and to back up my files.

Using it as a recovery disk, you boot from it. It has a little know utility which allows it to analyse the drive and list the programs, files etc.

You can then select the drive you want to save them to.

It saved my butt, when I partitioned my C drive when I reinstalled Windows and my second "data" drive did not show up as a drive.

I had taken an image of my C drive but not my "data" drive.

The recovery disk of Norton's Ghost was able to recover all my files.

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This probably isn't really a Windows question but I can't find a better place to put it.

I'm trying to recover files from a Dell laptop that won't boot into Windows. I think the partition is corrupt but I don't know enough to say for sure. When I try to boot normally, it says "NTLDR is missing".

When I use a Windows installation disk (as if I were going to install or repair Windows), and I get to the part where it asks me to choose a partition, it shows the partition as "C: Unknown" where the other partitions (from Dell) are FAT or FAT32. When I run Ubuntu off of a LiveCD, I can see a "52.1 GB Volume: disk", but when I try to open that it tells me "The folder contents could not be displayed". The DellRestore and DellUtility partitions can be browsed normally.

What are my best options for trying to recover the data?

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(Moderator edit: post moved to more appropriate forum. jgweed)

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You can use the Ultimate Boot CD to burn the data to CD or DVD. If you have the room on the C: partition you could use UBCD to drag&drop your files from the second partition to the primary partition, format the second partition and move the files back.

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Have had an XP system crash in notebook - can't enter XP in standard or safe mode. Need to recover data from the drive. Pulled the drive, installed as a slave in my Desktop system, and can access the drive data using the Desktop's XP system. However, the Documents and settings user directory I need to access is "not available". A tech I spoke with says this is a security function of XP - becuase there was a password set for the USER ID in the notebook's operating system, even as ADMINISTRATOR on the Desktop system, I don't have rights to access the protected data.

Anyone know of a workaround to access those directories so I can copy off the data before reformatting and reloading the drive?

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Where can I find the descriptive definitions of the “reason codes” reported in the Activity Logs when a Backup fails? I have searched all of the DELL site and non-DELL URLS.
Errors with undefined “reason codes: 2, 5 and 32” are reported under the Activity Logs when using the current DELL Backup and Recovery software (Version ran as Administrator in Windows 10 (Version 10.0.10586 Build 10586)
Data Backu- - <date at time>
An error occurred during the process
Scheduled Backup No
Multiple files Yes
The following files were not backed up:
C:\Users\Pat\AppData\Local\Comms\Unistore\data\0000000a000000031013.dat (reason code: 2)
C:\Users\Pat\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\16.0\OfficeFileCache\CentralTable.accdb (reason code: 32)
C:\Users\Pat\VeriSign Root Certificates\DS_Store (reason code: 5)
OS Name - Microsoft Windows 10 Pro – Version 10.0.10586 Build 10586
System Type - x64-based PC
DELL Backup and Recovery – Dbr.exe – Version – 04-JAN-2016
DELL Update Tray – DellUpTray.exe – Version
DELL Update Service – DellUpService.exe – Version

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Hello Everyone,

I am new to the form and in some very desperate need of help!

I backed up my computer a while ago using the Windows 7 back up feature onto a 1TB drive that I have. I then switched over to windows 8.1 and was not thinking and deleted my back up from windows 7. I have majority of the files but there are some files that I am trying to recover via "Recuva". I am trying to recover a my engagement video that I recorded, .mov file. It says that is excellent state and then I recover it, how when I recover it there is no video, the sound is all messed up, and the movie is 6 hr long. It seems that I am recovering a file that windows coded/encrypted because it was a backup file. Is there any way to recover a windows back up file that was deleted?

A:Help recovering deleted backup files

Try PhotoRec to recover the file and check whether it is error-free. I have atleast one report from a user here stating while most other recovery software did a bad job with media files with lots of fudge, PhotoRec recovered those clean.The scan may take a longtime. Do not lose your patience.

Guide to using PhotoRec recovery software.

(Just follow the steps under the heading Recovery)

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I have a Dell inspiron 6000 laptop, with XP sp3 installed. I was using AVG antivirus and I (I stress the I) told it to fix items with warnings and it crashed instantly.Now I get th lsass.exe And it says indicates object not found and then reboots endlessly. I have read about the virus that also causes this but am sure I wrecked my system. I have tried reccommendations that I can handle and failed to fix the problem.I just ordered the cables to remove and recover my data from my hard drive. I am now ready to begin.What I need are any suggestions or cautions when removing the hard drive and recovering the data. The cables are from Cables to Go and come with simple instructions. I am using USB 2.0 to ide or sata drive adapter. This set connects to 2.5, 3.5, and 5.25. The reason for this choice is I have a couple compaq desktops I need to remove data from later.The other question is what data, aside from my documents should I recover. I have most of the software to reinstall and keys. A link to a step by step would be great. Items such as personal settings etc., would be helpful.I also have had dell send me the setup discs to return my laptop to factory settings and then I will need to update drivers.The laptop has been a bit unstable and I installed and unstalled a lot of programs so a clean install would be the best solution I guess. Thanks in advance for and help and have a great day.mindnova

A:What Do I Look For When Recovering Data From Crash

I would avoid exporting personal settings, etc as they may have been corrupted and transferring them will cause problems that are difficult to solve. Just backup your data and leave the settings for when you reinstall Windows. This is especially true if you suspect an infection. Don't forget to scan the backed up data with an updated antivirus program in case there's any of them hiding in your data folders.*******In Windows XP there's a folder named "Documents and Settings".In that folder are your user profiles along with several other profiles- All Users is the profile that everyone uses when logging on - so there may be stuff stored in the Shared Documents/Pictures/etc folders there- Default User is used to setup profiles - but nothing should be stored in there.- There's likely an Administrator profile that may or may not have stuff in it- Check the My Documents folders on the other profiles to see if it contains stuff that you need.At work we find it simpler to backup the entire Documents and Settings folder if there's sufficient storage space available.Also, if you use an email client (like Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, Thunderbird, etc) you'll want to backup your emails. If you get your email on the web (like from Yahoo, MSN, gMail, etc) then this won't be necessary unless you've downloaded it to your computer.Also, I've found that some tax/accounting software may not save to your My Documents folders - so if you use ... Read more

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i am using windows 7 operating system and i have an external harddrive that used to be my primary. when attempting to access it through my external hd enclosure it mostly asks me to format it and shows the drive under "my computer" as just a drive with no current/maximum drive capacity and trying to open the drive results in a cyclic redundancy check error. ocassionally when plugging in the drive or changing its drive letter from drive management i get the "scan and fix or continue without scanning" promp and when i choose continue without scanning it allows me to access the drives contents. i have finally freed up enough space on my primary harddrive to backup the drives data but cannot seem to get the scan and fix prompt to show up again :[ is there any way to force it to ask to scan and fix instead of asking to format so i can recover the files? all the information i can seem to find online about it only tells me how to disable the autoplay so it no longer asks ... but i want it to ask so i can remove the data then reformat the drive fully. is there any way you can help?

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Hi there. I have a 1 TB WD My Book external harddrive. I recently dropped it and now it's stopped working. My Sony laptop doesn't recognize it at all. However, when I go to Devices and Printers, I see the the My Book icon there. The hard drive's still spinning, and the white light comes on when I plug the power adapter in.

At this point, I'm just worried about getting all the data off of there. I'm an amateur photographer and have about 4 years of photos and videos in there! Someone tell me that there's hope out there, anything using testdisk or whatever? Thanks in advanced!

A:Need Help Recovering Data From 1 TB WD My Book

I have a 1 TB WD My Book external harddrive. I recently dropped it and now it's stopped working.Click to expand...

you may have broken the drive or possibly the control unit for the drive ?

it maybe worth seeing if you can take the unit apart and remove the harddrive and see if you can then reconnect the hard-drive to a PC and use it.
there are quite a few USB to IDE/SATA adapters available to do that

this is not a recommendation, as i have not used this cable - but to provide an example

you then connect the USB to your PC and the power and connection to the drive

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I recently contracted some spyware and since my anti virus wasn't responding and my computer was noticeably slower, I accidentally performed a system recovery instead of a system restore and lost all of my previously saved documents and settings. A backup folder was created but none of my old files are there. Is there any way to recovery these? I'm sure I'll be notified if any more information is required.

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Does the backup folder contain everything from your previous version of your master drive? Look in the Backup/Documents And Settings and see if your user data is there. If it is there, make note of the folder's name. Create a new user with that name and then copy the folder to your current /Documents And Settings folder.

If the user name is the same, you must make a new temp profile and login to that profile. Be sure to give it administrative privileges. Once you log into that, delete the profile that has the same name and recreate it. Copy the backed up user profile to the current /Documents And Settings and log off the temp profile. Log into the restored profile.

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So, my corporate desktop was originally assigned to me with the previous user's login information. Today, when an error was discovered on the account, the IT dept, via T.V., decided to add a new account with my information. I asked why he didn't just change the UN + PW for the existing Login that I was already using. He said that he could not do that. Now, I was able to move all of my User folder data over, but all existing Logins(Citrix) and Firefox data is no longer working. How can I recover this from the other account? Or is possible, as I originally asked, to just change the previous UN + PW Login information in the registry for the previous account.

Your help is greatly appreciated.



A:Need help recovering user data

Hi James -

If you can find the location where Citrix, Firefox and any other missing program data is stored (I ask Google) in the old account, you can bypass permissioning using Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console or Paragon rescue disk to recover data.

Then often you can just paste that data into the exact same folder>file in new account.

I've been able to retrieve any data this way except encrypted.

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I'm trying to recover files from an IDE drive from a dead computer. I've hooked it up in my computer as a slave drive, it's visible in both my bios and in My Computer as drive D, but when I attempt to access or explore the drive Windows tells me that the drive is unformatted and tries to prompt me to format it... but of course I don't want to loose the data. Both the old computer and my current one use Windows XP Pro. Any idea how I can get to the files on that hard drive without formatting it?

A:Recovering data on old IDE drive

System Specs, including OS?

System Specs, including OS of the dead computer?

Was the old drive a boot drive?

Are you confident that the drive is safe/clean?
(ie no virus/malware - up to date with AV, etc, and clean scans).

Your answers may affect recommendations for how to approach.

In anycase... DO NOT Format!
You will loose your data if you do.

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Hi all.

It is a second WD hdd that was not in use for ages, but connected to the motherboard.

Windows won't recognize the hdd or will recognize as a CD-Drive.

At random i could access the HD again but only with Recuva software. It seems my files are all there, i started copying them with Recuva but the hdd was VERY slow and making loud noises. The PC accidentally turned off and now i'm back to the point where i can't even access it but it shows as a CD-Drive.

A:Any chance of recovering the hdd data?

I would say that your chances are very slim
hdd was VERY slow and making loud noises.Click to expand...

a sure sign of serious problems
Either a failing/now failed read write arm
OR a failing/failed drive to the platters

Although an old article the principle of all mechanical hard drives is the same

The read/copy with recuva has I think sent it over the edge - not that you had a lot of choice

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I am hoping and praying that one of you may be able to help me, this is an emergency. I have a charter.net email account... I receive email through their site but have incredimail installed on my computer for daily use. I had folders set up to save all my receipts and transactions online. I received in excess of 100 emails from someone who has now defrauded me and every single one of those emails implicate him and prove his guilt, and a lawsuit is now pending... now for my problem... my husband decided to reformat my hard drive and he thought he saved all the folders and contents to my removeable zip drive, but when he went to reinstall them as he had done before the file was overwritten. Is there any way whatsover of ever recovering these email messages from anywhere? I need these badly to prove his guilt and more importantly my innocence and to retrieve the funds he stole from me. HELP PLEASE!!!


A:Recovering Lost Data

Stop using the computer and get the drive to a pro. It can most likely be retrieved. If you want to try it yourself there are programs designed to do it but remember this. Everything you do and everything you write to that hard drive has the possiblity of overwriting the data. Then it is gone.

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Hi, I have just formatted my girlfriends laptop and I was so cautious not to lose any music or photos that I forgot about her uni work!

Does anyone know of a utility that I can use to recover the data, it was in my documents so hopefully the re installation of windows xp wont have over written that part yet.

Any help will be very much appreciated! I am in big trouble as you can imagine!

A:Recovering Data after a format

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My Gaming PC broke down I am highly guessing is the processor which would always run really hot. Cant Complain since it lasted at least 3 years.

Anyways, right now, all I got left is my laptop. Is there a way I can pull out my old hard drive and get some data and put it on my laptop? I only need one file which is a text file that has my passwords for every site i joined on it.

I am guessing I need to find a way to connect the hard drive externally to my laptop using USB port and get the data i need.

Both my laptop and the harddrive I need to pull has Window Vista home edition installed on it.

A:Recovering Data From Old HardDrive

You could purchase an external HDD caddy suited to the interface of the hard drive (presumably it would be SATA) and then connect, as you said, via USB to the laptop.

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I had to have my hard drive cleaned up after a virus and beforehand I copied data onto Memorex CD-Rs. Several of them have worked fine and I've been able to put that data back onto my harddrive, but one in particular, and of course the one with the most important data, isn't working. When I insert it into my cd drive, it sows 231 MB free of 702 MB, but when I try to open it, there is nothing in the folder. Any suggestions to help me out? I'm not extremely gifted when it comes to technology but can follow instructions well, so the easier the better for me, and any help will be greatly appreciated.

A:recovering lost data

use recuva. it is free software...

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Just a quick question this time: does defragging my computer's hard drive make it more or less likely that I can recover deleted stuff from it? That is, defragging it after stuff has been deleted.


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can anyone help this idiot

having had a virus, get into our computer, i tried to fix using the system recovery disc, made when first bought the computer, all i managed to do ,was wipe EVERTHING off, lost pictures, college and university work, everything.

even though the computer is abck up and running, i have being told it is possible to retrieve those files ,we want, eeven though the hard drive has being wiped ???? is this true, and where can i get a program from, to do this?
or do i have to take it to someone to do this.

my life depends on this. as daughters are about to kill me

so please help...........

A:Recovering Data Files

Here is a guide...Note that you will need to look at step 7 for pointers as you have reformatted your drive. There are software versions listed that are free and others that you will have to pay for. They may or may not retrieve all of the information realistically. There are also professional services that recover data but they can be on the expensive side.http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/111937/ways-to-recover-your-data/

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I have a laptop here that someone started deleting things off from, and cancelled the process in the middle, because they realized they didn't want it deleted afterall. Sone of the files are in the original folders, and some of them are not. Some of them are missing now, and some of them aren't.

In summary, it deleted everything up to the point that they clicked the "Cancel" button. None of this stuff appears to be in the 'Recycle Bin'.

Is there any way at all it would be holding this stuff in memory somewhere on the drive. This is very sensitive material, that will be surely missed. I could use any ideas at all. Thanks!

A:Recovering Lost Data... :-?

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Please can someonehelp me please here. My Hp envy laptop stopped booting. I did the test and confirmed a failure of the TOSHIBA HDD 1TB. Someone advised me to attach the HDD through SATA to another functional laptop. On connecting to another laptop the data on my document appeared as shortcut and attempt to open it was unsuccessful.  It read ''access denied''. 

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How do people recover data that has been lost due to deleting or formatting on accident? Data such jpg, mpg, word, excel etc...... Is just a program you buy? If so, what is some of the better programs for the price. Of course free is even better

Thank you

A:Recovering lost data???

Here is a list of software related to your question. I haven't tried any of them so it may be worth reading the reviews.


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My XP E-machine died an untimely death. I purchased a new comp loaded with Vista.

In an attempt to get the data off the old XP hardrive, I conneced it via the ribbon cable to the new vista motherboard. I did this both jumped as a slave drive and unjumped as a master drive. To my great surprise and delight the drive loaded (a F Drive) and was visable in explorer file menu. I was able to recover the Outlook PST file without a problem from the Programs folder as well as all the other shared folder data which was not specifically filed under a users file folder.

When I attempted to open one of the three user file folders, the XP hard drive starts to make its normal cycling sounds and the computer shows that it is attempting to open the file folder but then continues to load without ever opening. Then I recieve an error message telling me I must have a password but not giving me the option to enter one.

How do I gain access to these file folders? Is it the standard "How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP" answer?

thanks in advance.

A:Recovering data from old XP hardrive

Hi and welcome to TSF.
Yes, that's almost certainly what it is. Do you know how to do this?

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I have a completely dead Win XP PC. I believe the HDD is Ok though. The only other PC's I have access to are running Win 98SE. Is there anyway I can recover some data files from the XP formatted HDD using a W98SE PC?


A:Recovering data from HDD on Dead PC

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Have a friends two 1TB external HDD's (LaCies) here as he asked me if I could get them going ? One is working fine the other is dead as - now the problem is how are we going to retrieve the data contained on the dead one. By dead I mean it doesn't spin up and I cannot find anyway of opening the enclosures to see if there are dry joints on the power in side.

I think he has a lot of pics and videos on it and as the one that is going is almost full I am thinking this one would be too.

Any ideas anyoen please?

A:Recovering data from external

Unfortunately, the only way you will find out if its the drive itself is to somehow get the casing open and try it in another enclosure, on the assumption you have swapped cables and ports etc.

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Im helping a friend and she has a flash drive. Im not sure how many gigs it holds,
however, she wants me to download the whole C drive on to this flash unit.
I think the c drive it too big..lol

Any ideas, Im fixing her computer in a bit.


A:Recovering Data Before Reinstalling Os

If the OS is still working the easiest way is to Set up a Slave HDD on her Machine and Copy the Data onto it. You will not be able to copy Windows XP on it I think? But all other Data will be fine. Remember to copy My Favourites and My Documents and Email Data?

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