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by LANCE0 / October 7, 2006 11:38 AM PDT

Hi there... I reinstalled windows XP home because of the blue sceen of death.. After I was able to reboot.. All my files are now MIA.. I know they still exist on the hard drive due to the space filled.. How can get to these.. HELP!!!

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Back Up?
by Jherr201 / October 7, 2006 11:51 AM PDT

Did you back up your files to a CD or DVD before reinstalling the OS? When you reinstalled the OS, was it a raw install or were you attempting a repair?

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by LANCE0 / October 7, 2006 12:52 PM PDT
In reply to: Back Up?

I wanted to get XP to stop giving me the screen of death.. Tried the repair with no luck... Reinstalled and poof.. nor more files...

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Stop using that computer!
by John.Wilkinson / October 7, 2006 12:03 PM PDT

When you reinstall Windows you lose everything on that partition, be it programs or personal files. You may be able to recover the files using FreeUndelete or other file recovery software, but the more you use that hard drive the greater the chances of you overwriting those files and the less chance you have of ever getting those files back.

Good luck.

P.S. If you do get those files back make sure you back them up to prevent future loss.

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by LANCE0 / October 7, 2006 12:57 PM PDT

So.. time to suck it up and reformate the harddrive and start new... Sad

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you should have USED XP REPAIR MODE
by ask4anu / October 7, 2006 5:37 PM PDT

BUT JOHN IS RIGHT your DATA is gone FOREVER next time use the disk and make it frist boot in your bios then boot disk like you would install a fresh copy once in where u can see the root dirve CHOOSE repair mode then all it does is wipes out the os files and put everything back like it was only the os files are all new any time you use the low level format feature(reinstall) in any windows os IT WIPES THE DRIVE SECTORS CLEAN and install a new copy of the os

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by LANCE0 / October 10, 2006 2:19 PM PDT

Good news... I've invested in a data recovery program. Active @ Undelete. I was able to retreive the files I needed with the help of this program. Easy to use... Well worth it..

thankx for all the info...

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(NT) (NT) No problem
by ask4anu / October 13, 2006 4:51 AM PDT
In reply to: (NT) RECOVERED
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