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Can files be recovered from Win 7 drive after restart of Win 7 Install - Help?

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  • Started 1 year ago by Fidheal
  • Latest reply from Kelen
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Fidheal
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Ok...long story, with whining included.

So the computer wouldn't boot up anymore, the screen had lines on it (which should have been a big hint), safe modes wouldn't work, restore points didn't load, repair and recovery disks didn't work, everything kept erroring out and rebooting. After two days of trying everything I could think of and find, I located my Win 7 disks and tried to fix with that and that didn't work, leaving only the reinstall which I really didn't want to do. I gave up and started a reinstall but guess what, that errored out and wouldn't load. I tried it twice which I now reeeeaally wish I hadn't because my windows.old would be the original system. At this point I found an old HP PC Doctor disk which ran a bunch of low level tests and told me that something was haywire with the video card. Wish I had known that before starting the reinstalls... I bought a new card and it cleared up the video issues, but the Win 7 still didn't start. I got a Ubuntu ISO and booted off that. It loads fine, the computer works like a champ. So I can see the hard drive but both the windows and the windows.old are the two install attempts. All of the directories and files that I can see just look like your basic empty computer after initial install.

I know all my music and books and documents are sitting on the drive somewhere. The NTFS directory appears obliterated. Is there some other way to maybe recreate the directory? I really don't want to have to just reformat the drive so I can get WIN 7 to load. Yes I have a backup but it is from Aug 2010. After I shifted to 500GB disks I couldn't really make more backups as I would have needed TB of storage and at the time that was too expensive.

Oh... and my spousal unit is truly not happy right now.

Any uplifting thoughts?

Posted 1 year ago
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scorpion99
scorpion99
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hello,
If you are able to access your files , make a copy of them just to be on the safe side.
Did you try to boot with Windows 7 recovery CD and make a system restore to an old checkpoint???

Posted 1 year ago
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Fidheal
Posts: 3

The files that I want are not visible from Ubuntu. Documents folder is empty, downloads empty, pictures empty - all from the install attempt. Yes I tried the recovery cd, and I tried restoring to a bunch of different old checkpoints everything stopped dead and rebooted when it hit something related to the video issue. There are no checkpoints anymore once the new install started.

Posted 1 year ago
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whs
whs
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That is not a good scenario. Telling you what you should have done before you started mucking around is water under the bridge. The only chance is to use a data recovery program like Recuva ( http://filehippo.com/download_recuva/ ). Chances are 50/50 because you have written several times over your files.

Posted 1 year ago
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Fidheal
Posts: 3

Recuva runs under windows. I can't get windows running. I only have Ubuntu running fine. I need some restore app that runs under ubuntu, not windows.

Posted 1 year ago
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whs
whs
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I understand it works in Ubuntu thru Wine. Check with the people on the Ubuntu forum.

Posted 1 year ago
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Kelen
Kelen
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You can try adding the TestDisk package or download SystemRescueCD. Boot , select normal/default startup, when you get to a prompt type startx then you will get the gui and it makes it a little easier to use the tools. TestDisk is commandline based so you will need to look up the instructions wich you can use the web from the live cd anyways.

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