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My computer crashed and I lost all my pics of all my cars and all my everything.

Does anybody here by any chance know how I could go into my hardrive to find stuff? I mean I need things excavated, nothings available at the time
 

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You can get an IDE or sata to usb connector from newegg.com and then connect it to a good computer. What happened when it crashed? did it freeze or what? what are the system specs?
 

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well it didnt exactly crash. (I dont know why I said that now that I think about it.
Here's the deal: I use windows XP, I was deleting files b/c naturally I have a ton of programs, pics, vids, etc and I apparently deleted a important boot file, and my computer wouldnt load, as soon as I turned it on it went to an error screen saying a particular file was not found and needed.
So I went through the computer's system recovery, and it reverted back to its original status, like it was new from the store with all the demo software and all that crap.
Everything I want was in a folder on my desktop, if anybody has any clue how I could access it let me know, cause like I said it's unavailable on my computer at this time, but I know nothings ever permanently deleted so I wanna try and get the stuff back, some of its real important, like these videos of me and my buddy who just died, that are irreplacable
 

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so you were able to start in safe mode? If you were that would have been the time to get all of the files you needed. Go to control panel and system recovery and there might be a way to revert back to how it way before you used system recovery. I doubt it though.

Did you use the XP CD to reinstall XP or system recovery in windows to revert?

If you reinstalled XP, you might be able to recover the files that were formatted over, but you will have to buy a program to do that. either way the chances are slim to none.

Good luck.
 

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First of all I would STOP using that computer until I found a way to find and recover those files. Because I'm pretty sure the "deleted files" are there, but it won't hesitate to write over them because they're not in the directory anymore. But you should be able to find them if they haven't been overwritten.

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Did you name the computer the same?

This happened to me.. I reformatted with one of the methods that claimed it *shouldn't* delete files. Reformatted, restarted, and fresh computer... minus all the files we needed. I mean wedding invitations (I designed them and have been printing them), MP3s, address lists, my fiancee and I's resumes, my design portfolio, ect.

I then found that some of the programs were still installed, so I snooped around a bit, and found that if I went into the windows folder, everything was there, just "my documents" become "my documents.LAPTOP" and there was also a folder "my documents.XXXX". I had renamed the computer "LAPTOP" so everything was stored to a different, umm, profile, if you will. You can try that, other than that, try plugging the drive into a good computer.
 

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Not true, they're still recoverable but at this point you really have to ask yourself how much you're willing to spend to get them back. A professional data recovery agency would have no problem getting them off your drive...and for an exorbitant price too. There are some programs out there that'll let you recover files that have been written over, but I don't know which ones work well and they tend to cost money.
 

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okay a few questions to be asked here

1. what brand is your computer?
2. was it a windows xp cd or some factory thing they packed with the machine?
3. check c:\documents and settings\ for other profile folders to see if your old one is still there
 

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its a HP
I used the pre-installed system recovery.
I didnt change the computers name I dont hink atleast, it didnt prompt me to name it again so IDK if its the same or not.
I'll have to see....
 

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If you used the hp system recovery ( which I have a hunch you did) then you formatted the drive. . all hope is not lost. but its not good. you should have stopped once you realized that you had goofed it up and got some opinions before overwriting the drive. . . . . .Like i said. . . I have ran a computer shop here in town for almost 8 years. If you want to pull the hard drive. . . and ship it to me ill see what i can do for you ..
 

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check the folder

c:\Documents and Settings\

in there, check to see which folders exist. There should be one that is similar to your account name. In that folder will be a desktop folder, that SHOULD ideally have what you're looking for.

If it was on your desktop, and you REVERTED back, it should be there. If you did a system recovery, 90% sure they'd be gone...
 

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toxiclows said:
If you used the hp system recovery ( which I have a hunch you did) then you formatted the drive. . all hope is not lost. but its not good. you should have stopped once you realized that you had goofed it up and got some opinions before overwriting the drive. . . . . .Like i said. . . I have ran a computer shop here in town for almost 8 years. If you want to pull the hard drive. . . and ship it to me ill see what i can do for you ..
I'll probably end up doin that, I looked under doc/settings file and there's no administrator or any other type of file, so its gonna be tuff getting them back anyway, but I appreciate the offer and once Im in a position to deal with it I will.
In the mean time, do I run the chance of further messin up my chances by DL'in stuff to my computer?
 

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In the mean time, do I run the chance of further messin up my chances by DL'in stuff to my computer?
YES. DO NOT DOWNLOAD FURTHER STUFF! Your hard drive reuses sectors after having been wiped, the more that computer is used (Even moving folders) the more damage you're doing to your chances of getting back the old data.

Also, if you didn't reformat (how long did the process take?) check into C:\Windows\ - I'd search the folder for any file name or just any picture/video you had and see what it pulls. I was thinking its \Windows\Desktop\#username# but I'm not seeing any of that on my workstation.
 
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