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I screwed up when I "re" installed Windows XP! Can anyone rescued me?

By Spy10021
May 11, 2006
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  1. This morning I couldn't get Windows XP to boot and tried at least 20 times (selected "Normal", "safe-mode", "Same as last time" etc). Nothing worked so I got the brilliant idea to reinstall Windows XP.

    Installation worked fine, but now all my former document, files, programs etc. are missing! Obviously, I didn't install it correctly (probably should have selected a "repair" or "reinstall" somewhere along the way...)

    Is there any way for me to recover everything I had on my C drive (documents, photos, programs, etc) or did my installation write over everything?

    Thanks in advance for ANY advice!

    CXindy
     
  2. ultraviolet

    ultraviolet TS Rookie

    There are many file recovery programmes, do a google search. Get a free trial of a professional one, they won't recover the files but will show what's left on your hard drive.
     
  3. WinDoWsMoNoPoLy

    WinDoWsMoNoPoLy TS Rookie Posts: 269

    Hmmm i really do wish installing Windows would inflate folders, but it doesn't so i really doubt you can get your files back.
     
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    you need another drive to install os on do not write to the drive anymore
    you can get back a lot of stuff as long as you don't write anymore to the drive
    I have re-installed os's on same drive and can still get data back from area's not written to
    try file scavenger or O&O recovery
     
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