Lost file recovery?

By Salt ยท 11 replies
Aug 19, 2009
  1. Today, I was watching T.V. and the lights flickered and my computer turned off and restarted, then it came to a black screen that said "\windows\system32\config\system file missing or corrupt please use 'r' for repair" So I went the recovery console route and typed a series of commands that I got from microsoft.com. But, afterwards I could get back into windows but it had me activate again. I did, and all of my games and everything is all still there but the thousands of my VERY important pictures in my documents was gone. EVERYTHING. I really really desperately need any advice anyone can give me. Please. Is there any way I can recover to a previous date? I didn't ever save a recovery point so I am FU**ED.
    If there is ANY way to get it back, I don't even care about the other 300 Gigs of random **** on my comp. Just want the pictures. Thank you.

    md tmp
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak

    delete c:\windows\system32\config\system
    delete c:\windows\system32\config\software
    delete c:\windows\system32\config\sam
    delete c:\windows\system32\config\security
    delete c:\windows\system32\config\default

    copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
    copy c:\windows\repair\software c:\windows\system32\config\software
    copy c:\windows\repair\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
    copy c:\windows\repair\security c:\windows\system32\config\security
    copy c:\windows\repair\default c:\windows\system32\config\default
  2. shaneio

    shaneio TS Rookie

    have you tried any data recovery software? pm your e-mail addy and i'll send you a program that I use, theres no install needed either so you have no danger of overwriting anything you will need a second hard drive to recover the files to though
  3. Salt

    Salt TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 43

  4. shaneio

    shaneio TS Rookie

    ok dude I will mail you the program when I get home (at work at the moment)
  5. newbie001

    newbie001 TS Rookie

    how about system restore?
  6. superty12

    superty12 TS Enthusiast Posts: 413

  7. Salt

    Salt TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 43

    A little late.

    It is a little late now. I already lost all that mattered. Thanks though. The question was more along the lines of getting back what I had already lost.
  8. shaneio

    shaneio TS Rookie

    Salt, did you use that program that I mailed you, it works really well for lost photos
  9. superty12

    superty12 TS Enthusiast Posts: 413

    Remember to Backup!

    Oops. No way to get the pics now. Remember to backup before doing this kind of stuff!
  10. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    It may not be too late, unless you did a full format instead of a quick format.
    Try running this program anyway, you might get lucky.
  11. superty12

    superty12 TS Enthusiast Posts: 413

    No formatting

    All he did was delete system files, and reactivate!
  12. shaneio

    shaneio TS Rookie

    I sent him a copy of file scavenger don't know if he used it or not its usualy pretty good at finding deleted stuff
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