Lost files, XP

By josbd
Apr 30, 2006
  1. Trying to help a friend out here. He seems to have a faulty usb slot which, when he plugged his mp3 player into, crashed the pc, and when rebooted, xp has reset itself, changing the date to 20085 (!). More importantly he has lost a lot of very important work documents. I can't use system restore, since each time this has happened, restore points have been cleared.

    He really desperately needs these files back.

    If anyone could help, I would be more than grateful!
  2. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    don't write to the drive
    mount the drive in another machine
    use recovery software to extract data
    you may not need to use recovery softwres if the file system is intact
    the new OS will see it just save the data
    put the drive back in the old machine reinstall os from scratch that means erase existing partitions and reformat drive and then load OS
  3. josbd

    josbd TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 202

    Brilliant. Exactly what I needed to know.

    Thank you very much!
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