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Q: File recovery

Here s the scoop A friend of mine was running XP sp and his system started getting very slow and would not run properly I ran malwarebytes and found File recovery several errors and corrected System still wouldn t function right Spent several File recovery hours trying various things with no luck Decided to offload his files and reinstall xp We managed to get his documents offloaded but didn t have enough media for his photos I removed hard drive and used my hardware connection package to hook it up to a usb port on my system The drive did show up and I started to copy his photos Get ready here it comes he has g of photos from years worth of saving on system without backing them up My system has enough space to copy but about g into copy my system started to give File recovery all kinds of errors that my avg WD elements etc weren t working I canceled the copy and deleted the photos from my system did a safe remove of the drive ran a restore from a previous restore point for my system All is well in the land of joeretired Now here s where the problem comes in When I reconnected the drive it no longer shows up with a letter assigned to it so I can access the drive I checked quot My Computer quot and it s not there Checked Device Manager and it shows as a usb mass storage device and properties says it s working properly Device Management doesn t even see it The questions are why can t I see it anymore how do I get it back to copy the phots Just for info s sake I m going to copy them to flash drives so my friend will have them backed up and be able to view them when he wants Any help in this matter is greatly appreciated and if we meet I ll buy you a beer nbsp

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Preferred Solution: File recovery

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: File recovery

Thanks Rick I will try what you suggested. If it is what you suspect I'll let him know. I was looking around and found a program from CGSecurity called "TESTDISK". Due you think it might be worth a shot running this?
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Hi Al

If the laptop uses a standard IDE laptop connector you can buy an adaptor like this to hook the laptop hard drive up to a standard PC IDE port.
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A:Is there a file recovery software which preserves file names and directory structure?

have a look at this one
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A:Is there a file recovery software which preserves file names and directory structure?

Hmm; Normally any backup software would do this for you.

If you had a secondary copy (say other media to which you did a copy), then this would be a snap.

It sounds as if you only have the original media and you need to recover "whatever is possible".
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A:File Recovery after XP System Recovery

what kind of error message do you get when you try to open them?
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A:Windows 7 File Recovery and File History Both Active

Hello Kybreos,

To be specific, you cannot have the Windows 7 File Recovery (Windows Backup) "schedule" turned on and be able to use File History.

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From the help file:
"If your contact deletes a shared file, your local copy will be permanently deleted. However, if you delete a shared file, you can still recover it from the recycle bin. If you want to keep a file, copy it to a nonsharing folder."

So if you deleted it, it should be in the recycle bin as long as it hasn't been emptied. If the person who sent you the file deleted it, they should have it in their recycle bin.

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A:Create ISO file from recovery install.wim file

Probably. Depends exactly what you have aside from the install.wim. I expect your install.wim will be for 8.0 if it came with the machine.

Might be easier to d\l the correct edition of 8.1 using the download tool they provide:

Creating installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help
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A:ParetoLogic file recovery file not found

Wow I know it's old ,but I was looking for something and I saw this, If it still exists it can be fixed.
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A:Data recovery virus - Failed to save components for the file \System32\(several system32 files). The file is corrupte...

SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log

Generated 10/27/2011 at 04:10 PM

Application Version : 5.0.1134

Core Rules Database Version : 7856

Trace Rules Database Version: 5668

Scan type : Complete Scan

Total Scan Time : 01:16:31

Operating System Information

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (Build 6.01.7600)

UAC Off - Administrator

Memory items scanned : 306

Memory threats detected : 0

Registry items scanned : 71337

Registry threats detected : 0

File items scanned : 225087

File threats detected : 18










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A:File Recovery that keeps file hierarchy ...

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A:Windows 8 - Backup & Recovery - Windows 7 File Recovery

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A:Windows 8 - Backup & Recovery - Windows 7 File Recovery

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A:File Recovery HELP!!!

Did it give you an access denied message?

You could try going in using safe mode or try rolling your system back to an earlier day using system restore.
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A:File Recovery

Recover lost or deleted files from the hard disk using PC Inspector
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A:File Recovery

There would appear to be a demo version of a particular program here :

Alternatively try this general Free / Shareware site :

Cannot recommend any specific progs. merely used Google.

You could also perhaps run

And use it to look for reviews on any software that interests you to see how easy / effective others found it.
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A:File Recovery

Try some of the links provided here.
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A:file recovery

The drive is being properly detected. The difference between the advertised size and the detected size is due to the cheating the manufacturers do in advertising.

So far, you've done it correctly by connecting it to another system. I use a program called Easy Recovery Pro. Which programs have you tried so far?

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A:File Recovery. HELP!!

hi,,,, try this free recovery program,,,,, its by piriform,, the well known software maker of auto runs (another very good program) luck.
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A:File Recovery

A clean install essentially wipes a hard drive clean with a format. I don't know if it is possible to retrieve lost data like that. Once a drive is formatted and the previous data overwritten on the disk, the data is nearly unrecoverable. I know of some law enforcement departments that have drive recovery software that can find bits and pieces of data, I'm not sure if it is available for the consumer market.
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A:File recovery

Hi Jay,

Backup, backup, backup! Accidents do happen, and this one is not pretty. Prevention is worth a pound of cure, or so it is said.

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Good luck!

-- Tom
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A:File Recovery

Possibly, yes. But probably no.

It depends upon several factors, such as the reason for the failure in the first place. The next factor is how you installed the Operating System. Did you reformat? If so, it just got tougher to recover the data.

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A:AVI file recovery ???

Short of buying a program that specifically tries to recover data from CD's by slow reading and re-reading of the sectors, about all you can do is to copy the file to your desktop using the slowest read speed that you can (if even copiable) and then run DivFix on it. Or, you could try running DivFix and having it save the repaired copy to the desktop.

Waht kind of file did you make with ISO Buster? Why does it need to be read by Pinnacle Studio? (Not sure what you were trying to do here.) ISO Buster (full version) CDCheck, CDRoller, or any of many recovery programs should be able to extract any readable data from the CD and then produce an avi file. But the index will no doubt be damaged and DivFix will remove the old and rebuild it.
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A:File Recovery

Yes. You need to check first that the type of drive you are trying to recover is actually supported in XP. An XP system, if old enough, could be ATA drives only. Even if it has SATA connectors onboard, it may never have used them, and lack the necessary drivers.

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An alternative to mounting in an XP enclosure would be to burn any small Linux stand-alone download (Ubuntu is good) to a CD drive, and to boot from that CD in your current PC, without any need to remove the HDD at all. Doing that would enable you to check the D: drive you mention, and also recover what you can from the HDD to any plug-in USB media
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A:file recovery

Hiya HADDO,try this, this,
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A:File recovery

If it crashed and the files are as you say corrupt you may be out of luck unless you want to pay for those expensive disk recovery services.

If you boot the laptop to dos mode copy the file to a floppy and try to open it on your desktop PC does it open? Assuming the files fit on a floppy that is.
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A:File Recovery


In order for me to help you I need some more information. Please follow the steps in this guide: specifically steps 7-9 (though do not start a new topic, please reply here instead).

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A:flk file recovery

Cant anyone of the people here help please, its really important for me.
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A:File recovery help

Recovery Software

Try this one:
It is free for up to four folder down, ie
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A:File Recovery

Have you tried "Recuva" - it is a free program from Piriform - the same people who write Ccleaner. I have used "Recuva" several times to recover all types of file with no problems. Here is link - Piriform's recuva
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A:7z file recovery

Quote: Originally Posted by Reverence


I know maybe is not the right forum.

But I need your help I recently lost my drive and had to reformat it.

Then I used a software to recover some important files.

Now when I try to open 7z archive that I really need it says it corrupted.

Can someone help ? or maybe some software I can use to repair it.

Thank you in advance,

Welcome to the forums.

What software did you use to recover the files?

Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

might help you.

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Do you have admin rights?
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Have you determined whether the files do, in fact, have the proper extensions. i.e. *.jpg, *.doc, etc?

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on (2) above, the MS KB Article is here
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Hi 49sam,
These 2 free progs might help? I have used them from time to time and also seen good reviews:

PCFile Inspector

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What software are you using to write the thesis?
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you can undelete stuff from the bin if you have a program. (sorry but i cant remeber what it was).

The thing is that once you delete it and if you write stuff to your hard disk then there is a good chance that it is not recoverable. may if your running winme then system restore might help. but i dont know about that

sorry i couldnt be more helpful

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unless your computer not been used at all for a month i dont think you have any chance at all,sorry
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A:I need help with file recovery etc.

First of all I would recommend a better backup when dealing with critical files.
I'm not positive but I would swear there's an application that can reset all the security info so that the files would be accessible. Google for something like that.

You could also try a program called GetDataBack. It looks at the raw data, I don't think it cares about privs. or user rights. They have different versions depending on the file system used.
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Take ownership of your user directory. How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP
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I only thing I can think that you could do is pull it off of your tape back up if you have one. I have ran into this problem before and I had to pull it off of the backup tape. I know that Server 2003 is able to purge files after they have been deleted.
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Recover My Files: Purchase GetDatas Recover My Files data recovery software
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Didn't you start a thread on this already.
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Asset ownership:;EN-US;Q823306

Remember that under XP Home "Owner" is the default account created at setup.
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A:FIle Recovery

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Have you tried Smart Recovery from PCInspector? ( )
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A:File Recovery

Hey, it's quite hard to get info back from Formatted hard drives... I've heard it can be done but don't know exactly how, you could try an undelete program (e.g. free undelete but with the whole format thing i'm not sure it's possible...

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A:File Recovery

Data Recovery Tools

Don't use the PC till you ready to recovery.

Best to install the recovery to another drive. Then use the recover to option to recover to another drive so you will not write to the drive your recovery files from because you can over write data that you will want to recover.

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A:File recovery


Originally Posted by markfedwards

The data HAS to be there as there were files on there from before the formatting.

so did you format the drive ? or did you just do the recovery ?

if you formatted the data is gone if you did the recovery everything should be there but might have some weird user rights.

as it seems you cant even see the files can you ?
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A:file recovery

Hi and welcome to TSG.
If the files haven't been overwritten you may be able to recover them [emphasis on may]
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A:File recovery

my favorite would be Davory but it ain't free.

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I messed up huge!!
I wont go into details how but i formatted the wrong hard drive and lost everything.
I went out and bought the program "recover my files" and it seems to work ok except for the fact when i go to save the files that it finds they are all only 1kb ??? why is that?
what am i doing wrong,it says nothing about that in the read me or faqs or help.

A:help with file recovery

Hi, It sounds like the program may have only found shortcuts, or markers, to the files but no actual data....I might be wrong, though.

Do you have a file path for any of what it did show you that was 1kb?

Maybe we can tell from just some of the need to post a huge amount.

If the files were pictures, there are a few tricks involved.

This could be what you are seeing,, too:

Pirate Version


We have received continuous reports of a pirate version of Recover My Files that is circulating the Internet. It saves files of 1kb (and probably does other unknown things to your PC). It sounds like you have it.

I would say that your data is recoverable it you were to purchase a real copy. If you can preview the files in the preview window, then it is 100% that they can be saved.
Graham Henley
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from their Knowledgebase:
"""What is the difference between the download version and the registered version?

When you download Recover My Files from you are downloading the full version. The only limitation is that the program is 'save disabled'. You must purchase a registration key which, when entered into the program, will activate the ability to save the files that Recover My Files has found."""

That is from the online knowledgebase. Is your copy registered, to unlock the Save feature????

Have you been through the Knowledgebase for RecoverMyFiles? (I'm just trying to be thorough, if you have been through all this, good.) Saving search results
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first of all hey guys!

right heres the story. my dad decided to reinstall windows from a partition on my hard drive to try and fix a tiny problem that really did not need a reinstall for (don't ask what it was cos it was really pathetic). My pc is an HP home computer. All of my stuff was in the hp_owner user area as i "was" the main admin and when windows was reinstalled all of my stuff has gone. All of my school work important documents and general important crap, however all of the other users areas documents were still there. So is there any chance of me being able to retrieve my data from the hard drive. The hard drive is partioned c and d with d being the recovery drive on a 160gb hard disk. hope any of you lads n lasses can help me.


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see if this gets them back
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Ok guys,

Now I have tried to recover two files using various recovery programs.
All the programs say recovery is goo and no problems, tha files are on a 256mb memory stick. but when I try to open the files it does not work.
One is a bmp file and the other is a winzip winrar file.
They are both recovered at the correct file length but the bmp and rar files will just not open. AM i missing something here????

Thanks Geoff
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Hi. I'm wondering how long a file is likely to be able to be recovered for? I am running a PC with Windows XP. I got it in 2003 and it's never been reformatted and the OS has never been removed or re-installed. I am wondering if it's possible to retrieve photos deleted back in 2005. It seems extremely unlikely, but I thought I'd ask. I've tried a few file recovery programs, but my issue with them is that it's extremely hard to narrow down my search results and there are thousands of files to sift through, and many do not have thumbnails. Thanks for your time.

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I would say in this case it will not happen, as when a file is deleted, the next saving of any file MAY overwrite the area or and part of the area that a deleted file may been in.
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Anyone care to recommend the best file recovery app out there? Freeware/Purchase - either way.

A:Best file recovery app?

I couldn't say who the best is, but I've downloaded and tried at least a dozen over the years.
And one that I always seem to use the most is Bad Copy Pro

I've used it mostly to recovery off of floppy disks. But it does a pretty good job of getting as much data as possible.

Lastly, doesn't matter how good a recovery program is, if there is physical damage, data simply cannot be read off it. These programs just try to read and compile as much data back as possible.

Also of note, though slightly off topic. I use Beyond Compare a LOT for getting data off drives. In these cases, the drives are more or less "good", but may have bad sectors here and there.
This program is excellent for "comparing" your backup folder with the drive you are recovering from. Select all the files you want and have it syncronize. If there are any files it can't copy, it just skips them and moves on. Unlike, say, a plain Windows copy where, if one file fails, the entire copy quits. Beyond Compare just keeps going. I love that program.