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Laptop data lost?

Q: Laptop data lost?

Well i m bewildered to say the least Was on my laptop Compaq laptop not sure which as I can t seem to find it on Ebuyer anymore until about am maybe Was fine then and has been fine since I got it back in September I think it was Turned it on at about pm today and near on everything has gone Managed to get lost? Laptop data onto my browser Chrome can t anymore and all the history had gone Can t sign into MSN as my contact list isn t ready or something like that Lost all the stuff I had on sticky notes and in folders Tried restarting and turned it Laptop data lost? off then left it then turned it on again still the same Had a message saying something like can t log onto user desktop therefore logging onto Laptop data lost? default user desktop happen twice though Really confused by this Just wondering if anyone knows why it might of gone like this By the way it s running Windows Premium came with this on it Thanks nbsp

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A: Laptop data lost?

Can you restart your pc in 'safe mode'? (power on, then tap F8 key quickly) till a black screen with white text appears. Use the cursor keys to scroll down to 'Last known good configuration', highlight it, 'enter'. See if that gets you back to your own desktop.
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I made the mistake of using the 'repair' function on my friend's Compaq Presario V6105NR, to try and restore the system files on her computer. What I didn't realize was that the machine had only one drive with all the data on it! It did stil say 'backing up data' for nearly an hour before it started 'restoring' everything.

Turns out all it was doing was backing up the programs already installed while letting go of all the date. Either that, or I can't find where the data's been stored.

Is there any possible way I can have access to, or restore the data that got deleted by mistake? I'd REALLY appreciate some help!

A:HELP! recovering lost data off a friend's laptop

When you say you used the repair function, did you use a hidden partition on the hard drive to restore a factory image to the hard drive (hit some combination of keys to activate restore and then proceed with a restore installation without using a windows CD)? If so, I am afraid it will be impossible to recover anything from the hard drive.
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A:Full HardDrive Cleaned Important data lost - Hp Laptop

If you ran clean ALL, you are SOL.

Perhaps you can ask the NSA for their backup copy.

Too late this time, but in future, good idea to make an image backup every so often.

This is great free program which you can use to prevent getting in trouble in future:
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i was wondering if the data (music, files, pictures, etc etc) is still recoverable...if so, what are the necessary steps that i should take to recover friend sent me OnTrack 6.3 EasyRecovery Pro and i went out and bought Search and Recover 4...should i do a clean format on the drive and then run a data recovery software or should i run the software with the drive being 5% formatted...

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A:Data Recovery Lost Data from format

Closing duplicate, please reply here:

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I have a 300gb Maxtor Drive partitioned into 4 drives...the OS on the hd was Windows Vista...While i was reinstalling XP i accidently formatted the whole drive because it didnt show the rest of the partitions on the the time i realized what i just did it was already 5% i decided to stop it by turning off my computer...

i was wondering if the data (music, files, pictures, etc etc) is still recoverable...if so, what are the necessary steps that i should take to recover friend sent me OnTrack 6.3 EasyRecovery Pro and i went out and bought Search and Recover 4...should i do a clean format on the drive and then run a data recovery software or should i run the software with the drive being 5% formatted...

if someone can lead me in the right direction i would greatly appreciate it...thanks


A:Data Recovery Lost Data from format

Please do not post duplicates. With patience, you should get a reply to your post within 24 hours.
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i was wondering if the data (music, files, pictures, etc etc) is still recoverable...if so, what are the necessary steps that i should take to recover friend sent me OnTrack 6.3 EasyRecovery Pro and i went out and bought Search and Recover 4...should i do a clean format on the drive and then run a data recovery software or should i run the software with the drive being 5% formatted...

if someone can lead me in the right direction i would greatly appreciate it...thanks


A:Data Recovery Lost Data from format

Don't know of any freeware ...
But I know someone who has recovered all of his data from a formatted drive using ..

I know he tried some others ... but this one worked.
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i have moved to the hardware forum

So you have reset the PC to its factory condition using a recovery CD ?

when you did this , did you do a repair or a full installation and did you reformat the harddrive ?

whats the make and model of the PC

sometimes the recovery process will make a data section that you can access all your old data

what version of windows are you running
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A:Lost data

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A:Lost some Data

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A:I Lost Some Data

If you think the files could be hidden, you can enable the ability to view hidden files in the Folder & Search Options.

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A:Lost data

For starters; Stop Using your computer is the MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO.
do you have access to another one to use until you try and recover your files?
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File recovery is tedious and requires lots of patience.
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A:Lost Data

System Restore might work, take it back a day before you deleted your info
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A:USB data lost

Welcome to TSF....

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A:Lost All My Data

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A:lost data

Have you tried re-installing USB Secure?

You might want to clean up your folder and registry the best you can beforehand, or see if "Remove Programs" will function, first. Other wise reinstall to the same location as before.
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A:hdd lost data

Hello Goats,

Could you go into Folder Options and confirm that Hidden and Protected OS files are displayed?
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A:Help on Lost Data

Hi -

This is the real thing we need to see about fixing :

"it doesn't want to restore with that backup"

Why do you think this is happening - do you get some sort of message saying it's unable to? Screen grabs are always nice.
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A:Lost data

You would run chkdsk /f on the drive to determine if there was disk or file corruption.

That is an unusual location for OE which is usualy installed under the users profile

Did you empty recycle bin and defrag the drive?
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A:Please help . . . I lost all my data

Hi GR7.

Is it possible that you've triggered a system restore to factory defaults from the recovery partition?

Is it possible that you have more than 1 HDD, or more than 1 partition on a single HDD that you've logged in to?

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A:lost data

Files stored locally in the \my documents\ area of the computer can usually only be access when you're logged in as the relevant user. Don't panic, the files are still there, you just can't see them whilst you're logged in as the new user. If you think about it, this is exactly the effect you're looking for, it'll just require a small amount of preparation to get it working right for you.

You could log in with the local Administrator account, which will then allow you access to all the required folders, and transfer them across. The files will currently be in the following folder:

c:\documents and settings\<<OLDUSERNAME>>\My Documents\

where <<OLDUSERNAME>> is the logon name of the 'old' account.

Just transfer everything in there to

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A:Lost Data

Use system restore, go back to before the install, back up files to disk, then use system restore again to bring you back to the current settings

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A:Lost all data

Well your programs are a different story than your data. If you wanted to get your Microsoft Office, or something like that you will need to have the installatoin disc/files to do so. However if you were hoping to get off some word or excel documents then you might be able to use a data recovery software to see if it is still there.

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A:Is the data lost?

You might be able to save the drive,

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What disk? Where? How?

Sorry, but you didn't explain what you did very well. Did you put your files on CD or another drive, or what? Where are they now and do you have copies?
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A:Lost Data?

System Restore, well, restores the system. I've never seen it restore lost user data. In fact, it has been moreover the CAUSE of lost user data. It is marked 'evil' in my book.

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A:Lost data

Sorry to hear of your issue.  If you do not have any system restore points, then, as far as I know (and I am not an expert), you are pretty much stuck.  There are programs that will recover files, but none that I have heard about (so far) that will re-install programs that have disappeared.  Did you check the Control Panel (Uninstall Programs) to see if the program is still showing as installed?  If so, is there a "Repair" option if you click uninstall?  Some programs come with a repair capability to repair the program files and registry entries if something has become corrupted.
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A:lost data

When you reinstalled the OS, did you perform a clean install or an implace upgrade or repair?

Clean install wipe out the drive - format reinstall
Repair - choose repair option
Implace upgrade reinstalled windows over itself

Also are all the old application available or you had to reinstall them?

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A:lost data

Did you happen to create a restore point on that computer? If you did, it'll restore all things to that point, including all files that have been created since then. So, if you do this, proceed with caution. Alternately, there should be a folder containing the users contents. As far as e-mails go, you still should be able to log into the email and retrieve those. As far as the contacts, shouldn't that be with the email account? If not, those might be saved in the folder for that particular user. Make sure you're logged in as the administrator, and you should be able to access all the files.


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Originally Posted by MaxPayne

i am running windows xp sp2... i have a 160gb segate.. today i was trying to run scan disk c: , d: , e: and f: but by accident i click to format drive and clicked to quick format after i realized oh my God by accidently i am formating my drive without thinking anything else firsthand i restarted my computer and when it started again i went to the my computer and click on f: but it was telling me do you want to format it now ( yes, no ) i was clicking no and it was not letting me in, over and over i was trying to get into drive f: but same message so i click on yes and now my i lost all of my data from my drive f: , is there any way to get back my data ?

note : it was formated directly without going to the recyclebin....

any help will be appriciated... thanks in advance..

You could try repair install if the pc gives you the option/

1 - Boot with the Windows XP CD press any to boot XP disk
2 - Boot with the Windows XP CD and at the Setup Screen press Enter
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A:Lost All HD Data Due To HD Filling Up

Hi .

Are you sure that nothing else has impacted this drive? I've seen totally full drives before but the files have always been visible. every case, I've seen a warning when the drive goes beyond a certain threshold when the user is trying to input more files.

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I was kept those files in my desktop.

Did you do a search for the files? Did you look in the Recycle Bin?
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A:lost all my data and *must* to recover it

Take the hard drive out, and install it as a slave drive in another computer or put it in a USB external enclosure and try to read the data.

I'm going to assume the file extensions changed to LNK not INK. You saw lnk which is not a capital I, it's a small L. It sounds like a virus, so the data may not be retrievable, but try the suggestion above. If that doesn't work, you'll have to pay a data recovery company to try, but you have to pay even if they don't recover anything, and it could get very expensive (hundreds of dollars).
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A:Lost my data last night

If you wouldn't have touched your hard drive after losing the ability to boot into it, there would have been a chance of recovering most of your files from the hard drive. Unfortunately, since you have reformatted and installed everything back there is a slim chance that you may be able to recover anything. If you would like to attempt to see if there's anything left that is recoverable on your drive, try using RecoverMyFiles. For that, you will need to install it on another hard drive so it could scan the entire affected drive.
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A:Recoverying lost data from HDD??

Gone forever?


Files are not gone unless the physical part of the HDD have been over written by characters [ either random zeros and ones 0s & 1s ] or some specific pattern. Imagine your HDD is a grid, like a checkerboard. On the checkerboard, imagine a coin on each square. As long as each square has a coin, no additional coins can be added. If you remove a coin, the square becomes available for a new coin.

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Some resources:

I suggest that you start a new thread regarding the HDD that isn't found.
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Is the drive SSD [ solid state ]?
If the drive is IDE, is it jumpered as master, slave or cable select?
Does the drive appear in the BIOS?
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Try a different motherboard port.
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maximize screen
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Have Dell PC with said Hard drive hooked up to it - can i recover lost data ?????Click to expand...

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Free recovery applications:

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A:Data lost forever???

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A:recovering lost data

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I think the Dell people are mistaken.

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