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Recovering Lifelong Memories from Windows Recovery-Wiped External Hard Drive

Q: Recovering Lifelong Memories from Windows Recovery-Wiped External Hard Drive

I had a new PC so I thought I would do a recovery disk on a separate partition of my parent's disk. Turns out windows wipes out everything regardless of partition when it does that. So now lifelong memories are gone and I'm freaking out! I used EaseUS to make different partitions which were deleted. After I found that the partition I chose stayed the same size but was renamed RECOVERY and it had the recovery data in it. However the rest was "unused" and so I dragged the RECOVERY to make full use of the disk and then I started scanning it deeply with hard drive recovery software. I am now through scanning with my 2nd program now (1st one didn't give me the files I needed) and I'm using RecoverMyFiles. The problem is I'm not really getting back any of the files I had deleted by windows, but I get some stupid windows files which were probably deleted in the recovery process!! PLEASE help me!!! I am desperate. Future hanging in balance thank you.

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Preferred Solution: Recovering Lifelong Memories from Windows Recovery-Wiped External Hard Drive

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.

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A: Recovering Lifelong Memories from Windows Recovery-Wiped External Hard Drive

There are quite a few programs you could try, I have had most success with Recuva by Piriform, but recently this program was said to be excellent by a user,
Obviously it's worthwhile trying both of them.
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I had a new PC so I thought I would do a recovery disk on a separate partition of my parent s disk Turns out windows wipes out everything regardless of partition when it does that So now lifelong memories are gone and I m freaking out I used EaseUS to make different partitions which were deleted After I found that the partition I chose stayed the same size but was renamed RECOVERY and it had the recovery data in it However the Recovery-Wiped Hard Drive Memories Lifelong Windows External Recovering from rest was quot unused quot and so I dragged the RECOVERY to make full use of the disk and then I started scanning it deeply with hard drive recovery software I am now through scanning with my nd program now st one didn t give me the files i needed and I m using RecoverMyFiles The problem is I m not really getting back any of the files I had deleted by windows but I get some stupid windows files which were probably deleted in the recovery process PLEASE help me I am desperate Future hanging in balance thank you nbsp

A:Recovering Lifelong Memories from Windows Recovery-Wiped External Hard Drive

I haven't used it but you can try Recuva (its free) -
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it should load it from the dvd, i have looked only but can't find a driver for yeah sorry.
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You should wipe the drive with killdisk, do a google. I suspect that
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Hello and welcome to the forum

Try Recova . .
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I did a Google search and found this:
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A:Need help recovering corrupted data from external hard drive

You can try a Linux Live cd and plug the Ext HDD into the computer running the live CD and see if linux can get at them seems to be working great for me. Sounds more like your J: drive lost its partition bits and thats why its not working and why your M: drive still is. If the hard drive itself was starting to go bad I would think it would affect both partitons as a partition is just a logical split of the drive.
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A:Hard drive appears wiped after installing Windows 7 to another drive

Danny I don't know if I can help but lets see if we can get a little more information.
It is possible that you did wipe the hard drive with your saved things if you had that hard drive hooked up when you installed Windows 7.

It's also possible the information is still there but you are no longer able to decrypt it or get access to the encrypted drive.

Post one of these so other members can see what is what.
Please use this method to do so.

BY Golden:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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A:Installing Windows XP Pro (SP3) on wiped hard drive

Dell drivers for system, .
I see no XP drivers.
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Hello & welcome to TSF ,

first i need some info

what program did you use to wipe the hard drive ??

how old is this laptop ?
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A:Made new partition - windows wiped from hard drive

Boot into the Win7 disk to look for your files and then rescue them to external flash via Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console.

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What you can try, which will cost something, but a lot less than professional data recovery, is using a well-known data recovery app to see what it can find and recover. The download and trial is free -- so at least you can see how well it works without spending anything. Since this does not use the partition table to find files and directories, it tends to work well in these situations.

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A:Solved: Windows 7 USB install on wiped hard drive issue

Can you show us the disk map for the Hitachi 2.5 drive in Minitool Partition Wizard?
How are you connecting it?
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A:Virus wiped my hardware, it also says hard drive error in windows 7

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I have list a few programs I use. I would install the removal and online scan software now before you need it. I takes minimal disk space and is one less thing to fight with if you become infected. You can also review the Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps for other software you may need or want. Good luck.Antivirus (Run only one.)AVG Free Edition Antivirus (I personally use)Avast Home Edition Antivirus FreewareAntiVir Personal Edition Classic FreewareBitDefender 8 Free EditionAntispywareMicrosoft Defender (2000,and XP only)Spybot TutorialAdAware SE Personal Edition TutorialSpyBlaster TutorialSpywareGuard TutorialTrojan Removal ToolEwido Anti-Malware After a 14 day trial it will not scan automaticily(2000, and XP only)(Features)A Squared FreeOnline scansTrendmicro's Housecall Internet Explorer OnlyTrendmicro"s Housecall FoxFire OnlyPanda's ActiveScan Internet Explorer Only F-secure's Virus Scan Internet Explorer OnlySyGate's Trojan scaneTrust Antivirus Web Scanner Internet Explorer OnlyRemoval ToolsKaspersky Removal ToolsAVG Manual Virus Removal toolMacAfee Stinger Virus Removal ToolSymantec's Viurs Removal ToolsBitDefender Removal Tools FreeUtilitycCleanerEverest Home 2.2 (hardware and software information)Belarc Diagnostic ToolMemtest86 "A Stand-alone Memory Diagnostic"MicroSoft's Memory TestDigtal Dolly (Hard drive utility)[email protected] Wipe UtilityBartPEWindows 2000 & XP Only.Ultimate Boot Disk Utilitywww.bootdisk.comBIOS beep & POST codesFirewall Security TestSnap Backup (Backup Utility)SpeeDefrag 2.1 (Restarts, runs, and shuts down Windows)Firewalls (Run only one.)Zone Alarm Free for Personal Use SyGate Presonal Firewall 5.6 (I personally use)OutPost Firewall FreeKerio Free Personal Firewall
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A:data recovery on an external hard drive: please help

Sometimes you can recover data and sometimes you cannot. You are correct in that when you do a normal delete, you are really just removing the references to the file in the MFT or if fat32, the FAT.

Since it did format, and there was some type of security, it may have done a secure type of format or erase of the data. It may still be possible to recover data however it is most likely going to have to go to a data recovery shop. Prices for this are NOT cheap. Here a very basic data recovery costs $100 plus whatever media it used to copy the data. Prices go way up from there.

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A:Blue screen at the end of Windows install on newly wiped hard drive

Why did you re-installed Windows ?. How the system worked before formatting ?
Windows can be installed in a fully erased hard drive without any problem. In fact that is the recommended method in case of a serious rootkit infection. I suspect a hardware issue as the cause. Sometimes a defective installation DVD can also produce BSOD when installing. Let us first check your hardware health condition using built in diagnostics. Follow the below steps.
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If you access Disk Management, what does it say about the drive. How many partitions does it show and is one of them shown as RAW or unallocatted?
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Hi Fuadansari

Can you please tell us the manufacturer and the model of the hard drive that was overwritten.

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I would suggest you to try booting the system with the recovery discs again so that this time it will boot using the disc. If you’re still facing the same issue the recovery disc may be corrupt. Please send me a private message with the computer's service tag, Name registered during the system purchase and email address so that I can check and assist you further. To send a private message, click on my name and send private message.
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and welcome to the Forum

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See this for how to make a bootable cd:
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A:Wiped hard drive

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and welcome to the Forum

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A:Help Hard Drive Wiped

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Hello, and welcome! Try cloning, and then running a Startup Repair.
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A:Virus? Wiped Out My Hard Drive?

Hello and welcomePlease follow our Removal Guide here Remove Data Restore (Uninstall Guide) .After reading how the malware is misleading you ...You will move to the Automated Removal InstructionsAfter you completed that, post your scan log here,let me know how things are.The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.
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A:Wiped hard drive now having other problems...

Welcome to TSG....

Might be that you will have to install the special drivers for the computer like the chipset, buss, network, audio, video and some others. They can be found in one of the following places

The special driver disk that usually arrives with thie recovery disk set

From the manufacturer of the copmputer

From the manufacturer of the motherboard.

Start downloading them and burn to a CD-R and install as they were typed above.
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A:help, wiped my hard drive and cant reinstall from my usb

It would help if you explained exactly what you did, and what kind of USB media you have.

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System model?

Did you read your owner's manual...before embarking on your adventure?

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and welcome to the Forum

You are likely trying to install on a SATA drive . . Vista has SATA drivers, XP Does not.

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A:weird error and then wiped hard drive

Run a Dell diagnostic to make sure all the hardware is functioning properly; but by the sounds of it you may be looking at a failing HDD.
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A:Trojan detected - Hard Drive Wiped!

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A:infected/possibly wiped hard drive

Hi and Welcome to TSF

It sounds as if you didnt format the drive and only did a repair install which would explain why all your files were still intact.
Are you not using an anti-virus program?

Does the BIOS reconize the drive?
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A:[SOLVED] XP reinstall on wiped hard drive

Hi dfields78 and welcome to TSF !

This is a forum not a chat and as such it's not unusual to wait 24h or more before getting an answer. You waited exactly 15 minutes before sending me a PM... you're new so I'll be lenient but please refrain from doing so in the future. If you feel one of your threads has been overlooked reply with the word bump after 48 hours. I hope you haven't sent this PM to other staff members...

You need to reinstall the network drivers, in most cases they'll be on the motherboard CD. If you don't have the motherboard CD then without an internet connection you'll have to use another computer to download them and copy them to your computer with a CD or external drive.

What's the brand and model of your computer ? If it's a custom build then what are your complete system specs (check the "posting system specs" link in my sig). All drivers will be available from the manufacturer's website.
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The boot sectors are probably corrupted. Try regularly formatting it as an external drive. Then reformat it and reinstall the OS as an internal drive.
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A:Hard drive wiped, a fresh start

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A:Wiped the hard drive, now I'm kinda stuck

Your question is vague and leaves open many assumptions. Let's try to clarify what you are asking...

Is this drive you wiped the main drive in your computer?!? Windows Xp and newer allows partitioning during the windows install process, so gparted may not be needed.
Why do you need Gparted?? Gparted should boot if you have a bootable linux disk with the application on it. Simply make sure the CD rom is the first in the boot order and it should boot to the disk.
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A:Recovering Vista on XP using Recovery Drive..

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In My Computer . . right click the external drive and select Scan with { name of AV }
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A:Recovering Data from Lacie External Drive

You can try some of the below apps (list courtesy of another mod, I believe Elvandil, but may be incorrect):

Free recovery applications:

Dr. Freeware Boot CD (also has partition tool, drive cloner and imager)
DiskDigger & NTFSWalker
Pandora Recovery (Free for personal use)
Smart Data Recovery
Recover Files
Roadkil's Undelete
Free Undelete (NTFS only)
Softperfect File Recovery
ADRC Data Recovery Tools
Undelete Plus
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PCI File Recovery
Ultimate Data Recovery
Disk Investigator


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A:Recovering protected files from an external drive

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A:Security challenge for me...hard drive wiped clean

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A:Hard Drive Wiped, Left Behind a Folder Named: [(^_^)]

Whats in the contents of the 2 text files?
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A:Wiped the hard drive now i have no OS (Compaq Presario CQ61)

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Wiped the hard drive now i have no OS (Compaq Presario CQ61)


I ran DBAN

DBAN (Darik's Boot and Nuke) is a low level format utility. Once you start this, it begins to wipe the drive of your OS. Stopping it in the middle is too late. If you had just run System Recovery would have set your system back to Factory Defaults, but DBAN deleted that too. You cannot copy an installed OS and put it on a different computer. An OS has to be installed from a boot disc (a disc that boots the computer if the OS can't)
What is the Vista recovery disc that you have? Boot into Setup (Bios) and change the Boot order to be CD/DVD rom drive First Boot Device, Save and Exit. Restart the computer with the disc in and you should see the message Press Any Key to Boot From CD/DVD.If it is a Vista install DVD then you can reinstall your OS. If not a Windows disc, you can try contacting your computer manufacturer and see if you can get a Recovery DVD for your computer manufacturer Or get a Vista DVD from Ebay or Craigslist.
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A:Laptop hard drive wiped clean randomly

First off have you tried to boot up in Safe Mode?
Start your computer in safe mode - Microsoft Windows Help
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A:Help - Wiped Hard Drive and Returned to Factory Settings

Hi Kelli, if you could fill out you System Specs so we can get a better look at your system. Have you run CHKDSK from an elevated command prompt on the drives? Are you trying to recover from the recovery disc you made when you 1st purchased the PC are these the same disc you used to installed vista on the new drive? Are you able to check the recovery discs to see if the discs are ok? Do you have any back ups?

Check Disk - chkdsk

You can also run the Disk Management.
At the Start Search type diskmgmt.msc or diskpart
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and welcome to the Forum

Start the pc with the Vista installation DVD in the DVD drive and follow the prompts
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A:Wiped the hard drive now i have no OS (Compaq Presario CQ61)

Hi, Alison.

A boot disk is the hard drive which your PC boots from and starts Windows, but your hard drive has had the boot files and Windows (or some of it) wiped off it with DBAN. DBAN is used to securely wipe all data from a hard drive prior to selling it or otherwise disposing of it -- this prevents any data from getting into the wrong hands.

You will have to contact HP/Compaq and ask them if they can send you a set of Recovery CDs for your model.

Contact information for the USA: Contact HP - Phone Assist | HP

For the UK: Contact HP - Phone Assist | HP
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Below are the steps to format and reinstall XP.

Formatting The Hard Drive In XP

There are several ways to format in XP:

1 During install

2. Using Disk management under administrative tools

3. Using the recovery console

4. Using start run cmd then the format command.

5. Right click on the drive in explorer and select format.

6. Using a Win98 boot disk

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Using Windows XP CD:

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· Clean Install

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Setup Disks for floppy boot install (requires 6 floppies)

Windows XP Home Edition Utility: Setup Disks for floppy boot install
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The malware help forum is here: Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help - Tech Support Forum

Copy the text from your above post and paste it into a new post on the above forum.
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