By admin ·
ok, hit F10 for system recovery when my computer wouldn't move from its compaq screen. now, no docs on c drive exist-account on MS gone; like a new computer!

is there nothing i can do?

tried freeware data recovery and had a computer guy over to try recovery. nothing.

recently installed MS Office 2007- would that affect locating the data? most was in 2003 and from five years ago-oh, if i think about it it will get me down.

it's there right-i just have to get it out...?

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System Recovery destroys ALL data on the partition ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Help!!!

So, in the strictest sense of the word - it's gone. Back to factory condition.

Desktop/tower systems tend to have large, unpartitioned drives: lots of room for storage, lots of room for complacency.

Laptops/Notebooks tended to have smaller drives, mostly having 2 partitions: System & Data. When the System Recovery was invoked, only the System partition was completely re-formatted (destroying everything) then freshly installed. However all data on the Data partition remained intact.

Do you have a multi-partition system on this drive?

If not, I'm afraid it's all gone.

<Edited for typo>

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I'm glad you said that me old mycroft

by tintoman In reply to System Recovery destroys ...

Cus I was amazed the other day when I did a system recovery on a Sony Vaio, The recovery worked fine and everything is hunky dorey, but the recovery partition was completely empty afterwards
Does this mean that the user has to create the recovery section again after this operation?

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Well, my trusty old Acer has been 'recovered' 3 times now ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to I'm glad you said that me ...

On each occasion the C: drive was returned to factory state, the drive remained intact, and the I: drive stayed as it was.
^^[For 'drive' read 'partition']^^

Perhaps, as in my Acer's case, you can't 'see' the Recovery Partition. Check in Disk Management - it should be visible in there, it'll be about 2 - 2.5GB.

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by admin In reply to System Recovery destroys ...

yes i had partitions, tho i was saving this stuff on the c drive-fow waht reason compelled me to do this i do not know.

live and learn :-)

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If any user tells you they dont know how you feel ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to thx

They are liars.

Or they're kidding on about being a user!

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There's a lesson to be learnt here

by tintoman In reply to Help!!!

isn't there
How many times have you ever been advised in some form or another to back up back up back up!!
Anyway in your current position your only hope is to obtain some good recovery software (I use pc tools file recover myself)
But be aware that the more you use the computer now and the more data you write to the hard drive the less chance there is of recovering anything
And by the way that's all you have - a chance, and a slim one at that.

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There are two types of computer users in the world

by jdclyde In reply to There's a lesson to be le ...

those that have lost data

those that will lose data

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How profound JD,

by ComputerCookie In reply to There are two types of co ...

very pertinent!

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by admin In reply to There are two types of co ...

that was deep. when i comw up from it i will post to my blog at


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I tell all my users that

by jdclyde In reply to deep

It doesn't matter if your grandma with pictures of the grandkids or a tech GOD, hard drives fail regardless.

It kills me to hear about people losing years worth of pictures.

Your slow on your Blog update!

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