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Hard Drive SYSTEM_SAV

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Julie HC, Oct 14, 2003.

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  1. Julie HC

    Julie HC Thread Starter

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    Last year I put a new 3 GB hard drive into my Compaq Desktop Machine. It has been working fine. I'm runing Windows XP, and I have Norton Antivirus running, as well as a Personal Firewall. I run a lot of apps on my machine, and have (had) an extensive collection of image and wav files. That's why I got the extra hard drive. I don't recall whether the drive is a Western Digital or a Seagate, if that matters.

    Recently I went to retrieve a file from the hard drive, and the file was not there.

    As a matter of fact, it looks like all of my files are missing from the hard drive, and what remains is a series of folders.

    When I set up the folder, I named it G:. It is still G:, but now it is G:SYSTEM_SAV

    It has subfolders named:
    CPQDRV
    CPQS
    DATA
    RECYCLED
    SYSTEM VOLUME INFORMATION
    system.sav
    Temp

    There are subfolders to each of these folders, and under the CPQDRV are lots of subfolders with numeric names (not sequential, though)

    I've browsed through the folders, down to zip files, which don't appear to contain anything I recognize.

    I figure any of my past content is hosed (since my last backup). I'm prepared to wipe the drive, but I want to know what happened and how I can keep it from happening again.

    Please help.
    Thanks
    Julie
     
  2. dzones

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    All that info you are mentioning is a partition that compaq sets up as its restore partition. Basically whenver you run the restore from their cd's it accesses that partition of your hard drive. It kinda sounds like your drive may not be showing up and you are confusing that one for the one you had. is that possible?

    Or you performed a restore and it created those files over your old.
     
  3. Julie HC

    Julie HC Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the speedy reply. I think I understand what you're saying, I've never run a restore on this machine, or set up anything on the machine (that I'm aware of) to do an automatic restore.

    After re-reading your reply and studying my machine...

    THANK YOU THANK YOU

    I just discovered that there is in fact another partition (a nameless one) that contains all my files. The drive letter is different from what I originally set up, though.

    Whatever
    The files are still there!!
     
  4. dzones

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    cool!
    Glad your files are intact!

    Dave
     
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