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HELP ME FIND MY FILES - Windows ME (or at least it used to be there)?

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by iamnirav, Feb 13, 2005.

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  1. iamnirav

    iamnirav Thread Starter

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    Sequence of Events.

    1. started computer and said some vbx file was corrupt and it went to command c asking to locate file. didn't work

    2. did hard reboots and went to the same thing

    3. put in a nortin anti virus rescue disk. ran the "rescue" program and selected rescue boot and partition

    4. computer restarted (i removed the floppy) and now there was no initial F8 option on the screen. it went through the shell, but insted of going to windows it goes to a HP DiagTools program that runs a diagnostic test on the hard drive. whether you run through that program or not the computer then restarts and just keeps going back to it. I held control next time i rebooted and tried all the different options included safe mode, command mode normal.

    5. did c:\dir
    and there were only 146 files listed and NO DIRECTORIES! but it still said that i had used 4 gigs of space and 4 gigs free which is what I normally have when the computer was working. but there is no Windows directory or any other directory for that matter (my documents, my computer...etc nothing is there. or at list nothing is listed. when i tried to type c:\windows, it doesnt work)

    tried downloading scanreg off another computer and put it on a floppy and run it through in dos, but says doesn't work in dos mode. Nothing is working here. can you guys please help me get my computer back. My next plan of attack was thinking of installing Windows 2000 on the computer (I dont have my ME installation disk, dont even think my computer came with it when I bought it), hoping that all my files, documents, and programs will still be on there when I install 2000 and they will magically show themselves again. pls help guys i'll try anything

    thanks in advance
     
  2. iamnirav

    iamnirav Thread Starter

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    why wont anyone help me?!?!!?
     
  3. iamnirav

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    I used a rescue disk which i created on another computer on my computer and used the rescue function. On Symantec's Website the following is listed:

    http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPOR...ws 2000/Me/98/XP&src=sg&pcode=nav&svy=&csm=no

    "WARNING: Do not select Rescue Recovery. This is particularly important if you created the Rescue set on another computer. If you created the Rescue set on another computer, then running Rescue Recovery will restore the boot record from the other computer. The boot record acts as a map of the drive and it is used by the operating system to find the files on the hard drive. All boot records are unique to the computer on which they are created. If a boot record from one computer is copied to a second computer, then the second computer cannot access the files on the hard drive and become inoperable."

    SO, unfortunately I did something I wasn't supposed to and now not only does windows not load but I cant find any of my files. HOW DO I GO ABOUT FINDING MY FILES? Thanks in advance guys.
     
  4. iamnirav

    iamnirav Thread Starter

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    somebody help1!!!!
     
  5. iamnirav

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    somebody help!
     
  6. iamnirav

    iamnirav Thread Starter

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    after many attempts i've basically screwed my self by running a norton anti-virus rescue program on my harddrive that was made from a different computer. after doing that, my computer does not know where any of my files are (under C: in dos no folders or other files other then generic system files appear, no windows directory nothing) i attempted to use some file recovery program HDMGOLD (hard drive mechanic gold) but it wont even run (i just get a blank screen when i try to run it...was told by their tech support guy that it may because my video accelerator is either too fast or too slow). i'll take any suggestions. please please please help!!!!! :eek:
     
  7. Cookiegal

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    I have merged all of your threads together. Please stop starting new threads for the same problem. Continue replying in this one until the issue is resolved.
     
  8. rugrat

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    You need to get a copy of ME if you really want to save your files. Did the machine come with any kind of recovery disk that may have your ME on it? If you install ME over the existing installation WITHOUT formating, you may be able to retrieve your files. Do not install 2000 as it will require a format to change to the correct file system (NTSF vs FAT) and will destroy any files on the machine.

    Good luck
     
  9. iamnirav

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    would windows 98 be ok, or does it have to be ME? thanks
     
  10. rugrat

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    I do not think that will work but, at this point, it is worth a shot. Before you do that I would try to boot to your DOS prompt and type "Scanreg /restore" without the quotes.
    This may find your old registry points. If it does, pick a date prior to the problem and see if it brings it back.

    Good luck
     
  11. iamnirav

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    so yesterday i tried to install millenium after using a bootdisk so that my cd rom was detected but then it said that there is not enough space in my c: drive. doesn't make sense. when i lost everything I had 5 gigs used on a 5 gig hard drive. now in c:\dir only 146 files show up that take up about 8 mb of space. when i ran fdisk (i was just checking didn't do any partitioning) it said i have one drive and that it was 84% used and 16% free which is not the 50% i was expecting. even then though that should still be enough to install windows ME. another thing that confuses me is that when i type c:/dir it says that i have 8 MB used and only 2 MB free (again doesn't make sense). is there anything i can do so that in dos it recognizes that i do have 5 gigs empty and available - fdisk? or some other program?

    i also ran a dos program mscdex that looks through the information of the hardware components installed and it doesn't recognize that any windows is installed.

    i tried scanreg /register and it didn't recognize a register (error came up)

    any other programs to try to recover my harddrive (freeware/shareware)
    i paid for and tried hdngold (drivefix.com) but it didn't run - all i got was a blank screen.

    also is there anywhere on the web where i can download some generic system files for windows ME. right now it seems my computer thinks (under dos mode) that there is no other files or directories and that there is limited space. is this a problem with autoexec.bat, config.sys i dont see anything that remotely looks like a system registry

    i suppose if i could at least get windows millenium installed on there's hope for it recovering the files, but i can't even do that! i'd like to try to install it without reformatting the drive so that it has a chance of recovering the files. my questions turns into how do i get to the point where i can get my computer to realize it has enough space to install windows ME
     
  12. ~Candy~

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    scanreg /register? :confused:
     
  13. iamnirav

    iamnirav Thread Starter

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    nope, tried that a while ago...there are no windows directories detected in the c: drive only some generic system files
    no registry files
    hell there wasn't even a scanreg.exe until i copied it from a bootable disk to the c: drive
    scanreg /register doesn't work

    any more suggestions plsssssssssss
     
  14. ~Candy~

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    My point was, that scanreg /register isn't even a command. It was supposed to have been scanreg /restore.

    I'd suggest a format c: and reinstall Windows at this point.
     
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