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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by dafseg, Oct 6, 2008.

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  1. dafseg

    dafseg Thread Starter

    Oct 6, 2008
    I have a huge problem I hope I can fix. Recently, I had a freezing issue and asked a friend for help. Instead of doing a system restore, he did a sytem recovery and I lost everything. I have an HP computer which has a back door backup and was wondering if there is any way to recover my files, documents and pictures. Thanks.
  2. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    There lies one reason for copying important documents, pictures, videos, music, favorites, address books, etc. to CD-R's on a regular basis.

    There are system recovery companies that may be able to recover some or all of your data, if you're willing to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to do it.

    If someone has a better and cheaper way, hopefully you'll get some responses.


    A freezing issue could've been a simple fix. It's too bad that you didn't come here first.

    Your friend doesn't appear to be very computer-literate.

  3. shinybeast


    Sep 29, 2008
    You could try removing the drive and attaching it to another Windows computer and use a program like recuva to possibly retrieve some of the files. I've never used it to restore data but I have looked at a reformatted partition with it and was able to recover some of the data had I wanted. What survived mostly was small files like pictures and such. Your mileage will vary.
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