How to recover lost files,pictures

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decan99

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Hi, I have a Compaq Presario computer with Windows 98 and IE6 installed. If I try to install a later version of IE, my computer crashes so I've kept with IE6 which seems to have been working until now.
This morning when I turned my computer on, it was very slow to start, then the screen froze and I couldn't turn the computer off, call up screens,etc, not only that, my computer was sounding " duh duh DUH, duh duh DUH, duh duh DUH, duh DUH...which has meant for me no way out by to go through Computer Restore which restores my computer back to factory standards. There has never been any
problem with this, I've done it quite a few times over the last 7 years, until now. When I went through
Computer Restore, I found that all my pictures and 72 out of the 84 icons on my Desk Top were gone. I
went through restoring hidden icons, etc, and nothing has worked. I tried System Restore which restores my computer back to an earlier time but there was no date given that I could restore it back
to, which is unusual. Is there any way I can restore my lost files, lost pictures, lost icons, etc. I'm not
that computer savy, so I would really appreciate very clear instructions(if there are any). Thanks.
 

crjdriver

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Win98 does not have a system restore. System restore first made its debut in winME. If you mean restoring the os from a hidden partition, that is a completely different thing.

In any case, if you want to attempt to recover the data files, stop using the system immediately. Pull the drive out of the system and connect it to a working system as a slave drive. Now run data recovery software on the drive to see what you can recover. There are a few free versions of data recovery software; here is one.
http://www.piriform.com/recuva

You can also just pull the drive and take it to a computer shop that does data recovery. Note the cost on this usually starts at $150 or so and goes way up from there; add the cost of whatever media you want them to recover the files to ie external drive, burn to dvd, etc.

This is just one of the many reasons why we stress backups SO much.
 
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Try Hetman Partition Recovery http://hetmanrecovery.com/
It can recover files from formatted and repartitioned disks, and undelete files and folders from all types of hard disks. Recovered files can be stored on another disk, burned to CD/DVD or uploaded to a remote location via FTP.
And remember
stop using the system immediately.
 
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