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OS damaged, trying to get data back

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by tbarwic, Jan 23, 2007.

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  1. tbarwic

    tbarwic Thread Starter

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    A friend with XP Pro had the OS go bad. It would only start to load and then say the needed files were damage or missing. I removed the hard drive and read it on another XP machine but could find no data (pictures) anywhere under Ā“Documents and SettingsĀ” or anyplace else. So I reinstalled XP Pro to the c:\windows directory and it works fine, but can still find no data.

    Is the data being hidden? How can I get it back?
     
  2. ace_coffee

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    did you look under hidden files at all?
    Just a stab in the dark here - it could be that a possible virus changed the extension of all your pictures to be something else.
     
  3. tbarwic

    tbarwic Thread Starter

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    i set the file system to show hidden files but found nothing.
     
  4. ace_coffee

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    are you just looking for pictures and were they kept in one folder location?
    It could be that that folder is corrupt and the files may be unreadable.

    If they were .jpgs, did you do a complete search just for *.jpg, etc..
     
  5. JohnWill

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    Actually, the pictures are probably stored in the Documents and Settings folder. I doubt you'll find them in the Windows folders.
     
  6. techy689

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    yes. as john said u will not find them in ANY windows folder because the windows folder usually doesnt let anything be added to it unless it is being done by microsoft. Try using the Microsoft search tool. select the destination, and then select pictures. it will search for all pictures on that hard drive.
     
  7. tbarwic

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    Searched for pictures. None from camera. Same for *.jpg search. Same for using undelete utility. Unless they are hidden by XP Pro cause that installation was wrecked and i installed it again, it seems there is no picture data.

    Any other thoughts?

    thanks,

    tom

    All searching was of whole hard drive.
     
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