reinstalling Windows 2000

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waywardbydesign

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(Computer Illiterate) Friend using a very essential machine had virus that disabled Norton, instructed her to insert Windows 2000 disk - She inadvertantly did a complete install and lost all of her programs and files. Not being familiar with the OS, wondering if there is ANY possibility of restoring? Any immediate help would be sincerely appreciated.

Angela
 
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Not an easy way, for a novice user. No simple Restore process.

The files will mostly still be on the hard drive, but no longer referenced or indexed.

Some may have been written over by the reinstall, and the more the computer is used now the more that will get written over.

Recovery software is available to try and recover some data but it is not always that easy to use. If the data is critical, then stop using the computer and get it to a data recovery professional.
 

waywardbydesign

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And by restoration specialist... I failed to mention one important detail - we're in Paris, Texas (of all places), not exactly a technoligical Eden. Being a novice in the cyber world makes me a freakin' genious in Paris... What do you suggest? I can do it.
 
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Use Google and look for file recovery Windows 2000

3,730,000 hits, but ignore any past 100.

Bound to be something there, add the word "free" if that is the budget.

Main thing is, give no guarantees, and remind them that having backups is a good idea as hard drives die regularly.
 

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It is nigh on impossible to restore the programs. The best you can possibly hope for is to recover some data files, and even then you would probably have to do a lot of fiddling to get the data back into the program that created it.
I'm not trying to put you off, but you are facing a long, difficult, and probably unsuccessful task. That is why it costs so much to get it done professionaly.
 
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