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System recovery for xp deleted my personal files on desktop, can I recover them?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mvolcansek, Aug 20, 2009.

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  1. mvolcansek

    mvolcansek Thread Starter

    Aug 20, 2009
    After experiencing an error with windows, it wouldn't start up and said I was missing the hal.dll files, I fired up the windows recovery program. It worked like a charm, replaced windows and the hal.dll file, however all my folders with docs and pictures on the desktop that were there previously (which accumulated over years) were not there anymore. Is there any way to recover these missing folder and files? They weren't saved on the c: directly but only on the desktop. I tried system restore but it said there were no system recovery points I could recover from.
    Does windows make a backup of these desktop files before it deletes them?
    Please help anyone, thanks!
  2. Too-tech


    Aug 16, 2009
    If the computer hasn't been used much since the recovery most of your files will be intact.

    The tricky bit is getting them back. The only real way to retrieve your data is to remove the hard drive, plug it into another computer as a second drive and run a piece if recovery software over it.

    The first two links are to free recovery software, the third is paid for - this one does work very well.



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