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Windows 7: Recovering files after reinstalling windows 7. Urgent help needed!!!

28 May 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Recovering files after reinstalling windows 7. Urgent help needed!!!

hello everyone
i have a windows 7 ultimate 64 bit on Lenovo B560 laptop.
yesterday i downloaded bluetooth driver from the lenovo site, when the already installed driver was not working and also not getting updated.
when i was installing the driver, after some time it seemed as if the system has hanged. so i ended the process through start task manager, thinking to reinstall it. as soon i ended it, i saw many of the files on my system were missing.
i tried using system restore, but of no help. from that time on i got the message:

Boot Manager:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1.Insert your Windows installation disc and restart the computer.
2.Choose your language settings, and then click "Next".
3.Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

i tried everything possible to repair, but ultimately i had to reinstall windows.
now my major problem is all the data and softwares on my system are gone and i have no idea how to recover it. i do not have any system image or as such any backups. i handled any blunders in the past through system restore but that is not working.

i am a novice at using computers and do not have much technical knowledge.
pls someone help me!! i have my project to submit.

thanx in advance.

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28 May 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Did you have multiple partitions on your hard drive when you reinstalling win 7?
If you go into disk management you can easly determine this.
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28 May 2013   #3

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote:
Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible
Reason:
  • Something messed with bootmenu
  • start sector of Windows 7 partition changed
  • disk signature of physical disk where Windows 7 is on did change
In bootmenu is a bootentry called something like "windows 7". It has info like "start Windows 7 from disk with signature 1289afbe, from partition that starts at sector 127862".

So one of those things did change. Maybe whole partition was gone (corrupt)? Did you try startup repair then?
Were all partitions still on disk when you did a reinstall?
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28 May 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

hello Josea and Kaktussoft
firstly, thanx for replying

before reinstalling windows, my hd had c: and d: partitions; c: had windows installed and most of the data, s/w. d: had some data.
before reinstalling windows i tried system recovery from installation disk. there i also looked in the option of loading drivers. then i noticed in 'open driver' window that my c: drive became d: and d: to e:
i could make this out by looking at the space occupied by drives.
at the time of reinstalling it was mentioned that the old data will be copied in windows.old folder.
after reinstalling also i have c: and d: drives. data on d is there. but windows.old contain mostly empty folders or system folders. all my documents, data and personal data all are gone.
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28 May 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

when i got Status: 0xc000000f error i tried every option that showed up for recovery, but it got me back to the message:

Boot Manager:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1.Insert your Windows installation disc and restart the computer.
2.Choose your language settings, and then click "Next".
3.Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.
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28 May 2013   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Do you have folder c:\windows.old\users ? Is your (old) username there? There is the old documents/music/pictures folder. Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
Be sure to show "hidden files" and "system protected files". You can revert the settings later
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28 May 2013   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Try Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download It is a free program and works great. It depends on the condition of the missing files but is worth a try.

Jim
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28 May 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

yes i do have c:\windows.old\my username folder. it contains many of the older folders(not all) but furthermore most of these folders are empty.
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28 May 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

hey Jim, thanx for the suggestion
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28 May 2013   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

One tip. If you are recovering files from the C: partition, recover them to your D: partition so you don't overwrite anything on C:

Before you start read the guides at: Piriform - Recuva

Good Luck,
Jim
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