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Windows 7: Need help finding vital desktop info off a corrupted ex-C Drive

14 Oct 2011   #1

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Need help finding vital desktop info off a corrupted ex-C Drive

Long story short. A friend was having a problem with BSOD's and loop booting on his spinner C drive. He runs out and get's a new SSD and re-installs Windows 7 and life is much better now. The big issue is he had placed several critical project files on his spinners desktop without backing them up and he can't locate them now that the drive isn't the boot drive anymore. Does anyone here know where the desktop and it's info would reside? Your help will be greatly appreciated.

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14 Oct 2011   #2

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On the old drive C:\users\his user name\desktop?

Now maybe D:\users\his user name\desktop?
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14 Oct 2011   #3

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He says under users that the file is empty. This is why I'm thinking there should be a copy buried deeper in the windows files?
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14 Oct 2011   #4
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Hello Alan,

Your friend may be able to use this below to see if he can locate and retrieve the files off of the old drive.

Use Ubuntu Live CD to Backup Files from Your Dead Windows Computer - How-To Geek
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14 Oct 2011   #5

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Thanks Brink, I'll check that out.
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14 Oct 2011   #6

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Once you get them for him, remind him that if the files were that important, he'd have them backed up.
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14 Oct 2011   #7
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You're welcome Alan. Please let us know how it went.
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14 Oct 2011   #8

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If that dosen't work maybe try copy-Paste from the recovery console.
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