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Windows 7: How recover files? - bugcheck50 video mem failed, sys restore fails


21 Nov 2012   #1

Win 7 Ultimate x32
 
 
How recover files? - bugcheck50 video mem failed, sys restore fails

Ok...long story, with whining included. I apologize if this is the wrong forum (no BSOD) but hope it is correct.

So the computer wouldn't boot up anymore, the screen had lines on it (which should have been a big hint), safe modes wouldn't work, restore points didn't load, repair and recovery disks didn't work, everything kept erroring out and rebooting. After two days of trying everything I could think of and find, I located my Win 7 disks and tried to fix with that and that didn't work, leaving only the reinstall which I really didn't want to do. I gave up and started a reinstall but guess what, that errored out and wouldn't load. I tried it twice which I now reeeeaally wish I hadn't because my windows.old would be the original system. At this point I found an old HP PC Doctor disk which ran a bunch of low level tests and told me that something was haywire with the video card. Wish I had known that before starting the reinstalls... I bought a new card and it cleared up the video issues, but the Win 7 still didn't start. I got a Ubuntu ISO and booted off that. It loads fine, the computer works like a champ. So I can now see the hard drive but both the windows and the windows.old are the two install attempts. All of the directories and files that I can see just look like your basic empty computer after initial install.

I know all my music and books and documents are sitting on the drive somewhere. The NTFS directory appears obliterated and recreated during the install attempt.

Is there some other way to maybe recreate the directory? I really don't want to have to just reformat the drive so I can get WIN 7 to load. Yes I have a backup but it is from Aug 2010. After I shifted to 500GB disks I couldn't really make more backups as I would have needed TB of storage and at the time that was too expensive.

Oh... and my spousal unit is truly not happy right now.

Any uplifting thoughts?


ps Disclosure - I posted this same question on how-to-geeks.

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21 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Can you try to mount the Windows.old file using 7-Zip or some other archive manager?
I believe that those can open it, although I am not quite sure.
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21 Nov 2012   #3

Win 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

I can try that. I think that the windows.old is just the copy of the first attempt at re-installing windows and the Windows is the second attempt. I think the windows .old that I really want got lost on the second attempt of an install.
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21 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Well, try to open Windows.old AND Windows
Good luck.
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21 Nov 2012   #5

Win 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Thanks for answering.
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