Installed windows 7 on a partition and during setup, I selected tools and clicked Format that partition. Which it did and installed everything No Problems, or so I thought.
It rebooted and all of a sudden my Drives have changed, Win 7 boots on its own without XP option during startup, it garbled my previous C: drive, it made drive I to become drive C.
I wanted to Dual boot, but instead I have lost all my files. In Ctrl Panel I click Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Administrative Tools\Computer management\Disk management. I see all the drives including XP installation and inside this drive there system files and size has been shrunk to 2.5 Gig used and available space of 146, out of 150 GB.
I ran data recovery and it found more than 450 GB of data residing inside 150 GB Hadrdrive, which made my hed spin, but then I realized, It may have had found Data of the previous installation before XP and combined everything in it's path.
I checked the recovered folder and found a folder with Jpegs, which I thought I was saved, but only to find all my Pictures of the past 8 years have been corrupted and I cant view them. I have tried everything in my witts and it seems like I am ROYALLY screwed by microsoft and now I am thinking maybe my option would be to Dual boot and see if I can run my "Shields Roll BAck and get my Data on Drive D, which was C before Win 7 installtio.
This is my Boot.ini below, which I got it from the supposed D with XP and I was wondering if anyone can help me figure out how to Dual boot XP and Win 7 without Screwing my self further into abyss.
Boot.ini: for previous XP. cant find boot.ini for WIn 7
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
It seems like files are there but during installation, Win 7 decided to stick it between my eyes and pulled a freaking trigger. The most important part of the lost files are, My pictures and Documents which my life depends on.