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Windows 7: System Image Recovery

29 Jul 2015   #390
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Tegewaldt,

It depends if D is on a separate hard drive than C.

If not, then it could be wiped.

If it is, then you can use step 8 in the STEP TWO section to not have it wiped.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jul 2015   #391
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Further to Brink's comment. Although I generally use Macrium Reflect now I have used Windows inbuilt many times and restored many times. Provided I haven't altered the system disk partitions I seem to always get this:

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In this case:
Usually never select the format and repartition option and you should be ok. If you do then the exclude disks option will become a selectable option. Then exclude the other drives. But you will probably lose data partitions if they exist on your system drive.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Feb 2016   #392
betaupsilon

Windows 7 Home Prem 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Further to Brink's comment. Although I generally use Macrium Reflect now I have used Windows inbuilt many times and restored many times. Provided I haven't altered the system disk partitions I seem to always get this:

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In this case:
Usually never select the format and repartition option and you should be ok. If you do then the exclude disks option will become a selectable option. Then exclude the other drives. But you will probably lose data partitions if they exist on your system drive.
OK guys,
I did a HORRIBLY clumsy mistake in my haste in recovering an image. Either 1 of 2 things happened, but my guess is the information is still on the SATA hard drive.

1) I may have forgotten to exclude the other internal hard drive that is separate from my SYSTEM hard drive.
2) After recovering the the image successfully I used the DISK CLEANUP utility to delete the RESTORE POINT created when doing the image recovery.

By the way I used the WIN 7 BACKUP & RESTORE utility. After completion of these 2 operations I noticed everything was gone from the other hard drive except that the 2 partitions on that drive still exists.

If I had made mistake #1 would those 2 partitions have been eliminated? I am speculating that operation #2 somehow eliminated the files on those 2 partitions. Even though I do not see the files in WINDOWS EXPLORER are the files still residing on those partitions?

It appears that the partitions somehow got reformatted. Having said that, can I still get the information from those 2 partitions since reformatting does not actually erase or wipe the disk?

I hope for some uplifting news!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Feb 2016   #393
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

betaupsilon,

You might see if this may be able to recover the partitions on the drive.

Partition - Recover Deleted Partitions in Windows
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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13 Feb 2016   #394
betaupsilon

Windows 7 Home Prem 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
betaupsilon,

You might see if this may be able to recover the partitions on the drive.

Partition - Recover Deleted Partitions in Windows
The partitions still exist, but the files are gone. So is this utility still appropriate?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Feb 2016   #395
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You could give it a try to see if it may be able to recover the files on the partition. If they are not listed in the program, then the files will most likely be gone for good.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Feb 2016   #396
betaupsilon

Windows 7 Home Prem 32 bit
 
 

The 1st link on your tutorial to downloading the PARTITION RECOVERY utility is no longer valid. Fortunately, I already had PARTITION WIZARD. I did not know the RECOVERY utility is embedded until I read further into your tutorial.

I am running a full disk scan & a list is being generated. So I might be in luck.

Is there a system log I can access that might identify which operation caused the partitions to lose the contained files?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Feb 2016   #397
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thank you for letting me know. All updated now.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Feb 2016   #398
betaupsilon

Windows 7 Home Prem 32 bit
 
 

PARTITION WIZARD found 1 of my lost partitions, but the 2nd is not listed. I assume this is a 1 shot deal at recovery, so if I recover the 1 partition now I won't have a chance at the other later? Is there another utility I should try?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Feb 2016   #399
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You could see if the other programs in the tutorial may be able to recover more first.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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