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Windows 7: Win 7 downgrade gone wrong

21 Feb 2014   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dagsky View Post
man this is gonna suck! I'm not going to lose all my personal files/folders though am I? I'm just writing over windows again right?
You have to backup all your stuff that is in the C partition because that will be erased. Copy your files to a stick or external disk. The programs you have to reinstall and the settings too.


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21 Feb 2014   #12
dagsky

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

OMG!!! I did a clone of my ssd to my external hdd which is 1tb, the clone size was 41gb, it now seems to have wiped my entire external hdd!!! I was using Macrium Reflec, please tell me i've not gone and also lost all my data on my external hdd!!
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21 Feb 2014   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you did not have a designated folder for the Macrium image, the image should have went into the root of the 1TB drive without wiping any data that was there. Look for files with this icon.


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21 Feb 2014   #14
dagsky

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

ok, i didn't do an image, i did a clone of the ssd. Also i don't see anything like what you have shown me above, what i see is below, also my external hdd now shows as 238GB??? Its meant to be 1tb. Also in the 1st image it shows 693.04gb but i can't click on it.


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21 Feb 2014   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That is indeed strange. In 5 years using Macrium on a dozen machines that has never happened to me. You must have made some user error. You can try this program to recover your stuff:


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22 Feb 2014   #16
dagsky

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

hi all, appreciate the help i got yesterdy. Managed to reinstall win 7 fine, now just having issues trying to recover/sort out what has happened to my external hdd. I have installed the recovery pointed out above, but after 8hrs it still hasn't finished scanning the drive, is this normal? It is at 37% and the percentages are going up so it hasn't crashed. The drive is 1tb
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22 Feb 2014   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I guess it is normal. A 1TB external drive can be a drag. It's slow if on USB2.
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23 Feb 2014   #18
dagsky

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi, i'm back again for help! The recovery software has finished it's scan and before i do anything i want advice on what i do next. Just a reminder, this is my 1tb ext hdd which was somehow overwritten by Macrium when i was backing up my ssd. The recovery software shows many partitions on my ext hdd, however i never created any partitions on it ever, i used it as storage without doing anything to it since i bought it. Also i have clicked SHOW files on some of the partitions shown in the image below, non of the file names or folders actually resemble any of the orginal stuff i had on this drive.....will it bring back my folder names again or am i just going to have a mess of data to go through?


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