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Windows 7: Program Files (x86) showing as empty

4 Weeks Ago   #21
warmbells

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Here we are




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4 Weeks Ago   #22
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

D: has around 40G on it.
You say you cant see anything on Explorer.
What kind of files are on D: (data, programs)?
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4 Weeks Ago   #23
warmbells

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Mostly programs and some pics and documents. I've found a program called 'Drive Drill' which has located some of the files.
I'll try to access the drive again tomorrow as I think if it is showing then it must still be there.
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3 Weeks Ago   #24
warmbells

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Started the PC this morning and was okay, did not have time to check the D drive as I was going out to an appointment. This evening my wife went to use the PC and it would not start, eventualy it started to do a check on the C drive, at the moment (23:36 UK time) it is up to 4 percent and saying that files are unreadable. Would it be possible to use the windows 7 disc to do a repair do you think or is it shot?
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3 Weeks Ago   #25
Paul Black

Win 7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi warmbells,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by warmbells View Post
Would it be possible to use the windows 7 disc to do a repair do you think or is it shot?
Have you tried running a Startup Repair from the Win 7 installation disc?
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3 Weeks Ago   #26
warmbells

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Not tried that yet, But when I got up this morning the PC was working. D drive still showing that it is not accessible. What I might do is put a new smallish drive for the OS and partition the old drive into one and try it as D and see what happens. Or just get a 1Tb drive for D as they are cheap enough.
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3 Weeks Ago   #27
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by warmbells View Post
Started the PC this morning and was okay, did not have time to check the D drive as I was going out to an appointment. This evening my wife went to use the PC and it would not start, eventualy it started to do a check on the C drive, at the moment (23:36 UK time) it is up to 4 percent and saying that files are unreadable. Would it be possible to use the windows 7 disc to do a repair do you think or is it shot?
I would say that your disk 1 is dying.
As C: and D: partitions are on same disk, if you can boot save all your data on the other disk (E:).

Don't buy a HDD. Buy a small (128 or 256G) SSD. Use the SSD for Windows and programs and the HDD for data. You will have the speed of a SSD and the space of a HDD at low cost.
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3 Weeks Ago   #28
warmbells

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks for the replies,
I can boot and am leaving the PC on all the time and transfering everything I can to the spare drive. The PC has a GA-Z77-DS3H motherboard which has two slots for mSATA boards, my son has a 240Gb board he has not used and said he will let me have it. Will I have to go into the BIOS and change the boot configuration?
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3 Weeks Ago   #29
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

The main advantage of a SSD over a HDD is speed.
The mSATA should be used for Windows and programs and the HDD for data.
With Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free generate a disk image of disk 1. Save the image on disk 0 (E: ).
Partially restore the image on the mSATA disk. The 100M EFI partition first then the C: partition (You will have to let it shrink C: on the mSATA). Don't restore the D: as there is no space on the mSATA for it.
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