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Windows 7: Files gone after installation

18 Nov 2009   #11
ruudjw

Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by reghakr View Post
Possibly under the Program Files directory?

A "clean" install would wipe out all these files.

Anyway, a "clean" install requires that you have to re-install all your rd party applications.
Files in the Program Files directory where also gone, but that was to be expected.
Installation files that where stored on de D: drive are not supposed to vanish, since I do need these to bring my software back.


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18 Nov 2009   #12
ruudjw

Win7
 
 

It also looks like exe files, stored in a Vista backup are invisible.
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18 Nov 2009   #13
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

In your initial post, you said it was a partition, know you're saying it's a drive.

Could you clarify?
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18 Nov 2009   #14
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Have you looked for the files after "unhiding" hidden files and folders?
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18 Nov 2009   #15
ruudjw

Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by reghakr View Post
In your initial post, you said it was a partition, know you're saying it's a drive.

Could you clarify?
D: is a partion from the primary disk, but the backup made with Vista is stored on a totally different harddrive.


Regarding hiding/unhidding. I made sure all file types are showing in the explorer.
Or is there an other hide/unhide option in W7?
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19 Nov 2009   #16
ruudjw

Win7
 
 

I also came to the shocking conclusion that all my MS Access MDB files are gone.

I think I'll just re-install Vista.
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19 Nov 2009   #17
balky

Windows 7 RC
 
 
Files become corrupt

In my case it has been a nightmare...
My machine has three disk drives and one of them is used for storing data and executable files only.
Everything worked fine with Win7 RC, and then I did a clean install of Win7 RTM home premium and that was it...
During the installation windows took quite a while running chkdsk removing orphan files and deleting stuff...
I finally booted into the new installation and to my surprise all program installer files stored in a different disk than the one with the OS was all corrupt. EVERYTHING
Luckily I had an external backup of my installer files and data, so I formatted the corrupt disk and and restored from backup.
To my shocking surprise all the re-instated data was corrupt and not useable, so I had to run all my installer files from the external backup.
Thinking (or believing) that it was a hardware failure, I replaced the disk drive with a new one.
Then I tried to boot into the previous RC installation which was on the second disk, but ALAS! this was not possible anymore, I got an error message about a missing windows boot file, and to my surprise I couldn't access this disk drive anymore...
Is anybody able to tell me what might be going on here???
Ok, I formatted the drive but anything I put on it is immediately corrupt and not usable, just like the first disk that I replaced...
Is anybody having the same issue as well???
Does installing win7 RTM mean you have to replace all your disk drives???
This is so hard to believe...
Any ideas what is going on please????
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19 Nov 2009   #18
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

What drive did you instr Windows 7 on.

Was this a :clean: install or an upgrade?
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19 Nov 2009   #19
balky

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by reghakr View Post
What drive did you instr Windows 7 on.

Was this a :clean: install or an upgrade?
This was a clean install...
I have three disk drives in my PC, I was previously dual booting Vista and Win7 RC with each OS installed on a separate drive.
The third drive contains my installer files and other data.
I formatted the drive with Vista on it and installed the Win7 RTM.
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19 Nov 2009   #20
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

Get into the BIOS and change the second drive to the top position.

Make sure it isn't your 3rd drive
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