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Windows 7: Recover partition and files

10 Apr 2010   #1
ozzyfat2000

windows 7
 
 
Recover partition and files

I have windows 7(64 bit) on my system and decide to use windows xp but when I install it,all of my hard formatted
and my drives and old partition loosed.
when I restart my PC default OS is XP and don't see windows7 in OS list.
How can I restore windows7 and lost partition???


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10 Apr 2010   #2
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

If you formatted your hard drive you'll have a hard time recovering the lost data. It normally costs lots of money to be done by professionals and takes inordinate amounts of time. Here are some links to some programs, but I highly recommend that you forget about the data unless there's something that you need so badly that you can't go on without it.

http://stellar.fileburstcdn.net/stel...taRecovery.exe
Data Recovery Software Products - Runtime Software Products

By the way, even if you were to recover the data from those hard drives, I highly doubt that you would be able to boot into the Windows 7 partition. Like I said, unless you need something on that hard drive badly, just forget about it and perform a clean installation.

In the future, read a few tutorials before performing any major computer changes.
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10 Apr 2010   #3
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

I agree that it would be very difficult if not impossible to recover afer formt, but if you feel that you will still attempt to do so, use the hard drive as little as possible. Every use makes it more difficult to do a recovery.
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10 Apr 2010   #4
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ozzyfat2000 View Post
I have windows 7(64 bit) on my system and decide to use windows xp but when I install it,all of my hard formatted
and my drives and old partition loosed.
when I restart my PC default OS is XP and don't see windows7 in OS list.
How can I restore windows7 and lost partition???
You have a single hard drive where windows 7 was installed. While installing xp, you formatted the entire hard drive ?

If you want to get your data back now, I think Recover My Files is the best solution here. Its a snapshot from their site, look the red box. But at first stop using the disk and get a data recovered . It will take a great time ... it may take 3 or four days ... or even more depending the size of your disk


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11 Apr 2010   #5
ozzyfat2000

windows 7
 
 

No,I just format E:\ drive that beforehand created in win7 to install win xp.
I just format my E:\ drive not all of hard.
win 7 is in c:\ drive but I have some memorial movies in F:\ dive that when I boot PC
only show win xp in boot list and when load win xp I have ONE dive (c:\) ,size of this drive is whole of hard.
How can I recover my movies.It's so important for me.
thanks for help.
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12 Apr 2010   #6
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ozzyfat2000 View Post
No,I just format E:\ drive that beforehand created in win7 to install win xp.
I just format my E:\ drive not all of hard.
win 7 is in c:\ drive but I have some memorial movies in F:\ dive that when I boot PC
only show win xp in boot list and when load win xp I have ONE dive (c:\) ,size of this drive is whole of hard.
How can I recover my movies.It's so important for me.
thanks for help.
It seems that while formatting the E drive you unwillingly formatted your entire hard drive; otherwise the C drive shouldn't be the entire hard drive, it would be of the size of E only.

If only E is formatted, then when you installed XP while having 7 installed, the windows seven bootloader may corrupt, and it is recoverable, if the installation is there. To get back win 7 boot record, you are to run Startup Repair for at least three consecutive times. If you dont have a windows 7 dvd, you may download system repair disk from neosmart and run the said startup repair. If it works, no problem. But if it doesnot work, apply the Recover my files program.
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12 Apr 2010   #7
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

If the files are recoveable, likely Recuva will retrieve them.

You may also download the trial of Kernel Data Recovery, and see if it can find your files. If so, you will need to purchase the program.
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12 Apr 2010   #8
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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12 Apr 2010   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

As theog says, with a Disk management screenshot we can steer you how to recover Win7 if possible, create a Dual Boot, or if your files are recoverable.

To recover Win7, you'll need to mark it's partiton Active first in Disk Management before running Win7 DVD or Repair CD Startup Repair 3 times with reboots.

If you can get into Win7 first, then posting the Disk Management screenshot is easier using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attach file using Paper Clip in Reply box.
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12 Apr 2010   #10
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

If you installed XP after Win 7 and you can no longer get to Win 7, try this.

Boot to the Win 7 install DVD and go to the repair option and command prompt. Type the following:

bootsect /nt60 sys

Hit enter and wait for a response. This should replace the Nt boot with a Win 7 boot.
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