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July 3, 2013 1:50:07 AM

Hello!
unfortunately I got my HD corrupted due to a sudden shutdown during window start up recovery.
The HD is now unbootable from, and the USER folder is empty, I've lost pretty much everything that ins't in my BACKUP folder. (Documents, Pictures, Desktop ect.)
What can I do to recover files from those specific folders? (if it even possible)
I've tried using photorec which is a simple and nice program, however it restored and labeled everything in a different name and in millions of them, including icons from games or application or txt files codes, or mostly unwanted items.

Any help is appreciated.
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July 3, 2013 12:22:37 PM

Pandora Recovery is a great free windows app for recovering data if you have an extra computer you can spare.
http://www.pandorarecovery.com/

If not, System Rescue CD has "Testdisk" and Boot-Repair which may be able to fix the problems without need for recovery, and if not, includes "PhotoRec" which is one of the most powerful data recovery apps available.
http://sysresccd.org/

You will need something to backup your data to. DO NOT recover your data to the same drive. use a different hard drive or USB disks, or DVDs or anything but the drive that contains the lost data.

(To run System Rescue CD, right click on the .ISO file you downloaded and select "Burn Image to Disk".
Alternatively you can install the .ISO to a USB drive with "Linux Live! USB Creator" [ http://linuxliveusb.com ]
Reboot the computer with the disk in the drive to boot into the System Recovery CD desktop environment
You may need to adjust the BIOS / system options to change the boot priority / boot order)
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July 3, 2013 6:48:56 PM

All right!
Have you tried this drive on another computer?
If it could work normally there, simply copy off all your data and try to format it for future use.

But, if it also causes the same problem, your drive must get some problems. In order to copy off all your saved data on this drive, you need to try a third party data recovery program, which could easily help user retrieve his inaccessible data from a hard drive.

There are also many drive data recovery freeware that could work much better that some paid ones online:
http://geeksdo.com/freeware/data-recovery.html
You should pay much attention to select a right one for your drive.

If data recovery software doesn’t make a difference, you may have to consult a data recovery company or expert.

In fact, in your case, if you have a backup of everything important, you could replace this drive directly and copy back all your data latter.
So, in the future, you should make data backups all the time.
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