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May 24, 2004 10:55:41 AM

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Is it possible to retrieve files from the hard drive? I
reinstalled XP when my pc crashed because it was having
trouble starting back up. It appears to have reformated
the drive and even though it is up and running, all my old
files are gone, everything! I'm really hoping that there
will be a way to get it all back. There must be people
out there who specialise in that sort of thing. Can anyone
help me?
Thanks, Cheryl

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May 24, 2004 3:39:57 PM

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Ontrack's Easy Recovery Pro can get them back.. http://www.ontrack.com/


"Cheryl" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> Is it possible to retrieve files from the hard drive? I
> reinstalled XP when my pc crashed because it was having
> trouble starting back up. It appears to have reformated
> the drive and even though it is up and running, all my old
> files are gone, everything! I'm really hoping that there
> will be a way to get it all back. There must be people
> out there who specialise in that sort of thing. Can anyone
> help me?
> Thanks, Cheryl
Anonymous
May 24, 2004 5:18:16 PM

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Hi, Cheryl.

It may be too late to help you this time, but you should be aware of what
Microsoft calls the "in-place upgrade", as described in this Knowledge Base
article:
How to perform an in-place upgrade (reinstallation) of Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;q315341

This procedure reinstalls WinXP itself - without reformatting the hard
drive - but preserves your installed applications and data. When it
finishes, you will need to get your firewall and antivirus back in place,
then visit Windows Update to be sure you have the latest Service Pack and
later updates. This takes about as long as a fresh install, so you'd better
plan on half a day.

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
rc@corridor.net
Microsoft Windows MVP

"Cheryl" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:1151501c44196$cd5d4c40$a601280a@phx.gbl...
> Is it possible to retrieve files from the hard drive? I
> reinstalled XP when my pc crashed because it was having
> trouble starting back up. It appears to have reformated
> the drive and even though it is up and running, all my old
> files are gone, everything! I'm really hoping that there
> will be a way to get it all back. There must be people
> out there who specialise in that sort of thing. Can anyone
> help me?
> Thanks, Cheryl
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Anonymous
May 24, 2004 5:24:21 PM

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Cheryl, Contact www.drivesavers.com
Stop using the computer now, every time a new file is
written it is damaging the old data files.

Use a different computer to research "file recovery" and
you will find companies that do this very well at a price
and software you can use yourself. If the data is very
important, are you willing to spend big bucks to get it
back?

--
The people think the Constitution protects their rights;
But government sees it as an obstacle to be overcome.



"R. C. White" <RCWhite@msn.com> wrote in message
news:%23ZpX9tbQEHA.3016@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
| Hi, Cheryl.
|
| It may be too late to help you this time, but you should
be aware of what
| Microsoft calls the "in-place upgrade", as described in
this Knowledge Base
| article:
| How to perform an in-place upgrade (reinstallation) of
Windows XP
|
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;q315341
|
| This procedure reinstalls WinXP itself - without
reformatting the hard
| drive - but preserves your installed applications and
data. When it
| finishes, you will need to get your firewall and antivirus
back in place,
| then visit Windows Update to be sure you have the latest
Service Pack and
| later updates. This takes about as long as a fresh
install, so you'd better
| plan on half a day.
|
| RC
| --
| R. C. White, CPA
| San Marcos, TX
| rc@corridor.net
| Microsoft Windows MVP
|
| "Cheryl" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
message
| news:1151501c44196$cd5d4c40$a601280a@phx.gbl...
| > Is it possible to retrieve files from the hard drive? I
| > reinstalled XP when my pc crashed because it was having
| > trouble starting back up. It appears to have reformated
| > the drive and even though it is up and running, all my
old
| > files are gone, everything! I'm really hoping that
there
| > will be a way to get it all back. There must be people
| > out there who specialise in that sort of thing. Can
anyone
| > help me?
| > Thanks, Cheryl
|
Anonymous
May 25, 2004 4:04:26 AM

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"Cheryl" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:1151501c44196$cd5d4c40$a601280a@phx.gbl...
> Is it possible to retrieve files from the hard drive? I
> reinstalled XP when my pc crashed because it was having
> trouble starting back up. It appears to have reformated
> the drive and even though it is up and running, all my old
> files are gone, everything! I'm really hoping that there
> will be a way to get it all back. There must be people
> out there who specialise in that sort of thing. Can anyone
> help me?
> Thanks, Cheryl

If you re-installed Windows XP then your old data files were
overwritten. While it is true that there are people out there
who specialise in retrieving data under such circumstances,
they mostly work for the FBI or CIA where cost is of no
concern.

You may have to consider this unfortunate event as a
start reminder that you must back up your important
files to an independent medium once every week, without
fail. Don't forget to back up your EMail files too!
!