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« on: August 17, 2010, 01:53:35 AM »

Something happened to my windows XP mce partition and I can't restore it. So I loaded a second copy of windows on another partition and browsed my corrupted partition(c:), and 90% of my data throughtout the drive is gone?! So I need to access system restore on that drive to roll back to retrieve my data, however I cannot boot into safe mode or sm w command prompt. I tried "r" for repair installation and at that command prompt tried to run c:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe and it said "command not recognized".

 I'm pretty experienced, have looked on the internet for days, and am completely stumped. Please help you have the opportunity to be legendary!!! Seriously tho thanks to anyone who can offer advice, I haven't backed up my data in a couple years and have some very important stuff that I'd like to get back.
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2010, 02:35:14 AM »

You can perform a repair installation of Windows XP as long as the file system and the bulk of the operating system are intact - and you have a Windows XP installation/setup CD.

Try RECUVA   >>  http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download

Recovery from damaged or formatted disks.
Even if you've formatted a drive so that it looks blank, Recuva can still find your files on it.
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2010, 06:18:41 AM »

I had thought of doing a repair installation... I'm wondering if my system restore points will be preserved, allowing me to rollback to when all my files were intact.
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2010, 02:49:18 AM »

I duobt it but it sounds like a REPAIR INSTALLATION is your only option.
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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2011, 05:55:26 AM »

System Restore doesn't save user data, only system files, so even if you could run it it's unlikely to restore any of your data. It can not be run from the Recovery Console.
You could try running chkdsk /R from the Recovery Console, but I would image the partition first; if the files are too badly corrupted, chkdsk will just delete them.

Your best bet is to try running some recovery software from the 2nd copy of Windows.
Also a good idea to image the partition first, that way you can start over if needed by restoring the image




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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2011, 04:04:23 PM »

Sounds like your disk is corrupted pretty badly. I used to have the problem of not having a system restore either, but I was able to fix that. Because as it turns out, system restore can only be run when the windows installation is on C. Once I did that (I simply switched the drive letters) system restore points were back and working. So you may want to try this. However, as the others said, a system restore wont do you any good in terms of recovering bad files. For that you really need to use a recovery program. There are plenty of good ones out there. But who knows, maybe its just a systems thing why your files arent showing so a system restore is worth a try. But I wouldnt get too hung up about when all you really want is to rescue your files.
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