PA Bear [MS MVP] wrote:
> Forwarded to appropriate newsgroup via crosspost: Vista General.
> I upgraded to Vista Home Premium from Windows XP Media, and yes I've
> research. I opened C:\ right away and i was like. "wow they cleared a
> disk space" only to avail, I lost all my movies, all my mp3s, all my
> photos... resume's, etc. Yes, I've done PLENTY of research and digging
> through my harddrive and the internet. There is NO "Windows.Old" file. No
> trace of "mp3" ANYwHERE!
> Tried Data Recovery, etc. Tried everything. I've got nothin. I lost a
> personal stuff with this, family photos of those who arent with me
> pictures from Iraq. Everything. Any suggestions?
Marauder121 - You upgraded your operating system without first backing
up? As you have now discovered, this was unwise. If there is no
Windows.old and you have searched for your files, then you have lost
them. Stop using the computer immediately. Using the machine only
decreases the possibility of recovering any of the data.
Since you weren't specific about what data recovery products you used,
here are some links to data recovery software in case you want to try
some others. I use EasyRecovery Pro, but it is expensive. Depending on
your skills and situation, it might be better for you to take the
machine to a computer professional who does data retrieval.
PCInspector File Recovery -
Executive Software “Undelete” -
R-Studio - http://www.r-tt.com/
File Scavenger - http://www.quetek.com/prod02.htm
Ontrack's EasyRecovery - http://www.ontrack.com/software/
If you have already tried consumer-level data recovery procedures, then
the only path left is to send the hard drive to a professional data
recovery company like Drive Savers (my preference) or Seagate Data
Recovery. General prices run from $500USD on up. Drive Savers recovered
all the data on a failed laptop drive for one of my clients and it cost
$2,700. He thought it was worth the money; only you know what your data
is worth. I understand that some insurance companies are now covering
data recovery charges so check with yours.
Drive Savers - http://www.drivesavers.com
Seagate Data Recovery Services - https://www.seagatedatarecovery.com/
When this is over, create and implement a backup strategy so this sort
of thing doesn't happen to you again.
Elephant Boy Computers
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User