accidently did a system restore without back up can i

December 14, 2013 at 13:53:40
Specs: Windows Vista
retrieve all lost files and photos that have now been deleted from my laptop. i am very gutted at what has happened as a lot of needed documentation now seems lost

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December 14, 2013 at 14:10:18
Was this System Restore or Factory Restore (System Restore shouldn't have touched your own stuff)?

You could try Recuva (free) - it might find some of them:

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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December 14, 2013 at 14:50:46
Which version of Windows; XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.

As Derek said, a Windows system restore wouldn't touch your files. A factory restore may have reformatted the drive or overwritten your data.

A slight glimmer of hope is if you have Vista, WIn7 or Win8, a Factory restore may have left the old copy of Windows on your hard drive.

Open up your C drive and look for a 'Windows Old' folder. If it's there, all your files should be intact from the previous installation. It's simply a matter of opening the folder, navigate to Users/your user name, then access the relevant, Doc's, Pic's, Music etc folders.

Copy and paste the files you wish to save to their new home.

Fingers crossed.

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December 14, 2013 at 18:30:08
Undo system restore for Vista:

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