Recover Files after Vista reinstallation

Gateway Laptop with amd athlon x2 dual-c...
May 17, 2010 at 00:41:41
Specs: VISTA
I had to re-install VISTA due to bootmgr failure. I assumed that i would lose all my files but on startup i have found that 190 gb of disk space is still used. I therefore assume the files are there somewhere. Please help


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#1
May 17, 2010 at 09:14:34
google taking ownership of files for the how to gain access to your old files. You will need to reinstall the apps you used to access that data.

new install=new sid=doesn't match old sid stamp on files=no access

BTW the proper steps are;
recovery console/bcdedit
repair install

New install is what you do when all else fails.


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#2
May 19, 2010 at 00:55:38
Wanderer.

Thanks. I found that VISTA had created a backup file on the c drive of the whole system before it reinstalled.

Once i took ownership of the main directory i was able to cut and paste all of the files i needed which was great.

Only problem that i have now is that the remaining subfolders in the backup folder (windows, program files) which account to about 30gb.The system will not allow me to delete them. as i only have 2 gb left on the C: has anyone got any ideas how to gain permission.

thanks


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#3
May 19, 2010 at 03:56:23
UPDATE.

I managed to take ownership of the files and gave myself control permissions. This allowed me to delete approx 50% of Backup files. It appears that the rest require me to go into each and every folder to reset the permissions (there are approx another 4000).

Any ideas of a faster way to do this please...

thanks


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#4
September 22, 2010 at 06:41:14
As this is almost October, I am hoping you managed to come up with an answer to your last request? I have recently stumbled upon the same fate. Is there a quicker way to delete the older backup files? Thank you for any help.

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#5
October 4, 2010 at 06:44:33
Sadly I am sitting here with, not 1 but, 2 "backup" files. Yes, ignorance is bliss and I found myself reinstalling Vista a second time. Now I have double the size of the "backup". I sure hope someone reads this. :(

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