Vista re-install on wrong partition.

April 16, 2011 at 10:13:41
Specs: Windows Vista
Hello, ages ago I hung around in these forums.

I did a reinstallation of my Vista Ultimate 64-bit on my SATA 500GB HDD. It's partitioned into two chunks a smaller one for Vista and a larger one for data. Booted with the windows disc. Formated the smaller old Vista installation and began installing it. When it's done I get into a boot screen and find two Windows Vista(!) Odd I thought, when I got into the newly installated OS. I clicked my computer and saw that Vista had installed itself into my data partition! And not the partition I clicked on during the installation.. How did that happen?

I've done this many many times before with different Windows' version without any problems whatsoever and now with Vista sky turns dark and world falls apart.
Is this some kind of Vista thing? Seems extremely ood to me.

I know it's hard but how can I try to save the data on my partition Vista destroyed? Any good software?

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April 16, 2011 at 12:29:03
You could create a "Live Linux CD" which will allow you to view your HD and save whatever you can find onto a Flash Drive. This runs Linux from he CD only (using Ram). I happen to use Puppy Linux for this. You would need to use the burn an image feature on another computer to create the CD. On the dud computer you then go to BIOS and put the CD ahead of the HD (if it isn't already) then boot up with the CD in the drive. Everything is single click in Linux and I've found drag and drop works best to copy to a flash drive.

Please come back and let us know how you got on.

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April 18, 2011 at 03:51:05
Thank you for your reply. I pulled out the hdd and put into another computer (got too many of them). Tried "PC Inspector" and "Recuva" amongst other data rescue software. But I will test a few more to see how much data I can possible save.
Bought an SSD and put in my main machine. Runs great. Now I just need to save the data on the old disk.

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April 18, 2011 at 06:23:47
Thx for feedback - many ways to kill the cat LOL.

Please come back and let us know the outcome.

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