Help!! Recover files from PC hit by lightning

May 7, 2010 at 07:59:42
Specs: Windows XP
My computer must have got hit by lightning yesterday. This morning when I turned my computer on it asked me to do a system config. After that was complete the drive was up and running perfect but it was like I just bought it and all my files where gone. I had some important files located on my hard drive and really need them. I did not use my windows operating disc when I did the system config. I'm not sure how this happened. How can I go about to recover these files? Is there a cheap way I can go about to recover these files? I would really appreciate the help if anyone knows what I can do!!


I have read this recovery page at:

It's 4 years old though. Is there a better and cheaper way to do this? Don't want to spend $100 if I can keep from it. Would rather for it to be between the $0-$30 range.

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May 7, 2010 at 08:00:02
Also, the error message it gave me said something was wrong with my registry and to contact the system administrater. Then it did a system config. When my computer rebooted and loaded up. Except now all my files are gone and it is like I just bought it. The files are still on my hard drive because there is too much memory gone for it to be a clean install. How do I get these files back?

Yes, all my old accounts are there and I guess the computer won't let me access my accounts anymore?

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May 24, 2010 at 04:26:56
It sounds like your files are still there, but access is restricted to the old accounts. If you google "take ownership - XP folders" (without the quotes), you'll find information that will give you access to the files under the old accounts.

You've been lucky. The only time I had a machine that was the victim of a lightning strike, it fried everything, leaving no salvagable parts, whatsoever.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.

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May 24, 2010 at 23:11:10
After a long search I found two software for one in your range and the other above your range both the software are
Wondershare Data Recovery $39.95
Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery Software $79
What i Liked in the first software is the varied file system support but in the second software I liked the 185 file types support The decision is yours this what my findings are

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May 26, 2010 at 01:50:29
computertech10, had a thought. Dunno if it'll work, never tried it. Seems like it should. I'd try the ownership thing first, but if that fails, you can boot up virtually (no HDD write) into Linux and copy the missing files. Seems to me that oughta make them available.

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May 26, 2010 at 09:03:52
Have you tried using Recuva Data Recovery software for Windows?..It's free.

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May 26, 2010 at 09:58:34
I would also try a live cd. I use a xp live and a win7 live and a linux live cd. do a search for xp live cd. burn it boot from it ,,,make a directory to copy files into and go get your files.

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May 26, 2010 at 12:01:29
With a free Linux "Live CD" produced on another machine you could run Linux and copy your files onto a flash drive or whatever. I've used Puppy Linux to do this many times - just drag and drop between screens. All single click working.

You have to use your image burn facility (usually ISO) to create the CD. If that feature is not available "CD BurnerXP" (freebie) will do it. On the dud machine you will probably have to go into BIOS to make the CD first in the boot sequence.

[If you are not already aware, these CD's don't use Windows at all - they run straight from the CD. Windows will return to exactly how it was, when you close down and remove the CD]

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