Lost all files from laptop

Dell Inspiron 15 laptop (intel core 2 du...
April 3, 2010 at 11:34:57
Specs: Windows XP
Hi there,

I wonder if anyone can help me with following.

I am using Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop. It was 1st
time rebooted about 6 months ago after few
years of purchase. After reboot, it was working

However, 2 days ago I switched off at night as
normal and when I switched on in the next day
morning, I were shocked to see laptop was
excatly in new mode (it was automatically
rebooted and came into blank mode due to
which I lost all files which were in desktop and
my documents). After spending sometimes,
luckily, I managed to find find back up in
C:local disk. But again, yesterday I switched
off in the night and switched on this morning
and again laptop came back to blank and
rebooted mode and lost all files which I could
see yesterday. I am really worried as I have
had all my course work from university. Can
anyone help how to locate these files and how
to stop this happening with laptop.

Thanks in advance for great help.


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April 3, 2010 at 12:07:14
Try a bootable cd like knoppix.

Then make regular backups

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April 3, 2010 at 12:08:26

Is there any way I can restore lost files??

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April 4, 2010 at 00:47:04
Yes, use a knoppix disk, then copy the files to another location.

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April 4, 2010 at 23:02:15
Depends what you mean by "lost files"?

If they are still there on the drive but you couldn't access them normally... the possibly knoppix or ubuntu will allow you to access and copy them to optical-media and/or an external HD.

If you mean they aren't there at all... post back; as likely you will need file reocovery software ideas...?

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April 7, 2010 at 15:24:18
I think they are not there (within hard drive). It seems like they have been deleted. It happened all of sudden, however some of
the files from my documents location are still available and I can
open them. I lost all the files from desktop screen. plz help

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April 7, 2010 at 15:44:57
Take your laptop to a known good computer repair place immediately if you expect to get your data back. This is not something for you to "fix" or follow anyones advice or you will lose it all.

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October 31, 2010 at 18:39:36
my computer has done the exact same thing. But i ran a malwarebytes scan and it showed that it was scanning through all of my lost files like my pictures.. how can that be if i cant access them! I really need help.. i cant find any of my pictures! I have so many pictures that are "lost". All of my documents are gone, it is just is so weird. I had been gone all weekend with my boyfriend and when i get home and turn my computer on.. it is in standard mode, the mode in which it was when i bought it! Everything is gone and I dont know why!

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