i reinstalled xp, how do i restore photos?

November 26, 2010 at 10:17:49
Specs: Linux
When turned on my laptop would only show a black screen so i reinstalled the xp disc. So now it turns on ok but none of my photos are there, neither is my music! I'm not fussed about the music but the photos include wedding and honeymoon ones!! I'm not at all technical so any help will be much appreciated!

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November 26, 2010 at 10:34:58
The photos will be deleted when you reinstall XP. Try using some data recovery software like "recover my files" www.recovermyfiles.com. Next time be careful and put your important documents and photos in any drive other than your C drive. Otherwise keep a backup of your docs in an external disk.

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November 26, 2010 at 10:48:30
You should have posted here or elsewhere on a help site when you had your initial problem and described your symptoms. Usually whatever the problem it is can be fixed without you having to install Windows from scratch, unless the hard drive is failing.
Even if you DO need to install Windows from scratch, if you can't get Windows to work, you can usually boot with something such as a Linux disk and copy your data that you don't want to lose to elsewhere, BEFORE you install Windows from scratch (or your original brand name software installation).

In your present situation, at best, you will only be able to recover files with undelete or similar programs that have not had their location on the hard drive over-written by new data.

XP doesn't have the drivers built in for most things that first came out after XP was first released, circa 2001, and it doesn't have some of the drivers built in for things made before that.

Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.

If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included.....

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"If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included, the best time to load them is right after you have installed Windows from scratch...."

If your XP CD does not have any SP updates, you will have to load SP1 or SP2 updates before you load SP3 updates.

Regular Microsoft XP CDs have SP2 or SP3 printed on them if they have those updates included. All the regular Microsoft XP CDs that have SP1 updates included that I've seen DO NOT have SP1 printed on the CD, but the volume labels - the labels you see for the CD in Windows - for CDs with SP1 updates included are different from those with no SP updates at all - you can search using that volume label to determine whether it has SP1 updates or not.

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November 26, 2010 at 10:53:58
As was stated above you should have posted first. I suggest you try using a program called recuva to attempt recovery of files. Get it at the link below.

The more you use the computer, the less likely you can recover files.


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November 26, 2010 at 12:23:51
Yet another reason why you should always have current backups of important data. Hard drives fail, often without warning or apparent reason. Some people maintain 3 or even more copies of important pictures and other data in different locations. If the data is of sufficient importance that is not a bad idea.

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