Solved Win 7 Partiton is trashed

September 22, 2012 at 21:27:44
Specs: Windows x86_64
The Win 7 Partition on my PC is gone, as in dead, no data.
I tried recovery, but the ASUS Software will not restore the system.
After F9 (system recovery) is pressed it either just sits there and does nothing or a prog called asdvdburn crashes.

I have a backup of the actual data, but no Boot CD or DVD for the system. Please don't be smart and tell me to create a boot CD from Windows cos that won't work now, as there is no Win system left to make it from anymore and I didn't make one before that.
I still have an XP System and Linux, but this propreitary softwrare is driving me nuts.

The Boot & Recovery partitions are still intact, so that's a start.

I would like to make a Boot CD or DVD under Linux, but just don't know where to start.
On the Recovery partition is a about 40 Gigs of data, which I'm sure isn't needed just to boot Win 7. Can't find a guide for creating a Boot disc anywhere for one of these machines. Oh boy!
Any help would be greatly appreciated

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September 22, 2012 at 22:58:24
Is this a custom computer or one that came assembled with Windows 7 pre-installed?

Post brand and model number.

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September 23, 2012 at 00:54:39
PC is an Essentio BTW - pre-installed off the shelf

Problem solved: <F8> (Duh! RTFM)
The afore mentioned discs only work using this and not the F9 option .All went well, system restored.

Be warned against nasty Viruses that trash your system and lock up files / partitions!! That was the root cause and no way to get that data back ....

Thanks anyway and good site :D
Close thread pls

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September 23, 2012 at 04:44:32
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Glad to hear you resolved it. Make sure you have a good antivirus program on your system, I recommend Avast free version or Webroot's (pay for). When you are all set to your liking, make a Windows 7 Repair Disk and make a disk image to an external drive so if you need to you can restore it to that point instead of factory shipped state, combined with your normal back up, will get you back faster and smoother. Also consider having your data on a different partition, when you restore C drive this way, you do not effect your data partition and that is even easier.

To 'close' you just need to click on 'Solved', this will help others as well who read this later.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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September 23, 2012 at 07:22:29
You MAY be able to still recover some personal files. Try using recuva to search for files that are marked deleted but not overwritten. Get recuva from the link below.

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September 23, 2012 at 09:11:55
Recuva: Nice tip dude, thx.
Unfortunately the recovery mechanism formats all the drives so there won't be a lot left.

I made a Win 7 recover disc too now :D

& Thanks for the comments guys

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September 23, 2012 at 09:39:44
Formatting doesn't necessarily destroy the data. If the restore files wrote to the area of the platters that had data then it is gone. If not, then it will be recoverable.

Windows writes to the same locations as the original installation unless you changed the partition sizing.

Your personal data should still be available even after a quick format.

no harm in trying. You will be surprised at what pops up.

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