How can I restore a partition?

Microsoft Windows xp home sp2
September 4, 2009 at 12:13:01
Specs: Windows XP, 1 GB
My father-in-law was having problems with his HP Media Center PC (see specs above), not being able to boot into Windows. So, when he rebooted, noticed that he could hit a key to restore Windows (from a backup partition, apparently). He did that and that basically returned his PC to the state that it was in when he bought it, i.e. Windows looked like it had never been run before and there wasn't any of his saved files on there. Anything that he had installed on there was now gone.

Is there any way that I can get the old partition back that had all of his files? I was thinking maybe something like Partition Magic might work, but I don't know. Can someone recommend that or is a recovery program the best option here? Thanks.

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September 4, 2009 at 12:22:13
I was just now reading about a free utility that may help you. It is called Recuva. Get it at the link below.

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September 4, 2009 at 12:38:57

discusses a not unsimilar sitution; and includes some mentions etc. of possible solutions - i.e a few known utilities...

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September 4, 2009 at 12:47:51
I tried the program I linked and stopped it at 2%. At that point it had found over 28,000 files that were deleted. I didn't try to actually recover any of them because I don't need them.

Did your parents check in My Documents to see if any of their personal data is there.

Some manufacturers use destructive restore and some Non-destructive restore. The files may be there but you may need to take ownership of them. To learn how to do that look at the link below.

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