OS selector deleted xp os, how can I retrieve

Microsoft Windows xp home edition with s...
June 16, 2010 at 14:56:33
Specs: Windows XP
An OS selector deleted my xp os install by accident. Is there anyway to retrieve files? It left some folders on the root drive, like the programs folder and others, but just seemed to remove windows system folder.

Thanks, Linda

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June 16, 2010 at 14:59:32
What is an OS selector? I am not clear on what you did.

Are you referring to the boot selector used by Windows to choose to boot to different versions?

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June 16, 2010 at 15:10:31
Yes, a boot selector, not windows, but a third party, acronis, there were three entries and I only had two xp installations. Someone told me to remove what was believed to be just a shortcut they said. After clicking the red x and deleting the highlighted xp entry there was only one left. I don't know what happened, but the first xp installation is gone.

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June 16, 2010 at 15:24:06

Are you sure you actually removed the entire Windows folder or just the reference to it in the loader?

Have you tried booting into safe mode by tapping F8 on start up?

I am not familiar with the Acronis loader so I don't know how to fix it.

What is the other OS? The following MAY work. As I stated I don't know about the Acronis loader so I don't know what got deleted.

Do you have a full version WinXP CD? If so, boot to it and use the recovery console. Use the commands Fixboot and then fixmbr.

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June 16, 2010 at 15:28:55
I've tried the fix boot with the xp cd, but it only finds the second installation, the first one is just gone. I've viewed the drive with the second xp installation and live repair discs, the windows folder is missing totally. I'm not sure if some sort of file recovery software would help or not. I hope there's someway to recover them.

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June 16, 2010 at 15:36:37
If nothing has been written to the hard drive then you may be able to recover some files. You are not trying to resurrect the original installation are you?

Below are links to some file recovery softwares.

PC Inspector (freeware)
Zero assumption Recovery
The demo is limited
It will only recover 'up to' four folders per run
But you can make multiple runs
IMO the best, but not free

Just a thought. Are you sure you don't have multiple hard drives or at least multiple partitions?

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June 16, 2010 at 16:03:18
Thank you for the links, I will try them for sure.

No, I don't plan on using the old installation, I just want to recover some data files and the email folders that disappeared. I wouldn't feel comfortable using it without a new install.

Yes, I have multiple partitions, I had my main xp install on the first and a second for experimental purposes on the second partition. That way I could try out new software without trashing my main system. The third partition was used for storage area.

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