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  1. #11


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Then you have lost the entire contents, the entire drive may be corrupt. If you run the Drive Testing tools I asked you to run in my first post, that may get your partition back. The partition may be there but the MBR may have been written over, or you have read element failure somewhere else on the drive. GWscan can fix that. You are going to have to run it before you do anything, it's not just a matter of simply wiping the drive now, you are going to have to check the whole surface and not with CHKDSK, you can use GWscan or WDDiag if you have a WD drive. Run those first, then boot to Mini-XP and run the CHKDSK from there. After that, open the drive in Mini XP and see if your files are thered. Copy them out and then delete the partition, re-create it while installing Windows 8, there are advanced drive options when you get to the part where you choose which drive it is going to be installed on.

    But the more I see, I think you had already irrecoverably lost the contents of your drive, after the Windows came up and said it needed to Reset the PC. I think it was lost then at that point. But there is no way to know this until you do what I asked.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro


    I'm kind of confused about on what you're asking...
    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Then you have lost the entire contents, the entire drive may be corrupt. If you run the Drive Testing tools I asked you to run in my first post, that may get your partition back. The partition may be there but the MBR may have been written over, or you have read element failure somewhere else on the drive. GWscan can fix that. You are going to have to run it before you do anything, it's not just a matter of simply wiping the drive now, you are going to have to check the whole surface and not with CHKDSK, you can use GWscan or WDDiag if you have a WD drive. Run those first, then boot to Mini-XP and run the CHKDSK from there. After that, open the drive in Mini XP and see if your files are thered. Copy them out and then delete the partition, re-create it while installing Windows 8, there are advanced drive options when you get to the part where you choose which drive it is going to be installed on.

    But the more I see, I think you had already irrecoverably lost the contents of your drive, after the Windows came up and said it needed to Reset the PC. I think it was lost then at that point. But there is no way to know this until you do what I asked.
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  3. #13


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I need you to run a full disk scan on your Drive, you can download GWscan from here:

    Gateway Support - Download and Extract GWSCAN

    Or, you can download Hiren's Boot CD from the link below my Fringe Pic, and GWscan is included in it's Dos Programs, as well as many other Hard Drive tools. However you do it, I;d like you to run a full surface scan on your drive. If you have Read Element Failure, GWscan can fix it, and then you can go ahead an move your files off the drive.

    Were you able to see the disk contents in Ubuntu? That's the main question here, your Install disk seems to be saying the drive is empty. We just want to make sure it really is empty, or if the contents are still there and you can't see them because the Drive has some bad spots and can't be read properly. Because my main concern is getting you access to your files.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I need you to run a full disk scan on your Drive, you can download GWscan from here:

    Gateway Support - Download and Extract GWSCAN

    Or, you can download Hiren's Boot CD from the link below my Fringe Pic, and GWscan is included in it's Dos Programs, as well as many other Hard Drive tools. However you do it, I;d like you to run a full surface scan on your drive. If you have Read Element Failure, GWscan can fix it, and then you can go ahead an move your files off the drive.

    Were you able to see the disk contents in Ubuntu? That's the main question here, your Install disk seems to be saying the drive is empty. We just want to make sure it really is empty, or if the contents are still there and you can't see them because the Drive has some bad spots and can't be read properly. Because my main concern is getting you access to your files.
    I've used Hiren's Boot CD plenty of times :3
    I have ATLEAST 3 discs with it on them :P
    I'll run that ASAP!
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  5. #15


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro


    I think the Windows partition is unaccessible but before I went to bed I booted up into MiniXP I ran a few file recoverys and I found a lot of my pictures.
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  6. #16


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    I believe the windows.old folder is a working windows directory which you will have to rename to just windows plus rename or copy your old program files directories, etc...

    XWeAponX is correct in asking you to backup your data first.

    If I may suggest you clone your drive to another drive and work with the clone leaving your original drive untouched, so that no matter what happens good or bad you have your original untouched drive.

    Its a small investment to ensure data safety and you can always use that drive later once your windows is fixed..

    It looks like your windows or even your partition is not being found, everything I see is boot loader, no actual windows access.

    The member SIW2 has posted on this forum success in doing what you want, but he says it was an enormous job.

    Restoring windows.old file

    Heres another link on how its done in windows 7 just for reference, so you have an idea of what needs to be done.

    How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder

    I strongly urge you to clone the drive first, a full clone not just the data....

    Have you added an additional harddrive to your system since the mishap,maybe thats why its not seeing your windows partition.

    I would first attempt to repair the boot and see if it can get passed that point.. Ive had great success repairing boot issues with a Windows 7 boot repair instead of the win 8 boot repair, win 8 always wants you to reinstall, whereas win 7 will actually fix the problem.

    Dont take any shortcuts here, backup that drive........
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  7. #17


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by mew View Post
    I think the Windows partition is unaccessible but before I went to bed I booted up into MiniXP I ran a few file recoverys and I found a lot of my pictures.

    That's Great - Also take into consideration Cloning the drive as Brooklyn says. I have a "Brute Force" approach to fixing my stuff, seems you have as well. At one time I would have tried what you described in your Video, but over the years, I realised that my FILES are what's important, I've got Terabytes of Pictures, Music, Movies, and Projects made by various Music recording programs like Sonar and Pro Tools. It is MOST important to me to be able to install the exact same version of any program I used to create a Sound or Video project, so I have the installers and serial numbers and keys, and emails with them saved as well.

    It sounds like you used the Key from a lesser version of Windows to try that "downgrade" therefore losing access to programs, but I'll bet the actual programs and their executables were still there. just the links/aliases/Shortcuts to them being lost.

    So ahead and find the most important files and do the Cloning if you think it will help, if you have a "Windows.old" folder I'll bet most of your sfutt if is in it - I've never tried to recover what's in there, but if Brooklin knows a way, we'll just save the whole Windows.old folder somewhere and restore it if we can.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mew View Post
    I think the Windows partition is unaccessible but before I went to bed I booted up into MiniXP I ran a few file recoverys and I found a lot of my pictures.

    That's Great - Also take into consideration Cloning the drive as Brooklyn says. I have a "Brute Force" approach to fixing my stuff, seems you have as well. At one time I would have tried what you described in your Video, but over the years, I realised that my FILES are what's important, I've got Terabytes of Pictures, Music, Movies, and Projects made by various Music recording programs like Sonar and Pro Tools. It is MOST important to me to be able to install the exact same version of any program I used to create a Sound or Video project, so I have the installers and serial numbers and keys, and emails with them saved as well.

    It sounds like you used the Key from a lesser version of Windows to try that "downgrade" therefore losing access to programs, but I'll bet the actual programs and their executables were still there. just the links/aliases/Shortcuts to them being lost.

    So ahead and find the most important files and do the Cloning if you think it will help, if you have a "Windows.old" folder I'll bet most of your sfutt if is in it - I've never tried to recover what's in there, but if Brooklin knows a way, we'll just save the whole Windows.old folder somewhere and restore it if we can.
    Well I deleted the Ubuntu partition and I was just like screw this and now It acts like my computer has NONE of it's data.
    I think I messed up even more :c
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  9. #19


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    still recoverable since you have not written anything to the drive. clone it first, then we can repair your windows and restore your data..

    If you really do not want to clone your drive, then I would run the win 7 boot repair option in your win 7 dvd.
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  10. #20


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    You mean, run the Windows 7 Boot Repair on a windows 8 installation, that MAY work, If it locates the Windows installation, it may fix it. He'll lose the Modern Boot GUI, it will revert to the Windows 7 Boot Manager.
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