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  1. #11


    Posts : 15
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    I thought they disappeared because I can't find them on local or internet shops for ages. In that case I don't know if if they still have to use A: and B: drive letters only. No idea.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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  3. #13


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


    Neophile Did you lose any data that you want to recover?

    We can walk you through to recover data that may have been lost through the windows installation.

    We cannot restore personalizations, or customizations, but we can probably get at least some of your data/files/pictures back..
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  4. #14


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


    If you havent formatted yet, this is how you would setup you boot in easybcd if you can still access your Win7 OS

    Your current setup from the win7 perspective, and this setup will only work from your win7 os, other OS will be different letter assignments..

    Disk 0 Partition 2 is your WINXP E:

    Disk 1 Partition 1 is your Win8 A:

    Disk 2 Partition 1 is your Win7 C:

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    For your XP boot you will choose TYPE = NT/2K/XP/2K3 Name = Win XP Drive=E:\
    Click ADD ENTRY inside box
    For your Win 8 Boot ------------ Type = Windows Vista/7 Name= Win 8 Drive=A:\
    Click ADD ENTRY inside box
    For your Win 7 Boot ------------ Type = Windows Vista/7 Name= Win 7 Drive=C:\
    Click ADD ENTRY inside box

    This is how Windows sees installations, the letters are meaningless and can be anything. With the consideration that A: and B: are reserved for floppies and should not be used if avoidable.

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  5. #15


    Posts : 15
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    Thank you so much for your instructions and offer, Brooklyn, it is very kink and thoughtful of you. I just found your two posts now, but I have to see it better later, no time right away. I have never lost anything for over 25 years of usage except very little about two years ago because I take extreme care. That once, the mothetrboard failed and sent me four times the same disc to change (the disk was new and under guarantee, but the fault was on the MB). Nobody realised where the fault was and the HDD was simply changed. After four times salvaging the files from the disk, I did loose a few of them, but just very few. For the SO HDD I make a regular image. Nothing is ever enough, but it helps and is better than the lousy System Restore.
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  6. #16


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


    Yeah, system restore.. I have my opinions about that too! lol

    You can buy an OS anywhere, anytime.. You cant buy your data back!
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