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So last night i downloaded a page defrager that i found (either here or ccleaner-cant remember which) and i restarted my computer afterwards, and blank! no windows! couldnt find it for the life of me! spent a couple of hours dinking around, so finally just said f it and put all new windows in. i guess my comp has a version of windows stored somewhere within it, so it wasnt that hard (though my first time personally) putting windows on a comp. have spent all day installing drivers, programs, fixing settings, etc.

the only thing that bothers me is that i lost some great pictures of the kids that were transfered from my camera over the last couple of months that i didnt get around to burning. everything else is replaceable but those are priceless. :(

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Noticed you hadn't been on; sorry to hear this happened.

Do you happen to know what the application was called?

I'll try and gather some Undelete applications so you can try to recover those pictures (hopefully!)

Here's some data recovery links.

Active@ File Recovery

BadCopy Pro

GetDataBack for NTFS

PC Inspector File Recovery

...More

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Stuff happens. It was:

http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/PageDefrag.html

that i used. Usually after installing something new, i cclean, and then restart. Just a habit. I cant see how it was that program, but it happened right after that. anyhow, thanks for the info, i will try some of those- hope i can get the pics back-they were stored in picasso.

by the way, it was VERY convenient having your anti malware package here for download, and (coincidentally), the freeware list all here-saved me a bunch of time.

special thanks to yourself, capman for doing the freeware list, and (once again) djlizard. when i went to install the disk that came with my soundcard, it wouldnt install (for whatever reason). on a hunch, i tried dial a fix by dj, and **** it if it didnt fix things up and i installed the card! i dont know what it did, but man it worked!

it took me all day and a bit of last night, but im almost there.....

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I dont know. I just thought it would help speed things up. I guess computers are like cars-regular wear and tear, and sometimes they crash! :(

except for the pictures, everything is reinstalled and configured the way i want it. just have to log into a few forums and maybe defrag, but otherwise everything is cool. i actually learned a few things in the process, so it wasnt all for nothing. :shocking:

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That's terrible! I had something like that happen to me once, so I know just how upsetting that is. In my case, when I tried to boot up, I got a message that the file <windows root>\system32\hal.dll was missing or corrupted, repair or reinstall it. That problem (a bad boot.ini file) resisted all attempts at repair, had to reinstall WinXP.

I think it's very unlikely that PageDefrag caused the problem you had, it's a widely used and highly recommended app. In researching it before I installed it, and again just now, I couldn't find a single case where it caused any harm to anyone's system.

Did you just download it, or did you actually set it to run? The way that program works, it doesn't remain installed on your system. During the blue-screen phase of the boot-up, it installs, defragments, and uninstalls. So if nothing happened when you tried to boot, it never even got a chance to install.

But anyway, the most important thing now is to recover what files you can. Good luck with that, I hope it goes well. Later you can try to puzzle out what went wrong.

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page defrag ran once upon reboot, and then after i rebooted again, nadda. i didnt think it could be that program, but it was the last thing i did before black screen death. other than the pictures, everything is back and running. i couldnt find my xp pro disk, so just used the xp home built in to the comp.

i have yet to try the programs listed in this thread, but i will try them out to see if i can find my pics. :shocking:

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i never realized that my computer had a built in xp when i bought it. i bought it directly from ibm, and it didnt come with a physical xp home disk.

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sorry to hear that lotw! i suggest the tool PC Inspector that Tarun posted. I've used it before and recovered around 500 pictures off my sisters old hard drive.

@rr, being an XP Home user here, on 3 of the 4 computers in my household... i can say XP Home SUCKS! lol. but this is only because i do more then the average home user.

for example, i can't make a domain nor Join a domain on XP Home, I can't set permissions of files (without the use of a 3rd party tool) I can't make my server have permission shared folders (ie.. make a folder for you that only you can access on the network.. unless you're physically at the server).. etc..

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i never realized that my computer had a built in xp when i bought it.  i bought it directly from ibm, and it didnt come with a physical xp home disk.

Pretty crummy they don't give you an XP Home disk with the machine, then if XP breaks you're just screwed. Gotta go buy the OS again, even though you already bought it once when you bought the computer.

Here's the address to send a PageDefrag bug report: mark@sysinternals.com

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Pretty crummy they don't give you an XP Home disk with the machine, then if XP breaks you're just screwed. Gotta go buy the OS again, even though you already bought it once when you bought the computer.

Here's the address to send a PageDefrag bug report: mark@sysinternals.com

It sounds like they did what Gateway now does. They put it on a recovery partition and you press a certain key on boot to "recover".

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It sounds like they did what Gateway now does.  They put it on a recovery partition and you press a certain key on boot to "recover".

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thats exactly it.

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thats exactly it.

I hate and despise it. I'm trying to see if you can burn a recovery cd/dvd, then trash the "recovery partition". I've called and complained several times and told them I want a recovery cd/dvd. But they just offer a replacement hard drive. Idiots. :\

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if i had the knowledge of computers that i have now back when i had my HP 310n.. I would still have my recovery partition.. I wanted to try linux, so i got out my redhat 9 cd's.. didn't know what that partition was so i deleted it... so now i'm using a...... "modified"...... version of windows on my server lol.

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yeah i agree tarun. if i could, i would rather have a disk.

bio, if i knew 4 years ago what i knew now, i would not have bought my comp from ibm in a package like i did. i spent 2 grand 4 years ago and got 40 g hg, 2000 mhz and 256 ram with a basic system. have added stuff since, but i probably could have got better for the same price.

but i didnt even know what a gigabyte was back then......lol

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