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Any good free programs to help me recover my files? I have Recuva already and it's kickass, but the old directory structure isn't listed, so recovering my pictures is getting to be a major pain in the ass. If I can find a program that lists the files and the directories the files were stored in before the drive went kaput, that would make it much easier, allowing me to just copy the contents of entire directories over to the new drives.

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You could try Diskdigger and I also have Paragon's data recovery suite that your welcome to try.





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Diskdigger didn't work -- some sort of cyclic error trying to read the drive.

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http://download.cnet.com/1770-20_4-0...entNav;navForm

http://majorgeeks.com/download.php?id=38&sort=7

Here's a list of freebies from download.com and majorgeeks.com





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I lost a drive a while back and tried all the free shit I could find. It's such a nightmare trying to resurrect anything. From now on, it's backups backups backups!
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I lost a drive a while back and tried all the free shit I could find. It's such a nightmare trying to resurrect anything. From now on, it's backups backups backups!
Windows update fucked my shit up. Shut the pooter down one night and woke up the next morning and it was still trying to install the update so I rebooted and poof. I've got three drives right meow so hopefully this won't happen again!

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Windows update fucked my shit up. Shut the pooter down one night and woke up the next morning and it was still trying to install the update so I rebooted and poof. I've got three drives right meow so hopefully this won't happen again!
If you had mentioned this to begin w/, it's possible to recover from this w/out file recovery and formatting.

I'll see if I can find the directions. You'll need you install media for it though. If it's an OEM Destructive install disc, you'll need to find a regular disc.

EDIT: Try this from Recovery Console.

You could boot to WinRE and copy back the automatic backed copies however.
By default Windows Vista maintains two copies of the registry however in
the c:\windows\system32\config\
c:\windows\system32\config\regback folder.
System is a newer backup than system.old in that folder for example.
about 12 hours apart, usually only a day old or so.
You can copy those over to the c:\windows\system32\config folder.
Backup the bad copies first just to be safe.
Replace SAM, Security, Software,Components, and System as one unit,
Do not just replace one hive.
If they do not work then try replacing them with sam.old,
security.old.software.old, components.old, and system.old

There are backup copies of the registry in the
\windows\system32\config\regback folder
You can try replacing the ones in the config folder with the ones from the
regback folder.
Rename the ones in the \windows\system32\config folder first
Change directory so you are in the \windows\system32 folder
ren system system.bak
ren software software.bak
ren sam sam.bak
ren security security.bak

Then
copy c:\windows\system32\config\regback\system
copy c:\windows\system32\config\regback\software
copy c:\windows\system32\config\regback\sam
copy c:\windows\system32\config\regback\security

All four registry hives should be replaced at the same time even though you
are only having issues with one of the hives, they are a unit, they are not
intended to be replaced individually, there may be issues later if one of
the hives is rolled back and not the others.





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Windows update fucked my shit up. Shut the pooter down one night and woke up the next morning and it was still trying to install the update so I rebooted and poof. I've got three drives right meow so hopefully this won't happen again!
Right meow? lol
I have RAID arrays in all the machines in the house, and also run a backup manager once per week. Redundant backups is the only thing that lets me sleep at night.
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i used a program called getdataback a couple of times for folks. it listed directories.
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Right meow? lol
I have RAID arrays in all the machines in the house, and also run a backup manager once per week. Redundant backups is the only thing that lets me sleep at night.
You've never lost data on a drive have you?





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If you had mentioned this to begin w/, it's possible to recover from this w/out file recovery and formatting.

I'll see if I can find the directions. You'll need you install media for it though. If it's an OEM Destructive install disc, you'll need to find a regular disc.

EDIT: Try this from Recovery Console.

You could boot to WinRE and copy back the automatic backed copies however.
By default Windows Vista maintains two copies of the registry however in
the c:\windows\system32\config\
c:\windows\system32\config\regback folder.
System is a newer backup than system.old in that folder for example.
about 12 hours apart, usually only a day old or so.
You can copy those over to the c:\windows\system32\config folder.
Backup the bad copies first just to be safe.
Replace SAM, Security, Software,Components, and System as one unit,
Do not just replace one hive.
If they do not work then try replacing them with sam.old,
security.old.software.old, components.old, and system.old

There are backup copies of the registry in the
\windows\system32\config\regback folder
You can try replacing the ones in the config folder with the ones from the
regback folder.
Rename the ones in the \windows\system32\config folder first
Change directory so you are in the \windows\system32 folder
ren system system.bak
ren software software.bak
ren sam sam.bak
ren security security.bak

Then
copy c:\windows\system32\config\regback\system
copy c:\windows\system32\config\regback\software
copy c:\windows\system32\config\regback\sam
copy c:\windows\system32\config\regback\security

All four registry hives should be replaced at the same time even though you
are only having issues with one of the hives, they are a unit, they are not
intended to be replaced individually, there may be issues later if one of
the hives is rolled back and not the others.
FWIW, I couldn't do anything from windows repair either. Everytime I tried to issue a command in Repair, it would give me an error. Doing DIR from the command prompt gave me an error that said "An error occured during directory enumeration." I followed all logical steps I could find from various sources online and none of them worked. I'm still looking for a decent data recovery tool, but I've got most of the important stuff, so the other stuff is on the backburner for now.

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