posted on Jul, 20 2012 @ 09:20 AM
reply to post by Komodo
It's a shame that something so simple has become so complicated for your friend. And I sincerely hope everyone involved has learned something from
this experience. You'll hear the word redundancy a lot from a technicians mouth, because it's important. It can't be stressed too much. Not only
should your friend have been keeping regular backups, but the moment a problem was identified, all the data on that machine should have been backed up
before any repairs were even attempted.
I know I'm ranting a little here, but it frustrates me to see things like this happen, when it could have been prevented so easily. As I have said in
the past. Folks usually end up costing themselves more money by not seeking out a professional with a good reputation from the onset of their
problems. My apologies, I'll shutup and get to the point.
What I would do at this point, I can't explain to you in a forum. So my advice is to buy that new drive, and get him up and running. Windows 7 would
be a better choice than XP, but that's just my opinion.
Secondly, I would take that drive to a reputable technician, and tell him/her you need the personal data recovered from the Windows.old folder on that
drive. Make sure the tech knows he/she is dealing with malware, corruption, and permissions issues. This will also let you know if you are dealing
with a knowledgable tech. Does he/she look at you with a blank stare when you say permissions issues?
Lastly, tell your friend I said not to let his frustration get the best of his better judgement. The chances are very good indeed that a good
technician can retrieve all of his data that hasn't been erased or corrupted. And also tell him to buy a portable HD for backups, and learn to use
it. I wish you luck in this. And I sincerely hope your friend gets his important data back.
I now know why I usually avoid this forum like the plague. It's a very dangerous forum. I highly recommend everyone take any advice here with a grain
of salt, including mine. Go to a reputable professional face to face. You'll be glad you did in the end.
This will be my last post in the Computer Help forum. When it comes to the potential loss of valuable data, you don't need 20 anonymous opinions(My
apologies for adding to it). You need the help of a reputable professional.