Damn just messed up my PC...............

Found 13th Feb 2009
Somehow corrupted my config file on my pc. So went to system recovery and everything has been deleted.

How do i get it back?>

thanks

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eek - have you got your xp/vista disk?

ooooopsy, I hope you have the install disk.

If you don't feel confident - take it to a computer repair shop, especially if you have important data on there you want to recover.

Good tools you need:
Acronis Disk Director 10
Acronis True Image Home V10 Download a free legal version here ]http//ww…0pe
Partition Table Doctor - this tool is a godsend or alternative - Active Partition Recovery (untried)
Another working computer with a cd writer. (Two cd's)

When you say everything is deleted, I'm assuming you mean that it shows no NTFS / FAT32 Partitions. It sounds like you have completely wiped the partition table / File allocation table. FAT

On a another good laptop/pc.
You need to create a system recovery cd with Acronis Disk Director, a bootable cd.
When you install Acronis disk director select custom - everything.
When installed, there's an option in the menu to create a recovery cd.

Boot the bad computer from the Acronis recovery cd, it should show either an NTFS Partiton or a FAT32 Partition, you should recognise it by the size and normally this either the full disk or 80% with a recovery partiton.
If nothing is displayed - ie. it appears there are no partitions, then you have corrupted/deleted the partition table /FAT table.
Acronis Disk Director does have a feature to undelete missing partitions, but it only works with partitions that have 'properly' deleted and then need to be recovered, it doesn't cope with corrupted deletions of partitons.
Really at this point it best to make a sector by sector image of the disk - especially if there is important data.
(Use Acronis True Image for this) - in case the initial recovery of the partition table doesn't recovery the right tables.
Use Partiton Table Doctor , this will attempt to recover the partition table on the disk, generally it is very quick
and does the job perfectly. You need a bootable recovery cd containing Partition Table Doctor. (Its not an expensive program and brillant for this)
Partition Table Doctor attempts to re-create the Partition Tables/FAT by examining the underlying structure on the disk, and fills in the gaps, often its case something small has been damaged, but other times it can attempt to recover previous partition tables (sort of ghost images of the disk) - so should be used with caution, you get the option to view a virtual partition (what it will look like before writing it back to the disk) - check this looks right.
You may need to after this apply new config.sys/boot.ini files

Its not a job for the faint hearted - and again if you have data on the drive you need - get a specialist to do it. Make sure the computer shop you take it to are competent to undertake this tasks.
Show them this and if they don't understand the operations - don't let them near it.

Hope this helps (Feedback appreciated)

Have you gone to Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore/Restore My Computer to an Earlier Time?

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DVDKEV;4374759

Have you gone to Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System … Have you gone to Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore/Restore My Computer to an Earlier Time?



that doesn't work because the whole system has been re installed.

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tightar5e;4374747

If you don't feel confident - take it to a computer repair shop, … If you don't feel confident - take it to a computer repair shop, especially if you have important data on there you want to recover. Good tools you need:Acronis Disk Director 10 Acronis True Image Home V10 Download a free legal version here ]http://www.acronis.co.uk/mag/ati10pePartition Table Doctor - this tool is a godsend or alternative - Active Partition Recovery (untried)Another working computer with a cd writer. (Two cd's)When you say everything is deleted, I'm assuming you mean that it shows no NTFS / FAT32 Partitions. It sounds like you have completely wiped the partition table / File allocation table. FATOn a another good laptop/pc.You need to create a system recovery cd with Acronis Disk Director, a bootable cd.When you install Acronis disk director select custom - everything.When installed, there's an option in the menu to create a recovery cd.Boot the bad computer from the Acronis recovery cd, it should show either an NTFS Partiton or a FAT32 Partition, you should recognise it by the size and normally this either the full disk or 80% with a recovery partiton.If nothing is displayed - ie. it appears there are no partitions, then you have corrupted/deleted the partition table /FAT table.Acronis Disk Director does have a feature to undelete missing partitions, but it only works with partitions that have 'properly' deleted and then need to be recovered, it doesn't cope with corrupted deletions of partitons.Really at this point it best to make a sector by sector image of the disk - especially if there is important data.(Use Acronis True Image for this) - in case the initial recovery of the partition table doesn't recovery the right tables.Use Partiton Table Doctor , this will attempt to recover the partition table on the disk, generally it is very quick and does the job perfectly. You need a bootable recovery cd containing Partition Table Doctor. (Its not an expensive program and brillant for this) Partition Table Doctor attempts to re-create the Partition Tables/FAT by examining the underlying structure on the disk, and fills in the gaps, often its case something small has been damaged, but other times it can attempt to recover previous partition tables (sort of ghost images of the disk) - so should be used with caution, you get the option to view a virtual partition (what it will look like before writing it back to the disk) - check this looks right.You may need to after this apply new config.sys/boot.ini filesIts not a job for the faint hearted - and again if you have data on the drive you need - get a specialist to do it. Make sure the computer shop you take it to are competent to undertake this tasks.Show them this and if they don't understand the operations - don't let them near it.Hope this helps (Feedback appreciated)



Are there any simpler methods? I assume if i mess it up first time i won't be able to get things back again

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bbump

What make of PC is it?

Reason I ask is because some of these manufacturers retores aren't destructive.. I.e. they preserve the data thats on the drive..

Try going to your C drive and seeing if theres a folder there with your old disk structure in there.

Or try going into the documents and settings folder and seeing if your old user profile is still there..

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baconsandwich;4381139

What make of PC is it?Reason I ask is because some of these manufacturers … What make of PC is it?Reason I ask is because some of these manufacturers retores aren't destructive.. I.e. they preserve the data thats on the drive..Try going to your C drive and seeing if theres a folder there with your old disk structure in there.Or try going into the documents and settings folder and seeing if your old user profile is still there..



its a philips

Hi,
Is there an easier method - well if you have just deleted the config.sys (and that you are sure thats all you did) and your using Windows 98, yes because the files/data will still be intact. but you need to copy the config.sys file back. Its not as easy as it sounds because you can boot into Operating system.

If the data is important - don't risk it -
take a sector by sector image (you might be able to just take a normal backup if everything looks intact-which is quicker) of the disk beforehand to USB Flash Drive. With True image it can be done in about 20-30mins for an average laptop. From then it gives you or an expert the chance to recover back to that point, if you make a mistake in the process. Acronis Disk director allows you to explore the disk and the files on there.

If you can explain in a bit more detail, don't worry if you don't use the right words etc.
Is it a Desktop Computer or a Laptop. Make and model.
What operating system are you running Windows XP / Vista / Windows 98SE.
When you say everything is deleted, how are you seeing this. What program did you load
Did you boot the Windows XP Disk and enter recovery mode? Is this what you mean.
Explain what happens from the moment you switch on to the moment the point you realise something is not right.
What does it say on the screen, do you get a 'blue screen' as Windows starts.
Is there data on the computer you want to keep, or are you just looking to restore Windows XP to the default settings.
Anyway - need a bit more information.
Do you have access to another computer- preferably running the same operating system?
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