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I had to repair my XP installation yesterday, but when I booted up my data files weren't all there. My Documents is empty, for example, and half if the folders on my Desktop are gone, but several folders I had under C: are still there.

I was unable to backup before I had to repair my installation, and I'm ready to either cry or throw up. I have installed as few things as possible to avoid overwriting any "hidden/deleted" files.

Is there any way to recover the files that should have come back after I repaired XP?

Thanks so much for your help!

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Welcome to TSF....

From what you typed it looks like you did a full-installation of windows, if that is what you did whether on purpose or by accident the chances of getting the lost data back are not good since a clean install usually formats the drive first.

If you used the media center recovery disk it is really unknown by me if you can do a repair-installation with that software. I would contact HP tech support to find this out and if there is anyway of recovering the files that are now gone.
 
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