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recuperating/deleting files in Windows XP


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shinyhalo

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i recently reformatted. i HAD Windows XP professional edition installed but it must have been a pirate copy cos it wouldnt let me update, ANYWAY i got a proper copy of Windows XP home editon and cos i couldnt start up my computer i managed to reinstall windows but with the home edition version. it asked me if i wanted to delete the old instalation and i said OK BUT when the new installation was complete i found that i had the same amount of hard drive full, it hadnt deleted all the files i had from the previous installation and now i cant seem to find them to either use them or delete them to get hard drive space back. Is there any software that i can use that will search for any files in my hard drive from this previous installation or a way of finding them with Windows XP?, i hope someone can help me please, thanks !! Ali
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When you did a re-install of your PC. Did you also format your hard drive?
Are there still important documents on your computer? If yes, back them up.

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Olrik
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When you did a re-install of your PC. Did you also format your hard drive?
Are there still important documents on your computer? If yes, back them up.

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just need to know if i can get to the files that are occupying disk space, i was asked to format and i clicked yes but it seems like the new windows was just added onto the data that was in the hard drive already.
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well if you told it to format it then either it worked and all the other stuff is gone or it messed up and didn't reformat properly and you should probably redo it again and MAKE SURE you tell it to remove the old partition and then install to the empty space.. and if it asks format to ntfs full not quick...
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