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Need to View Recovery Partition Files

I just finished reformatting my computer to correct a lot of errors I was having with Vista.  Everything is working great now, except for one thing.  I backed up My Documents by zipping them and storing them on the D: partition, the same one that has the Recovery files.  I thought they'd still be there after formatting, and they sort of are.  The free disk space on the drive is the same as it was after I put My Documents there, but My Documents is not showing up.  It only shows the Recovery file.  I tried to access the recovery file to find out if My Documents is inside, but it will not allow me to view the files.  When I click on Recovery, I just get a warning message telling me not to modify any of these files, but it will not let me access the files.  I'm pretty sure that if I could get past this message to view the files on the D: drive, I'd find My Documents, but I have no idea how.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance!
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briancassinCommented:
The only way to get into that would be through a Bart PE bootdisk.
Did you disks to recover your system or the recovery partition if you used disks it probably formatted and remade the recovery partition if you used the recovery partition then it may still be there but that partition will be protected in windows so you do not accidently delete it

http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/

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seekhimfirst82Author Commented:
I used the recovery partition to reformat
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briancassinCommented:
If you used the recovery partion and the data was on the recovery partion it should still be there providing it actually did let you copy your data there. Generally speaking those partions are locked out to putting anything on them are you sure it actually saved your My Documents folder on there ?

The only option I see is using a Bart PE bootdisk as this is it's own enviroment and loads before windows loads it should gain you access to that partion if you do not see anything there then your files are probably gone. Your other option would be using a drive recovery software but for that you would have to slave this drive in another computer as installing the recovery software on the hard drive could cause a total data loss.
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seekhimfirst82Author Commented:
will Bart PE work with Vista?  I went to their site and it said I'd need the Windows CD.  Mine came preinstalled on my laptop.  I really have no idea how to do this, but it seems like an awesome program.  Thanks for telling me about it.  Can you help me figure out how to use it without a disc and on Vista?
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briancassinCommented:
Bart PE isn't going to work if you don't have XP.

Next suggestion is getting a Linux Knoppix distribution and trying to access your files through that. Download the Live CD version this runs straight from a CD Rom Drive.
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seekhimfirst82Author Commented:
I've been trying to get Knoppix, but everytime I burn it and try to run it, there are errors, like files are missing.  I've not been able to find a version of it that didn't have problems and have wasted too many discs on it.  Do you know where to get a version that works or know of something else to try?
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briancassinCommented:
get unbuntu instead it has a live CD Version too just don't install it

http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu
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seekhimfirst82Author Commented:
nk I just fixed it.  I found a program called Total Commander that replaces Windows Explorer.  I made it show hidden files and it found my backup files.  I just copied them, moved them to the desktop and changed the attributes so they wouldn't be hidden or system files.  Hopefully this will help someone else sometime as well.  Thanks for all your help though.
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seekhimfirst82Author Commented:
Figured out how to do it.
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