I have a 250GB Hitachi sata drive that had Windows Vista on it. By mistake I used Acronis 2009 and cloned a copy of Windows XP over the top of it. I then used Get Data Back for NTFS and recovered all the Word documents and jpgs from the userids that existed under Windows Vista. But when I try to display the jpgs all that displays is “Invalid picture file”. I’ve tried to display them using both Picasa under Windows XP SP2 and the Windows Picture viewer under Win7 Pro. When I try to display the Word documents using either Word 2003 or Word 2010, it doesn’t convert the files into anything that makes sense.
I thought that Get Data Back for NTFS would do a direct bit by bit copy of the jpgs and doc files. I’ve used it many times to successfully recover user files in various circumstances. How can I recover these pictures and documents?