Recover data/files before re-installation of Vista


I cannot boot to Windows and I may go for using liveCD ie. puppu linux/ubuntu to backup my files/data before reinstallation of Vista. I realised that not all my files exist on my C drive, only some which I believe it is due to the corruption of my drive/partition. My question now is what would be the best approach to recover those prior to backup?


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Try slaving the drive in another computer
Brian GeeCommented:
That or getting a USB external hard drive enclosure that will allow you to read the drive's contents... and then you can use same enclosure for future use should you get another HDD to place into it and then use it as external/portable storage.

You can use Knoppix as well to read the drive and copy files out as well (in lieu of using the Linux options you noted).
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Try this free data recovery tool from well known company:
Download and simply double click on exe file. It will start CD burning wizard. Give it blank CD or USB stick. Then try to boot your laptop from it.
There you will find File Transfer Tool to copy out your data or repair current configuration.
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Pull out the hard disk and use USB jumbo drive adapter to connect to other PC and back up to that PC.
Here is the link of USB jumbo drive adapter. It is very useful that can convert IDE/SATA to USB.and easy to re-use you old hard disk.
Jackie ManCommented:
If you want zero data loss, you may need to download ultimate boot cd and boot your computer from the cd and backup the HDD image using built-in cloning software such as EASEUS Disk Copy to an external usb HDD.

Then, after you have re-insatlled the OS, install EASEUS Disk Copy  to restore the data in HDD image from the external usb HDD. 
weldonlamAuthor Commented:
Sorry if this causes any confusion, i am after a best approach for recovery of lost data not backup. I know how to backup the existed ones, thanks.
Jackie ManCommented:
Run the basic chkdsk /r command to check the HDD.
Pull out the hard disk and use USB jumbo drive adapter to connect to other Windows PC and run
chkdsk -R <drive label, i.e. E:>
to fix the NTFS filesystem.

If you can install ntfsprogs when you boot from Ubuntu LiveCD, then you can try this
(sudo ntfsfix /dev/sda1)

or try testdisk

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