my windows wont startup at all, i can enter bios, but not hope at getting it to run in safe mode, just asked to restart due to a disk error.
i'm using a slax live cd to recover files, found a /mnt/sda1 3.0GB directory with files of strange type, and a sda2 and sda5 each with 40kb but no files. im using sony vaio, windows xp. has slax mounted both my windows drives??
searched google and slax forums endlessly, with no avail. please help, how do i recover my files??
The sda1 is your window C drive . Did you saved your data in a separate partition or in the C drive itself .
Did you have any other partitions (meaning in window you had drive D , F etc...).
If you do not have any other partition , then the sda2 and sda5 maybe some hidden partitions (some laptop have hidden partitions with recovery files).
I'm gonna take a few wild guesses here, maybe Soni can confirm or deny --
The 3gb partition with the odd files might be a 'diag' or 'recovery' partition, normally put at the front of a drive and inaccessible. Compac and Dell were famous for this. It's hard to imagine a modern windows install on a 3gb partition.
Assuming a common windows partition scheme, the diag partition and the rest one big extended partition; any linux will report that disk as having an xda1, and an xda2 containing an xda5 that is the same size.
Need to boot with slax and run
#fdisk -l (where that's a lower-case L, not a one)
which will reveal much useful info about the drive(s) in your machine. Post that output here if you can.
My guess, this calls for a windows file un-deleter, a util to recover erased files -- not available in slax. When you get beyond mkfs and file copying, it's better to reach for windows tools. Even then, the un-deleter is likely to find 86,000 files to restore -- this is a daunting problem.
I agree with burning bush, the 3gb partition is very likely your recovery partition which you can boot into to reinstall your machine back to the default XP/Vista that it was delivered with. Your sda2 is perhaps your windows directory but given how you say there is only a 40kb file on it, I'd say your hopes of recovery are very slim. If the 40kb file is a directory containing filecheck files then you can get a filecheck recovery software (available free - check google) but it won't restore everything and neither will it restore them back to the original filenames.
I would suggest you take the hdd out, plug it into an external hdd enclosure, bring it to another windows machine and do a full checkdisk on it. See what you can do if anything at all.
If you value your data, you don't touch that disk, not before recovery.
You mount Slax with the "noauto" cheatcode
(then you may manually mount external disk/s for saving space),
you do that
to tell you about all your disks and partitions,
you get a full copy of your current disk (especially the first one) to another media - with dd or dd-resque
you try and recover your files from that copy you just created.
It would be helpfull to know just how this happened, ie. if you were playing about with the mbr of with the disk partitioning, you may just have to fix these (the mbr or the partition table), but still it would be safer to only attempt it after getting a full disk copy.
The second disk (not the windows/system one), will be easier to recover in another computer or in a usb/firewire external case, but here also you'd better mount it read-only on your first trial.
my computer is Sony windows 10. unfortunately i lost its login password and now Windows 10 account locked. how can i get access those documents in my computer? that would be terrible if i couldn't retrieve them.
There are many data recovery tools out there, Google it.
PS: if you found your data was lost, you should not create new data on your computer or other data, otherwise the data was overwritten by new data.