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by: akalsha October 19, 2013 6:52 PM PDT

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Have I lost my files? Please help.

by akalsha - 10/19/13 6:52 PM

Hello all,

I'm hoping someone might be able to help me.

I have an HP desktop PC that's a couple years old. I was running Windows 8, until yesterday when I willy nilly decided to upgrade to 8.1. I almost had second thoughts, as sometimes it's better to wait on something like that so all the bugs can be worked out, etc.

After upgrading to 8.1, my mouse was not working. Apparently it's a widespread problem, and I think Microsoft has disabled downloads of 8.1 as they need to fix somethings.

I tried a few things, and couldn't get the mouse working, so I started looking into downgrading back to Windows 8. Apparently, the only way would be for me to to a system restore to restore it to the condition it was in out of the box with Windows 7, and then do the upgrade to 8 again.

I have two hard drives, C drive runs the operating system, and has some of my files on it. Second drive F is a 2TB drive, and I had it about half full of my files.

Like an idiot, I did not unplug drive F before doing the system restore, and for some reason the restore wrote to drive F.

After I realized what happened, I browsed to drive F to see what it looked like. The only files I can see now are the operating system files. BUT, the drive is now showing as a 900something GB drive, when it's really a 2TB drive. And, like I said, I did have it about half full of my files.

So, that leads me to believe, and hope, that my files are still there somewhere. Does anyone know if that could possibly be the case? And, if so, how to get them?

I did some searching online, and I've found all kinds of web sites selling software that claims to be able to help with this kind of thing. But, I don't want to waste money and buy some program, only to have it not work, or do even more damage.

I had a lot of pretty important files on F drive, like photos of my kids, that I didn't have backed up elsewhere. You can call me an idiot for that, too. ugh

So, what do you think? Should I start crying now?

Sincerely,
Heather

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