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I had to restore my computer (running Windows 7) back to its factory default, so I ran the HP recovery manager disc and chose to reformat my computer. Before doing this I was given an option to backup my current files to a DVD, and I did so; getting the confirmation of a successful DVD burn.

Booting up my computer everything looks like it did when I first purchased it (like expected). But when I pop in the backup DVD and run the recovery EXE inside it, the application creates a directory inside C:\System Recovery Files which contains the empty directories: [(^_^)] and Program Data.

So essentially what I'm getting out of this is a failure in creating a back-up. Which is not only confusing but incredibly frusterating.

Is there any way that I can recover the files lost in the

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Did you try opening the DVD in My Computer and checking to see if the files are there? Maybe you can copy them manually. –  Ove Apr 16 '12 at 5:52
    
Yeah, the DVD contains a backup image which can be extracted using the packaged executable. But that image only contains the mentioned content. –  Baehr Apr 16 '12 at 19:02
    
Well, then it seems that the backup wasn't created. You can try to recover the deleted files using recovery software. Try Recuva –  Ove Apr 16 '12 at 19:07
    
Make sure the recovery files in that folder are not marked as "hidden" –  Moab Apr 16 '12 at 22:44

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