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A while back my laptop stopped booting into Windows 7 and instead constantly loaded a blue screen of death. So I installed another copy of Windows 7 and opted to keep the installation of the original copy of Windows 7 intact. (On the boot menu both Win installs are listed). The new installation works fine however I am unable to find my documents on the older Windows installation. I have two Hard Drives listed C: (30.3 GB) and D: (252 GB) both on the same physical drive. If I remember correctly a new partition was created for the latest installation of Windows. The Winodws.old folder exists on the C: drive, however it is empty. I was very careful to make sure that all older files would stay intact during the installation.

Is there a way to retrieve these files from the new installation? If not, perhaps I could boot into the older version and circumvent the blue screen?

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Right-click on the C: drive in My Computer, Properties>Tools>ErrorChecking. Tick both boxes and select "Check now"

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This will perform a low-key disk recovery, which should work.

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This did not recover the files. – Jason Nov 28 '12 at 8:44
@Jason: OK, generally it works in such situations. The next step is trying to recover the partition with stronger tools. If that doesn't work, you probably have to give it to data recovery experts. – Manishearth Nov 28 '12 at 8:48

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