New Install Lost Files


  1. Posts : 30
    Win 10
       #1

    New Install Lost Files


    Days after trying to repair did a new install, said it would blow away all
    my files. Fine (I have them on a backup drive).

    Windows 10.

    So install finished, look at 2TB drive, its reporting only 196GB left =
    did not blow away files.

    So I go looking for them.

    Arrghhhhh

    Cannot find, either by searching "DOCUMENTS" or specific docs I know are
    in the old DOCUMENTS folder. Look in the Windows.old, no luck there either.
    Recycle bin, nope. When I do the "DOCUMENTS" search, as typed, 4 folders
    found, all empty.

    Look at dskmgmt to make sure nothing funky about partition, all looks OK.

    Do not want to run Disk Check because thats what blew up my prior installation.
    Running a Disk Check blew up boot process.

    There is something in my machine trying to kill me with stress. Its getting close
    to working.....

    Any ideas welcomed :).


    Regards, Dana.
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 56,110
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #2

    What method, exactly, did you use to install?
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 30
    Win 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Meida creation tool, usb stick. Boot to recovery tools that
    gave me option to do install either clean or save files. I used
    clean install because save files wanted me to boot to windows
    first, which the system could not do. Eg. non booting system
    reason for reinstall. After days of recovery efforts.


    Regards, Dana.
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 56,110
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #4

    danadak said:
    Meida creation tool, usb stick. Boot to recovery tools that
    gave me option to do install either clean or save files. I used
    clean install because save files wanted me to boot to windows
    first, which the system could not do. Eg. non booting system
    reason for reinstall. After days of recovery efforts.


    Regards, Dana.
    I'm trying to be sure on this.

    During the installation, did you have to select a partition to install to, or did the process take off with a solid blue screen and white letters showing progress?
      My Computers


  5. Posts : 30
    Win 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Sorry, do not remember.

    I found on web a tool to find largest folder in system which should help with
    detective work, running it now.

    Win 10 had a storage settings option for use in finding apps/folders and sizes,
    found a big "other" classification, but when I expanded it it said 1.6 TB of stuff,
    showed 4 items only few hundred MB, and nothing about the rest.


    Regards, Dana.
      My Computer


  6. Posts : 56,110
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #6

    Dana, is this thread a continuation of this one?

    Recovery from Non Booting PC
      My Computers


  7. Posts : 17,369
    Windows 11 Pro
       #7

    If you selected the existing partition to install to instead of deleting the partition and installing to unallocated space, then it is the windows.old folder taking up all that space.
      My Computer


  8. Posts : 30
    Win 10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    The folder shows 0 bytes as properties, apparently because I have
    no permission as admin to get into it.

    Incredibly misleading time wasting implementation.....

    I am running a permission utility, so should be able to see stuff soon.

    Will close thread.



    Regards, Dana.
      My Computer


 

  Related Discussions
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 14:46.
Find Us




Windows 10 Forums