Can not repair, reset or re-install and it seems my data was wiped...

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  1.    22 Sep 2016 #11

    I find it hard to understand. My harddrive is 500 GB. Recently, my Windows took up 431 GB and my Ubuntu took up 37 GB. I removed the Ubuntu and extra and now my Windows is 483.9 GB. Do you mean that I should have 75 GB (15%) that is Free space--unused partition. Or is this 483.9 GB ok?

    As it stands now, I run into the same problem as before. No data. And I can not run the installer from start up because of the Compatibility Report.

    My Windows harddrive is 191 GB used and 292 GB. At this point I am preferential to recovering lost data. Thank you!
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  2. axe0's Avatar
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       23 Sep 2016 #12

    Use this link (goes to my onedrive) to download Macrium Recovery, a program I recommend and use myself very often.
    In Macrium recovery, click the computer icon in the bottom 3rd from the left.
    It opens a utility a little similar to Windows Explorer, from there you can copy and paste all data you want/need to recover :)
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  3.    23 Sep 2016 #13

    I am so grateful. Although what is the hotkey for the computer icon? I do not see a cursor, so I can't navigate anything. The only key I know to work is "Alt" which gives me the upper menu. Is my mouse supposed to be unresponsive? Is there a way to make the mouse responsive?

    It's really a touchpad. Sorry that my computer seems to be so out of shape. I tried looking through macrium's user guide and troubleshoot, but I don't see anything about how to turn on my mouse. Do I need to buy a backup mouse?
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  4. axe0's Avatar
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       24 Sep 2016 #14

    There shouldn't be any problem with the mouse, do you have another mouse or can you borrow one?
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  5.    24 Sep 2016 #15

    I borrowed one. But I did not find the data. Was there a particular place I was supposed to look? Or was I supposed to run something before browsing? It looked like my regular explorer after the data was wiped. I.e. I don't see my sda4 and 250 GB still missing.
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  6. axe0's Avatar
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       25 Sep 2016 #16

    It's similar to Windows Explorer, when you open a partition you should see what you also see in Windows Explorer.

    If you can't find your data, then it is almost gone. It may still be present on the hard drive, only not visible for the system, to access it you need a docking station to put the drive in and a computer to connect the docking station to.
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  7.    25 Sep 2016 #17

    I see. Although, I think I noticed why I can not detect the files.

    Apparently, they are in the found.000 folder. I noticed that Macrium took a while to load the folder but it eventually did load. The folder is very curious in that it has 100,000+ files and its 146 GB. When I thought to run a 'find' for a file I knew ( it showed up deep in that folder's directories. Unfortunately, the folder, I'm assuming, has thousands of folders, with some folders inside of them! Additionally, each folder has a generic name: dir_000*.chk [0 to 699 (although there were letters before it reached 699)] and each files has a generic name: file000000*.chk [0 to 87CE]

    It appears that when I did chkdsk /f . . . it made these files and changed their names and moved them around. I was wondering if windows had a command line to at least change the file extensions back to what they used to be. I understand that there are programs that do that. Also, are there any that can run in linux? Since I can only boot in linux for the moment.

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  8. axe0's Avatar
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       25 Sep 2016 #18

    File associations can be easily reset without any program, but I cannot find any commands for it.

    I'm unfamiliar with Linux and also with any program that can be used in Linux.
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  9. jpolacko's Avatar
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       25 Sep 2016 #19

    In Ubuntu you can find the files or pictures and save them to a usb drive if that's what you wanna do. Whatever you do DO NOT format a usb drive in Linux as Windows won't recognize it. As for opening .exe files in Linux you can download wine using the the terminal. As for Windows it seems to me that the only thing you possibly do now is clean install Windows as far as I can read the Windows partition is corrupted and you have to be very very careful when you install a Linux OS alongside Windows as you can mess up the windows partition and linux can install over Windows.
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  10.    26 Sep 2016 #20

    How can I reset file associations? Are there any programs that reset them? I figure I should reset these file associations, keep the ones I like, then clean install Windows.
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