Data Recovery after Windows Upgrade

Many users upgrade their current operating system to the latest one in order to make use of useful advanced features like increased security, friendly user interface, stability, increased performance etc. But many times, upgrading Windows to an improved version is a pain in the neck. There are many things that can go wrong and create difficulties which will lead to inaccessibility or loss of data stored on hard drive.

Let us take scenario where you recently bought the latest Windows 8 operating system and since it had many advanced features compared to your current Windows 7. You immediately started upgrading your operating system. However, during the upgrade process you faced install error due to which the installation failed. And now you are neither with your old Windows 7 OS nor with your new Windows 8 OS. You are frustrated and worried about the ample amount of precious files and folders saved in your PC.

This kind of up gradation failure leads to data loss from your Windows computer, but you can still retrieve some of those lost files back by successfully reinstalling your OS and checking whether you find Windows.old folder in C:\ drive. The Windows.old folder contains some of the old files and folders accessed from previous Windows OS such as

  • Windows
  • Documents and Settings
  • Program Files

Note: Windows.old is a hidden folder, in order to access this folder you need to change the settings in Windows Explorer, the procedure is as follows.

Click on “Start”--->Type “Hidden” (without the quotes) --->Click the “Show hidden files and folders”--->Click on “View” tab and then in “Advanced Settings” box locate “Hidden files and folders”---> Now click on “Show hidden files and folders”--->Click “Apply” button followed by “OK”

This Windows.old folder helps you retrieve few of your files from old Windows 7 O. However to recover complete data, it is suggested to take help of third party recovery software such as Yodot Hard Drive Recovery

Yodot Hard Drive Recovery is a very well known and a popular data recovery application to retrieve data in this kind of situation. The tool uses advanced built in techniques to search and extract lost files from hard drive after failed Windows OS up-gradation process. Yodot Hard Drive tool also supports recovery of files from formatted, corrupted and inaccessible partitions on Windows hard disk. Excluding hard disk, retrieving deleted and lost data from several types of storage drives like external hard drives, memory card, USB drives, iPods, digital media devices, laptop and many others.

Step-By-step method for Successful Recovery:

  • Disconnect your Windows hard drive and connect to a healthy computer
  • Download Yodot Hard Drive Recovery and install the application to the connected computer
  • Open the software and follow the procedures displayed on the screen
  • Choose “Partition Recovery” option to retrieve your data after OS up gradation
  • The application scans the system and displays all the logical, physical and external drives
  • Choose the slave drive which represents your hard drive and click on “Next”
  • The software repeats the scanning process and shows all partitions for your selected physical hard disk
  • Choose the partition from where data is to be recovered
  • The next screen displays all the lost and deleted files from the selected partition
  • Choose the files and folders which are to be recovered
  •  Finally, browse for the destination location to save your recovered files (But source disk should not be same as the destination disk)

Things to Remember:

  • Copy and backup all your important data before upgrading your OS
  • Don’t save any new data to your hard disk after data loss situation
  • Check for the hardware requirements before upgrading operating system
  • Upgrades are not usually a good option, so think twice before upgrading OS

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