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XP File Recovery.

Bringe

FPCH Member
Joined
Aug 14, 2014
Location
Essex
PC Experience
Beginner
Hi Everyone.
I have an old xp pc which I got going the other day, just to see if it would work really.
I know that I had some music and videos on there when it went into retirement, but
now there is nothing showing up.
I did have to change the battery and insert the correct date and time but still nothing there.
is it possible to take it back in time to a very earlier date or does anyone know of a good free
file recovery software for XP??

Many thanks in advance.

Bringe.
 

KenB

Administrator
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Location
Wirral UK
PC Experience
Very Experienced
Hi Bringe,

If you can boot up the XP machine - take a look in the Recycle Bin 1652198932266.png which should be on the Desktop,
your deleted files may be there.
 

Bringe

FPCH Member
Joined
Aug 14, 2014
Location
Essex
PC Experience
Beginner
Hi KenB.
Hope you are well.
I looked at the Recycle Bin, It is totally empty.
Can files just dissapear if the pc is not used for a few years, and the battery was dead??

Bringe.
 

KenB

Administrator
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Location
Wirral UK
PC Experience
Very Experienced
Can files just dissapear if the pc is not used for a few years, and the battery was dead??
Short answer - no.
The CMOS battery maintains the system time and settings.
It is not linked to the hard drive at all.

Do you have any saved files on that machine at all ?
Take a look here:
C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents

Did it have a virus before you stopped using it ?
 

HoraceC

New member
Joined
May 9, 2022
Location
UK
PC Experience
Elite PC Guru
Have you tried a Windows search for music files (e.g. *.MP3)?

It may be that the music you are looking for is in a hidden/misplaced folder. This happens fairly frequently with the Windows library feature (not in XP).
 
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