If you have ever experienced a failure of your hard drive, you know how frustrating it can be. The fear that so many files and programs are gone forever can cause panic.
Before you panic, however, there is a good chance that you can restore your hard drive. Windows have System Restore option which allows you to go back to a point when the computer was working properly. System Restore creates a number of points which you have freedom to choose.
If you can’t start your computer in a normal mode, try starting it in Safe mode. Safe mode loads only the most important files and drivers (pressing F8 during the start-up will take you to the safe mode option). Run rstrui.exe file. After your computer starts you can choose a different restore point.
If your computer does start in normal mode, you can run a System Restore program from Control Panel ®System®System Protection®System Restore. Remember that you can fix critical program files and registry but not personal files. Although System Restore doesn’t affect your personal files, you can’t restore files you deleted. It’s important to regularly back up your files to keep this from happening.
In more severe cases, when Windows doesn’t start at all, you may have to run System Recovery program. System Recovery doesn’t recover personal files and information but it will return your computer to a stable condition unless your hard drive itself failed or got destroyed by certain viruses. You can run System Recovery from the Safe mode or you can run from the Windows installation disk.
If none of these tools worked, you may have to reinstall Windows and restore all your information manually from backup versions.