I had a catastrophe with Windows 7 today and would appreciate some help picking up the pieces. Windows was running on a 55GB SSD which was nearly full so I deleted the usn.jrnl file which had grown to 10 GB and which people say is safe to delete.
On rebooting, windows froze with the window logo pulsing. I waited 90 minutes and it didn't change. Next time I tried to boot windows said it failed to start, and ran startup repair. Startup repair failed. I tried to run system restore. It failed and said I needed to run chkdsk. I did this from the command prompt and tried to run restore again. It failed because it said there was not enough space on the drive. (note the irony) The space from deleting the journal file didn't seem to have come free.
I tried to free up space but couldn't get enough for restore to work.
I then reinstalled windows on another drive. It is going to be a lot of trouble to get back to where I was. My questions:
How much can I salvage from my old installation and how can I do it?
Is there any way I can get my old restore point back, perhaps by deleting files? The trouble is there is virtually nothing on the drive except the old windows installation. Whatever files are clogging it are hidden.