I recently lost some files that I would like to have back. I'm now using WindowsXP after a painstaking 9years of Windows95/8, and I used the system restore to put my system back to a point where the files should have been still in tact.
Unfortunately that didn't work. So I downloaded PC Inspector File Recovery, but that didn't help at all. I believe it might have something to do with it only working on drives in the Fat formats, and I'm using NTFS.
If anyone can sugguest a good file recovery utility that might be able to help me out that would be wonderful!
System Restore will not & cannot recover files you've created. I would strongly recommend to backup your data (& other created) files(preferably to another hard disk &/or a form of reliable removable media).
"Unlike System Restore which monitors only a core set of specified system and application file types (e.g. .exe, .dll etc), the Backup Utility usually backs up all files including users personal data files, ensuring a safe copy stored either on the local disk or to another medium. System Restore does not monitor changes to or recover users' personal data files such as documents, drawings, e-mail, and so forth. While system data contained in System Restore's restore points are available to restore to for only a limited period of time (by default restore points older than 90 days are deleted), backups taken by the Backup Utility can be recovered anytime." - source from the link below.
Make a note of this useful link about System Restore's FAQs, How-to & T'shooting for future reference: click here.