Visiting a couple of friends with a 128gb flash drive in my pocket works wonders...
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"So essentially, I lost all of my music for nothing. The library is rebuilding slowly and all is well. I hope my stupidity may help another.
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What makes you so sure that you lost all your music? You may have, depending on what you did to the HD. But there's a good chance you can still recover at least some of your music by using more powerful tools.
Hello all, I didn't retrieve my partition, so I lost all of my music. I wanted to give the update to benefit others that could go through this. I originally did the restore because I could not get my aftermarket USB 2.0 drivers to load. I thought I had tried everything.... Now, I feel as dumb as a box of rocks. I haven't loaded a DAC on a different machine in a couple of years and just forgot 1 issue.
I did not disable driver signing. I've had to do this on win 8 machines previously. Its been so long that it didn't come to mind. I went into advanced settings, disabled driver signing, reloaded the driver, loaded right up... So essentially, I lost all of my music for nothing. The library is rebuilding slowly and all is well. I hope my stupidity may help another.
Good comment by ZD.
Regarding the deleted 8.1 partition, if in fact that existed as a partition that was separate from the W10 partition, as opposed to having been in a partition that was overwritten by the W10 installation, you might be able to recover it by using the partition recovery function that is provided in the free version of the MiniTool Partition Wizard. I haven't had occasion to use the partition recovery function of that program, but I've used some of its other partition management functions, and it is a remarkably good program, especially considering that it's free.
I'd assume that it can be installed into W10, given its advertised compatibility with every previous version of Windows back to W2000.
Also, FWIW, I'm a big believer in disk imaging. If you had an image of each of the partitions on the drive, or of the entire drive, stored on a separate drive, getting back to where you were would be very easy. I use Terabyte Unlimited's Image For Windows. I create images of the "c" drive on each of my computers about once a month, and store the two most recent image files on a separate drive. If a drive were to fail, become corrupted, or have some hard to fix software issue develop, rather than having to reinstall and set up Windows, programs, drivers, updates, etc. from scratch I could very quickly just restore the most recent image, and replace the restored data files with backups which I do daily.
Good luck. Best regards,
"One issue is that the drivers are delivered as a .rar file."
That works like a zip file and has to be extracted before use. You may not notice it because because some apps/file managers will auto mount the file. Also, if there's more than 1 rar, you only have to extract 1 of them. Once the extraction starts, it will automatically do them all.