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Windows 7 Pro won't work after CCleaner Delete Free Space

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Ran CCleaner to delete free space on a Win7Pro 32bit machine. Left running overnight to complete. In the morning messages saying it had completed. Pressed to button acknowledge and re-boot. Computer took a long time to close then went into Windows Start-up Repair. It's now been working there for 5.5 hours and still going. (250Gb drive). This is not what I expected! The computer and it's contents are required for a business sale on Wednesday!!!

Can anything  be done?

Will Windows recover the disk? Alternately can the data be recovered.

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providing the drive hasn't failed, data recovery can be as simple as removing that drive and either placing it into another PC or into an external drive enclosure.

after 5 hours and still going.... I'd be rebooting and seeing how that goes.
if still no luck, try starting into Safe Mode and using Restore Points.
next options would be a manually initiated repair or worst case, a fresh install of Win7.

but get the data recovered first.  and for future reference, if the data is important, why isn't it being backed up???

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