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Old 04-27-02, 08:54 AM
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Recover hard drive data?

Long story, my second hard drive now has two partitions that show that no data is recognized. I got a program that gave me a free scan to see if there was data, and all my data is still there. Is there another way other than $200 for the program to get the data back? A program that will undo the partition (made on WinXP but the drive was/is being used on WinME (again, don't ask ), to merge the partitions, to recognize the data, and to recover the data? Any DOS workaround? DOS says it can't read any data.

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I had something like this happen to me recently too. A partition apparently just vanished. I still don't know why. Someone suggested Drive Rescue and I tried it out. It recovered all the data on the lost drive. Plus, it's FREEWARE!! Good luck...
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If the partition was created by XP then it could be formatted NTFS. If it is, then WinME will not be able to access the data. You'll need to install WinNT/Win2K/WinXP or put the drive in a system that supports NTFS partitions.

Otherwise, use some sort of program like partition magic to convert from NTFS to FAT32.
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Get the Winternals NTFSDOS utility. You can run this in Win9x and see the NTFS partitions.
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By the way, WinXP can't see it either

I bought an external case and WinXP couldn't see it so I started (stupidly) playing around with it. Now no computer can see it. I'm off to try that program. I now have a THIRD (120 gig ) HD so I don't need that one to put on the external case. Let me try it and I'll let you know


Edit: Drive Rescue couldn't see the files Help?

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Old 04-28-02, 10:41 AM
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did you look in computer management under xp?
in the disk management area
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Originally posted by twikoff
did you look in computer management under xp?
in the disk management area
Yes, that's actually where I messed it up

I played around in Partition Magic to no avail - it cna't see the data.

So far the only programs that can see the data are those that cost $200 to recover it

Any way to bypass any logical structure and do a raw data copy? Would I even want to do that?

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