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    Hard Drive help needed

    Had to re-install Vista but my 2nd drive is not showing up at all! I went into Manage but the 2nd hard drive is showing as "Unallocated". I have important data on it. what can i do? Help!! Ta (It was used in Vista as a 2nd hard drive).

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    to me this would suggest a corrupt filesystem - time to dig out the recovery CD!

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    Put the HDD in another PC and try and get the data off it from there? By the way, were you playing Battlefield 2 last night? I'm sure I killed you lots in the J10!

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    Never been on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by timtim86 View Post
    Put the HDD in another PC and try and get the data off it from there? By the way, were you playing Battlefield 2 last night? I'm sure I killed you lots in the J10!
    If as I suspect the FS is b0rked this method won't work, but just about any bootable recovery CD or Linux distro should allow the data to be recovered.

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    Where do i get a bootable cd that can get the info off for me?

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    I think i sorta had the same problem.

    When i got my new motherboard and went to install XP on my Sata drive all my partions were gone and the entire drive was only showing one partion which was C: Unknown Partition... Anyway i used a few tools think it was something like Helans DOS Tools or something that i managed to fiddle with the partitions and made the one i wanted to install xp on as an Primary partition not logical partition. Dunno if this is the same case for you tho but you might wanna give it a shot.

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    Do you have a copy of Partition Magic, I had a similar problem to this a few years ago and it turned out that my orginal partitions were wrapped inside a new partition entry on the disk hence by the OS see the disc as being new and unallocated. Used PM to remove the outer partition and the 2 partitions magically appeared.

    I'll be honest this was a few years ago and I can't quite remember the exact details but I did eventually get the partitions back in all their glory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koolpc View Post
    Where do i get a bootable cd that can get the info off for me?
    You could try http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

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    Thanks guys

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    Partition-Magic is appropriate if the partition is damaged. so try it.
    However dont format the hdd if you are prompted to do so. Keep us posted.
    "I have put my genius into my life, whereas all I have put into my work is my talent-Oscar Wild - UniRecovery Data Recovery Specialists."

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    Had to format the drive!! Never mind. Cheers

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    Is the data valuable?
    "I have put my genius into my life, whereas all I have put into my work is my talent-Oscar Wild - UniRecovery Data Recovery Specialists."

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    No it wasn't

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    Never mind, it is a lesson at a cost.
    One more thing, NEVER format a drive on low "level format" unless you want to leave no trace of your data.
    If you want to format the HDD do it as a quick format for two reasons:

    1- low level format has tendecy to exhaust the head, so it is bad for the hardware.
    2- Quick format allowes you to do a format quicker, and if you require the data back, the data should be recoverable.
    "I have put my genius into my life, whereas all I have put into my work is my talent-Oscar Wild - UniRecovery Data Recovery Specialists."

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