bit of a hard drive - please help!

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Jeffery, Aug 7, 2003.

  1. Jeffery

    Jeffery Guest

    I'm in a bit of a pickle if anyone can help me out?

    I replaced my rather burnt motherboard last week and windows didn't
    particulary like it. So I took some advice and wiped my master hard drive as
    windows wouldnt let me even run the operating system cd. I fdisked it,
    formatted it and reinstalled windows and hallejuah it works just fine.......

    but! the second slave hard drive no tells me in windows that it is
    unformatted! now i saved all by work/mp3s/files etc important things on this
    drive! i dont understand why it now believes it is unformatted as I did not
    even touch it with a toothpick, going back into fdisk the drive status tells
    me that the second drive is now in two partitions (just how!?) the first is
    non-dos and the second is labelled D: and is primary does but it's system is
    unknown. But when i ran D:/>dir it listed all the files/folders that were
    there before?!

    Does anyone know any way to recover my data?
    The only two routes if thus found have been to run unformat in dos on d: but
    this just comes up with "bad command or file name" or to send of the hard
    drive to a company who can recover the data(but at a cost!)


    (From now I will always backup on cd)
    Jeffery, Aug 7, 2003
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    Rob Morley Guest

    If you're lucky it's just the partition table that's scrambled, and the
    filesystem and data are still intact. If you know EXACTLY what the
    partitions were before then you could recreate them (but don't format),
    and with luck everything will fall back into place.
    Rob Morley, Aug 7, 2003
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    Ginchy Guest

    I`m no expert but "I think" your system is thinking that your second drive
    is your old "c" drive

    Perhaps you could try going into the bios and getting it to redetect your
    second drive.

    There is a program on IBM`s site called DISK MANAGER which might be able to
    copy all your files over from d to c...........although windows says its
    unformatted you have confirmed the files are there so the ibm prog just
    might work and until some of the real experts give you a hand these are
    things you could try.

    Real ametuerish help I`m giving you but theres no other reply
    Ginchy, Aug 7, 2003
  4. Jeffery

    Jeffery Guest

    as far as im aware rob i had a single partition on each 40gb drive, c: and
    d:, and c: is fine. when you you say i can recreate them do you mean i just
    need to fdisk the d: drive and create one whole partition and the data
    should be there without formatting? im bit scared to do it but i know
    exactly that it was a single partition.

    im also looking for this disk manager as we speak.

    thanks for the help!
    Jeffery, Aug 7, 2003
  5. Jeffery

    CHRIS 159 Guest this recovery software works great. ive used it
    myself several times

    if you decide to go this way e-mail me and i'll send you smth
    CHRIS 159, Aug 7, 2003
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    Rob Morley Guest

    If it was previously a single partition using all available space then
    yes, you should be able to use fdisk to remove the existing partitions,
    create a new one, and everything should still be there if the filesystem
    wasn't damaged. If the filesystem was damaged then you may have more
    problems - I'd suggest that you make a sector-by-sector backup of the
    disk before you try fixing filesystem problems, as you could end up
    making data even more inaccessible or destroying it. There shouldn't be
    that danger with fdisk as it can only manipulate the partition table and
    master boot record.
    Rob Morley, Aug 7, 2003
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    Jeffery Guest

    thanx rob, how should i make a backup of the data?
    Jeffery, Aug 7, 2003
  8. Jeffery

    Jeffery Guest

    thanks everyone the problem is now sorted!
    Jeffery, Aug 8, 2003
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