Posted 24 August 2008 - 09:42 PM
I have searched forum but not found anythig like my scenario.
I am running Windows XP Home SP3. My 40GB Samsung SP4002H boot drive encountered NTLDR missing. I did some research from another computer and decided that since there were some files on the 40GB drive that I wanted to recover, I should remove the drive. I have been careful not to do anything that would write to the drive.
I tried booting from a Knoppix DVD, hoping that a UNIX O/S would be able to recognize files on the drive for me to retrieve and store elsewhere. No success here the drive was not mountable.
I have since removed the 40GB Samsung SP4002H and placed it in an external IDE USB connected drive enclosure. I have installed a new 500GB HD and re-installed Windows XP Home SP3 and have a functional system.
I am looking for ideas on how recover files from the drive. With the HD enclosure connected by USB, no drive letter gets assigned but Device Manager identifies it correctly under Disk Drives.
I will buy a product to recover the files if the product can prove that it will do the job before I purchase it. I have done a search for various products most of them are unable to detect the drive.
Products I have tried include:
Recover My Files appears to show the physical drive with a size of 0MB.
Stellar Phoenix NTFS Recovery 3.0 shows a Physical drive with a name = [,] and a search of the drive quickly completes without finding any files.
Any other suggestions how to recover files (PST, DOC, XLS, JPG, primarily)?