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Reformatted and data on 2nd hardrive not accessible


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#1 TuF_RyDa

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 12:16 PM

Hello,

I have 2 hardrives. One is the C: drive that my computer came with. The other is a 320GB hardrive that I bought later. I had a virus on my computer. I moved my important files onto the second harddrive. Then I reformatted only the C: drive. The other drive was left alone. When this was completed and I went to My Computer, I could only see the C: drive and the second drive was now only 3.17GB and was called "HP_RECOVERY" even though my computer is COMPAQ. It contains 3GB of recovery files. I have no idea where these files came from, and I have no idea where my important files went. Under Device Manager it does recognize both disk drives. As a check I put in the Windows CD just to see if it showed the other hardrive and it did, but it only had 3GB in Partion1, and 317GB in Unpartitioned Data.

Does anyone know what happened, and how I can get my important data back?

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 12:59 PM

Is the CD you have...a Microsoft CD? Or is it a Compaq/HP CD?

Compaq was bought by HP some time ago...so seeing either name on your system is OK.

To me, it appears that you (however you did it)...formatted the 320GB drive, with the software backing up some files (3GB) and treating the rest as unallocated space on the hard drive.

As for getting data back...I suppose that you can always try recovery software and hope for the best.

Louis

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 02:32 PM

I dont understand. You formatted C: drive. But in most cases the Windows is installed on C:. Even if you installed Windows on D:, the boot information files are stored on C:.

You say you formatted C: and then went to MyComputer?

Please tell us which utility or software did you use for formatting the hard disk drive?

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 05:08 PM

I have followed hamluis' advice and got a recovery software called VirtualLab. I scanned the second hardrive and it found all the files that were previously on it. However, when I try to Save them it prompts me to purchase Quota. And since I have ~250GB to get back it will cost ~$200. Does anyone know of a free recovery software that lets you save the files for free as well?

To answer Romeo29's question, at first we put in the Compaq restore CD's that came with my computer. But my friend didn't like the "easy" way it was doing it (it only offered a QUICK Format), so we then used his Windows CD and did a full format, but then it asked for Activation. So then we went back to the Compaq CD's and did the Quick Format.

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 05:30 PM

I have paid utilities that I have used successfully...but, if you want to try something free and probably reliable, I suggest visiting http://www.ntfs.com/ and looking at the offerings for recovery software.

Some are free, some are trials.

Louis




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