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#1 wizardofaus

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 04:03 AM

I defragged my F drive last night. There was 18% free space, and when I got up this morning it told me that the defrag had worked well etc etc etc.

I then rebooted the PC (I had a good reason, but can't think what it was) at which stage I got a message saying the f drive wasn't formatted, and asking me to reformat. I haven't done so, but I turned the machine off, gave it 10 minutes and turn the machine on again.

I still have a non-formatted F drive. Any ideas how to recover files from the drive if it isn't formatted? Most of the files on there are backed up, but I have some stuff on there it is inconventient to go to the backups.

Thanks for suggestions

Meant to say, XP -pro, with all the updates etc, running in classic mode.

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 09:57 AM

What shows in Disk Management for this hdd?

Is this a laptop or desktop?

Is this PATA (IDE) or a SATA hdd?

Is this installed internally or externally?

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#3 wizardofaus

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 02:10 PM

Sorry for not responding earlier - my modem died 15 minutes later :((

Drive is a "160"GB maxtor ATA/133 internal drive - it was the second drive in my desktop

disk shows as 100% available on properties, no size etc etc on "my computer"

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 03:01 PM

A drive/partition which is not formatted does not reflect in My Computer/Explorer.

It will show up in Device Manager, the BIOS, and Disk Management.

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 06:51 PM

A drive/partition which is not formatted does not reflect in My Computer/Explorer.


This is the strange thing - It does show in My Computer - just the drive name with no additional information. When I click on the drive name it then says it isn't formatted and ask if I want to format it.

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 08:17 PM

Hmmm...then I'd have to say that it's a partition that probably needs recovery software...or the drive is going bad.

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