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Lost All HD Data Due To HD Filling Up


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#1 Robert11

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 12:48 PM

Hi,

Oh, the joys of sharing a PC.

Have two internal HD's in PC: C and F. Using XP.

The other party uses Drive F, and has inadvertently run it down so that it is now totally full.
No error message appeared, apparently, saying that drive was running low.

Anyway, it seems all the files are lost on the F drive.

Get an error message something to the effect of:

"The disk in Drive F is not Formatted. Do you want to Format it now ?"

Also another error message -

"Windows delayed write failed. Windows was unable to save all the data for the file" F:\\system volume Information\-restore {202550A8-7A33- 4BCA-9586-051D24DDBF8F3}
The data has been lost"

None of the files in F show up anymore in Windows Explorer.
Going to My Computer\F shows the pie chart totally full, and there is a line
that says there is no free space left, and all is used.
Also something to the effect that the data in F is "lost".

I did try a System Restore to a date of a few days ago, but this
accomplished nothing.

a. Is there any way to get back the old files ?

b. Why does it think it needs to re-formatted ?

c. If it shows that the drive is totally full, doesn't that imply that
the info. is still there ?
Might there be some "recovery" type of program available ?

Obviously, any thoughts or suggestions would be most appreciated.

Much thanks, appreciate it very much,
Bob

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 01:04 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

Are you sure that nothing else has impacted this drive? I've seen totally full drives before but the files have always been visible.

And...in every case, I've seen a warning when the drive goes beyond a certain threshold when the user is trying to input more files.

Maybe your F: drive is just going bad and you are seeing the effects of such.

<<Also something to the effect that the data in F is "lost".>>

Can you be more exact?

As for recovery software...all sorts available, many of us have used such at one time. Are you talking free or paid?

Louis

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 02:47 PM

Hi Louis,

Thanks for help; appreciate it.

Here's a bit more on:

Get an error message something to the effect of:

"The disk in Drive F is not Formatted. Do you want to Format it now ?"

Also another error message -

"Windows delayed write failed. Windows was unable to save all the data for the file" F:\\system volume Information\-restore {202550A8-7A33-4BCA-9586-051D24DDBF8F3}
The data has been lost"

Would prefer to try some free "Recovery" software first.
Suggestions for ?

Much thnks,
Bob

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 05:24 PM

Thanks, Bob :thumbsup:.

Unfortunately, I myself only have experience with a paid version of a recovery program...so I cannot give any firsthhand experience relative to any of the free versions. But others here have more varied experience than I do and should be able to steer you to something reliable.

Those two error messages you quoted...they are pretty standard fare in certain situations.

The first appears when XP seems to have a problem reading a drive (which is typically failing or has some other problem).

The second appears for any number of reasons, none of which I feel is calamitous, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330174.

Hang on for inputs from others.

Louis

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 07:53 AM

Hi Louis,

Gosh, you are a genius !

I looked at the MS KB article on Delayed Write Failed Error Msg, that you mentioned, and did what they suggested.

At first, it didn't seem to help any.

But after my son re-started the PC, it must have then been applied, and all works now.

Can't say how much I appreciate your taking all the time and trouble to help us out.

Best regards, and thanks again,
Bob

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 10:04 AM

I get lucky sometimes, glad you solved your situation, happy computing :thumbsup:.

Louis




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