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Recovering Data from a deleted partition


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#1 cap2587

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 09:57 AM

I was reformatting a friends Laptop with a new O/S. I backed up 680MB of pictures, documents onto my external Hard drive. I checked twice that the data was on there before reformatting. After I reformatted for some reason it won't let me access this file on my external H.D. It says no access to the F drive and says the file is empty. I am able to get into other files on the external just not this particular file. I tried using a program called Power Data recovery to find the files off the deleted C drive partition. It found some if not all of the files. However, when I go to access them it say's you can't get into the files or a word doc comes up in all these weird letters. I know my chances are slim to none here, but I guess you never know. What is my best option? Should I try and repair the files that were extracted from the Deleted partition. Repair the file on the External HD. I would really appreciate any suggestions or programs to help. Thanks.

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 10:01 AM

Are we talking about Documents & Settings folders from another system?

If so and you receive an "access denied" message...this is normal behavior and can be overcome by taking ownership of the files/folders on the new location.

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

If you talking about something else...it sounds like time for recovery software of your choice.

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 11:00 PM

I figured it out. I could actually view all of the files using Acronis True Image and then transfer them. Just couldn't view them from my external. I want to reformat my External Hard drive. What program would be good for this. Thanks

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 10:30 AM

You can just use Disk Management to format any drive which is properly connected and which appears in Disk Management.

The partition/drive does not necessarily have to be reflected in My Computer, since My Computer only reflects partitions/drives which are formatted with a file system...signaling that the partition/drive is ready for use by Windows.

I guess that I'm somewhat concerned by "Just couldn't view them from my external".

That could indicate a problem with that drive itself, in which case I would run a manufacturer's diagnostic on it before taking a chance on future use.

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/

Some disk problems can be overcome by formatting, some cannot.

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