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C: drive not initialised

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#1 Gorf1


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Posted 07 June 2011 - 04:00 PM

I've got all my business stuff backed up from one of my PCs (which has a problem), so this is not a huge issue. My 11-year-old son is in the middle of a whole load of artwork which he'd need to redo, but ultimately it's not a showstopper, so there are probably more desperate people on BleepingComputer who could do with your help.

If you're still reading, thanks, and here goes: XP PRO 32 bit, two SATA drives, one 250GB and one 200GB, both NTFS formatted. The 200GB drive is partitioned C: D: & E:.
D: & E: are still accessible and have data on them. The C: partition is showing as uninitialised in Disk Manager. I've used Hiren's boot CD and run the recovery program on there, and it shows that the file data is still present. I'd like to recover the partition or copy the files off it en masse instead of individually, if that's possible. I'm mindful of the "first, do no harm" ethos but I wish I'd been mindful of it sooner.

The original problem started when I was trying to use a CD image with Daemon Tools. I tried enabling the DT advanced settings, and it asked for a reboot. From then it wouldn't boot, but the data was all there and accessible. I tried recovering the MBR, thinking that had been corrupted, and managed to make things worse (as above).

Thanks for any pointers to good recovery software - especially if it's on Hiren. There seem to be a lot of alternates on there that all do the same job...

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#2 Allan


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Posted 07 June 2011 - 04:06 PM

You can try recuva (http://www.piriform.com/recuva)

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 05:00 PM

A few others which members have reported as working for their situations:

Partition Find and Mount free partition recovery software - http://findandmount.com/

Recovery Software, Partition Table Doctor - http://www.ptdd.com/

Recovery Software, Recover My Files - http://www.recovermyfiles.com/

Easeus Data Recovery Wizard


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