The recovery software works at a lower level than Windows (in most cases).
It may or may not be able to detect anything.
But if it can't detect anything, then you know that data recovery on that drive will be very expensive.
FYI - not detecting the drive is different than not seeing anything on the drive.
As a quick example, if the files were deleted, the system would show the disk as empty.
But deleting a file doesn't really remove it entirely - most often it just deletes the first 2 characters of the file name.
That's one of the things that recovery software checks for.
Also, it's possible for the partition (the D: drive) to disappear.
The recovery software checks for this also.
The fix for it is a bit more difficult. The one time I tried this (back in the XP days), I wasn't able to recovery the partition.
Again, the recovery software will tell you if it can recover it or not - then it's your choice about what to do.
Edited by usasma, 08 July 2015 - 06:58 AM.
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