data drives disappeared

July 21, 2010 at 23:28:53
Specs: Windows XP, p4/1GB
Hi, when I tried to create a logical drive using disk manager an error message showed up and my data drives have disappeared. The error message suggested to restart the system. when i opened the disk manager after restart the data drives are gone. and the free space quantity in the disk manager has increased. i don't know what happened and nothing happened to the boot drive. It's gr8 if anyone can help in recovering them....

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July 22, 2010 at 11:55:33
"create a logical drive using disk manager"

This will wipe out the information on your harddrive. You really should not mess with Disk Manager unless you know what you are doing but you could try some of the drive utilities out there to recover your data.

If this does not work I hope you have a backup or you may have to take the drive to a data recovery place.

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July 22, 2010 at 22:32:03
DO NOT use uneraser.

If you attempted to create an additional logical drive you pooched the extended partition. WinXP does NOT have that capability built in.

I suggest you use testdisk to rebuild the partitions. You should first back up any personal data on the C partition, which you should be doing anyway.

Read ALL the tutorials for testdisk PRIOR to using.

Get testdisk from the link below.

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July 23, 2010 at 01:11:57
There are also other utils that may help recover your data...

and again (same util - with reviews)

I have tested the last one with success; have heard good reports of the second one...

Many of these utils allow a free trial/download etc. - so no harm to try...

And OtH doens't point anyone to anything that isn't OK or has questionable assets... so obviousl the one he suggests is equally worth to check out?

But first... avoid writing anything to the drive/partitions in question...

And again... back up data in future ( copy it to external media opticals and/or another HD). And keep those copies current too?

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July 23, 2010 at 13:33:17
"DO NOT use uneraser."

Thanks for the warning. I always hook the drive into another system and use Unerase to move the data over to the good system drive but I forgot the OP might not be able to do this and might use his existing drive. Thanks for the warning and sorry I did not give you that warning.

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