second HDD erased

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
April 4, 2010 at 06:35:13
Specs: Windows XP
i recently reinstalled windows xp pro.. i have two HDD's and i unplugged my backup drive that had all my music, pic, vid files on it prior to the reinstallation.. i reinstalled windows, booted down, then hooked the second HDD back up and now all my files are gone.. windows is now on F drive for some reason and the my backup HDD was assigned a different drive letter.. i have changed the drive back to what it was orignally but there is still nothing.. i have tried to use a resort program to retrieve the deleted data but it doesnt see my old files.. help, this is 8 years worth of pics and music downloads..

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#1
April 4, 2010 at 07:46:09
It may appear redundant, but try removing the drive again, restarting without it, shutting down again, reinstalling and restarting. This time however, do a quick check in the BIOS to make sure all is recognized correctly and boot back to windows. The drive letter will not matter, but the data should still be there (unless you took out the drive and rested it on a large speaker magnet) so it is worth trying to see if you can get it properly recognized. ((do not save anything to the drive unless all possibilities are exhausted))
Second, Check with the hard disk drive manufacturer's website under support to see if they can help you with recovery if above did not help.

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#2
April 4, 2010 at 07:47:44
Are you sure you unplugged the correct drive??? Windows defaults to install onto 'C' drive!!!!

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#3
April 4, 2010 at 07:59:08
oh yes i unlugged the correct drive.. i was very careful about it cause of all the data i had on it..

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#4
April 4, 2010 at 08:00:00
When you re-installed, did you perhaps select the Fat32 file system? That could explain why the "new" XP can't "see" the backup files on a backup HDD that is NTFS.

Just a long-shot (or a hunch). Good luck.


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#5
April 4, 2010 at 08:09:34
good question.. i will check that..

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#6
April 4, 2010 at 19:50:17
"When you re-installed, did you perhaps select the Fat32 file system? That could explain why the "new" XP can't "see" the backup files on a backup HDD that is NTFS.

It doesn't matter whether Windows is installed on a FAT32 partition and other drive partitions are NTFS - XP can see the NTFS partitions fine.
When hard drives were smaller , I used to make a FAT32 partition on the drive for Windows that was a tiny bit under 32gb (so that the allocation unit size - minimum data space used by a file - was 16kb rather than 32kb), and make other partitions either FAT32 or NTFS and I had no problems accessing any NTFS partition.

"windows is now on F drive for some reason"

2000 and XP assign the drive letter to the partition Windows itself is installed on in alphabetical order starting at C according to whether Setup detects other partitions that have been already assigned drive letters when Setup is run. E.g. If Setup doesn't detect other such partitions, it uses C for the partition Windows is installed on. If the drive you didn't unplug had already had C, D, and E assigned to other partitions, and you didn't delete the partition that was assigned C and install Windows on that one, Setup uses F for the partition Windows is installed on.

If the other partitions are on the same hard drive, you can get around that by using something such as Partition Magic to hide all the partitions you don't want Setup to detect, then unhiding them after Setup has completed.

Vista's, and probably Windows 7's, Setup , on the other hand, always uses C for the first installation of Windows for the partition Windows is installed on no matter what other existing partitions it detects during Setup. Vista's Setup detects partitions hidden by Partition Magic.
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Is the other hard drive you unplugged an external drive?
If it is, that's a different subject, and your data may still be there.
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When you unplugged the other hard drive, assuming it was internally connected, did you have the power cord disconnected to the computer, or the AC to the computer otherwise switched off ?
OR - did you have the the power cord disconnected to the computer, or the AC to the computer otherwise switched off , when you plugged the drive in agian ?
IF you didn't, that may be why you data seems to be gone. ATX power supplies are always powering some wires as long as the power supply is receiving live AC.

Test that hard drive with drive manufacturer's diagnostics.

See the latter part of response 1 in this:
http://www.computing.net/windows95/...

(thanks to Dan Penny for this link:)
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities
http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm...

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.



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