Solved All drives axcept c are missing

March 31, 2012 at 05:01:47
Specs: Windows XP
After starting my computer, it said "DATA READ ERROR OCCURED", I formatted the C drive and setup the new XP os. Now i can only see C drive. When saw in disk mgmt, it is showing only c drive and remaining all memory as free data and C drive is heathy, Please help me. I have important data in all drives. !!

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April 1, 2012 at 07:55:26
Glad to hear you have had some success. You can try recuva on your C partition. You may see MANY files. If you have some idea of which files you are missing you may be able to sift through the list. Perhaps by filtering by date.

You can't do any harm by using recuva. Just don't attempt to replace files with any recovered files. Best to recover them to a fixed place and then open to view.

I would hope you have learned the value of maintaining copies of your important files.



#1
March 31, 2012 at 05:49:09
How many physical hard drives? Are these other drives on the same physical drive as C or on different one(s) (or a combination)? If more than one physical hard drive, are they showing up in your BIOS? Are these IDE or SATA or a combination? Since SATA drives need you to install SATA driver in order to be recognized. What are the capacities of these drives (both actual physical drives and their partitions)?
Answer these and include additional specs so we can help you. It does not pay to discus recovery of the data until we can establish how the drives are set up and then check the condition of the drives themselves.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
March 31, 2012 at 06:28:11
Depending on how you formatted the drive you might have destroyed your additional drives.

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#3
March 31, 2012 at 06:38:45
You understand that formatting effectively erases all data from the drive, right? In fact, you should have seen a warning message that stated something like "all data will be lost, continue? (Y/N)"

What is the size of your HDD? Before formatting, how many partitions did you have? was there only one (C)? or was there more than one (C,D,E, etc)? If you only had one C partition that spanned the entire HDD & you formatted it, you erased all your files. You may be able to recover your old files by using recovery software, but the more you use the system, the less likely it becomes.

Try this: http://www.piriform.com/recuva


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#4
March 31, 2012 at 07:37:13
Actually, while i was using my system, power went off and after power came, i started my system. the windows xp startup screen came and then, after that,in a blank screen,then it said that "DATA READ ERROR OCURRED, PRESS ctrl+alt+del to restart".
So,after several tries, i loaded the xp cd and for formatting after pressing F8, it showed the C Drive. I formatted that C drive only and setup new OS.
After opening 'my computer', It is showing only c Drive.
It previously consisted of C,D,E,F drives and all in one single physical hard disk.
The total size is 250GB.
In diskmgmt, it is showing only Cdrive of 25 gb as healthy and rest all 210 gb as single disk with free memory..

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#5
March 31, 2012 at 07:47:01
What was the size of C before this all happened, only 25GB? That's not very big for an OS. What were the other partitions used for? Formatting C shouldn't have touched the other partitions, however, it's possible that the partition table somehow got corrupted.

http://www.ntfs.com/partition-recov...


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#6
March 31, 2012 at 09:11:23
The size of c drive before formattin was also 25GB. C drive was used only for the OS and the other drives are used for saving data like movies, files, docs, etc.... The problem is how to get back the data from other drives as i am sure that i have not formatted those drives. please give a solution...... It is not even showing those drives when i open "my computer"....

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#7
March 31, 2012 at 09:45:57
You can try running Windows repair tools on the unallocated space but I am not sure that will work.

You can try using testdisk to repair the partitions. BUT, because you had multiple partitions on 1 physical hard drive you will need to have an idea of what the original configuration of all the partitions was.

If you don't feel confident to supply that information then don't run testdisk.

Get test disk at the link below.
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Test...

If you can't repair the partitions then you can probably recover the files from the remaining space on your hard drive. You will need somewhere to copy the files to. I recommend you get another hard drive large enough to hold everything. You should have been keeping backups right along. Get an external hard drive. I recommend a unit that uses AC power (plug in the wall). They are more dependable.

Get recuva from the link below to recover the files. Download recuva and install to your C partition. Run it to see what can be recovered. That will help you know if you want to try testdisk. With 5 logical drives in an extended partition your chance of success is minimal. As I said, you would need to know the exact size of each logical drive to assure success.

http://www.piriform.com/recuva



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#8
March 31, 2012 at 10:24:56
I have used recuva software also.. It is showing only C drive to scan and recover lost data.. It is not showing any other drives or partitions to scan which is required at present .!

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#9
March 31, 2012 at 10:47:31
See the link in response # 5

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#10
March 31, 2012 at 16:02:31
If you can't see anything with recuva then I agree with #9 above as the next step to recovery. Post back with progress.

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#11
March 31, 2012 at 22:54:39
Buddies, I'm very much thankful to you all for your concern at my problem. But as a normal ece engineering student, i cannot understand the operations told at the link in #5 response. If u suggest me any softwares, i can manage.
I also used icare data recovery software. When i clicked at lost partition recovery button, it scanned and showed one single 238gb disk, after selcting it and pressing recovery,it is scanning for some time and getting struck.

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#12
March 31, 2012 at 23:55:28
Friends, I have used EASEUS PARTITION RECOVERY and it is the first software which showed all the four drives after scanning.I just pressed the proceed button after marking the missing drives and i got all the missing three drives with all the data. I have lost only data which is placed on desktop as i have formatted the C drive and i dont think I can retrieve it. IS THERE ANY WAY..?
Thank you for your support. It was really helpful and i learned many things. :)

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#13
April 1, 2012 at 07:55:26
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Glad to hear you have had some success. You can try recuva on your C partition. You may see MANY files. If you have some idea of which files you are missing you may be able to sift through the list. Perhaps by filtering by date.

You can't do any harm by using recuva. Just don't attempt to replace files with any recovered files. Best to recover them to a fixed place and then open to view.

I would hope you have learned the value of maintaining copies of your important files.


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#14
April 2, 2012 at 06:47:24
Thank you.. I have Recuva software and got back some files from C drive even after formatting..!

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#15
April 2, 2012 at 09:44:54
Now setup a regular backup process.

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