My Hard drive disappeared and gone

January 25, 2012 at 04:55:07
Specs: Windows XP, pentium 4 3.0GHZ / 2 GB
Hi every one Please i need help
i have one hard attached to mother board its 320 GB and i have three patrition (C,D,E). the C drive has 15 GB , D and E have other GB.i installed windows to usb by using Win to flash but after 20 seconds my computer restarted when it turn on i shocked cause partition of D and E are Gone !! even in Disk manager invisible !! disappeared !!
and BIOS shows that i have 320 GB and in my computer C drive shows it has its 15 GB no more.....even when i put windows CD to format it just show C drive !!
how can i fix that problem what cause of it please my mind will Blow up that make me crazy
please i need heeeeeeeeeeelp.

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#1
January 25, 2012 at 05:10:47
Test drive with hard drive tools from your hard disk manufacturer or with Seatools from Seagate. You download ISO image and create a bootable CD and boot to that. Since it shows up in BIOS, this may help.

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


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#2
January 25, 2012 at 05:11:43
I don't know what you did. Flashing the BIOS should not disturb the partitioning and formatting of your hard drive.

So, you can still boot into and run Windows XP then?

When you look in Disk Management what capacity is the C: drive? 320 or 15?

Are you using at least service pack one for WinXP?


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#3
January 25, 2012 at 05:24:17
OtherHill i ran windows Xp Sp 2 and when i receive that to make partition it just show C drive with 320 GB but in Disk manager capability of the C drive is just its GB i mean it 15 GB

Fingers what you mean to test my hard drive with hard drive tools how can i do it?


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#4
January 25, 2012 at 05:34:06
What do you mean you "installed windows to usb by using Win to flash"?

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#5
January 25, 2012 at 05:46:44
one of my friend want to install win xp but his dvd room damaged i wanted to install windows by using Usb and i got software that called Win to flash to night i opened that program and i i plugged my usb flash and it translated windows to flash but after few seconds my computer restarted when turned on the problem began. help please what i have to do ?

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#6
January 25, 2012 at 05:58:14
You are very hard to understand.

So you were using your computer to make the flash drive with WinXP on it so you could install it on your friends computer?

Did you use a Windows XP CD to transfer the contents to the USB flash drive?


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#7
January 25, 2012 at 06:03:06
yes yes
finally i installed the windows xp by using my flash usb problem is not that never mind that program let it.
problem is that why my hard drive disappeared when i used that program even that program is not cause of my problem.

how can i get back disappeared drive even invisible in Disk manager ?


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#8
January 25, 2012 at 06:20:22
do you understand friend ?

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#9
January 25, 2012 at 06:28:07
OtherHill do you want to explain to you or you understood ?

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#10
January 25, 2012 at 07:21:51
I think creating the usb might have formatted the hard drive. I think you might have to perform a disk recovery. Does the usb flash work?

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#11
January 25, 2012 at 09:04:21
Yes Usb flash work... but if i formattd hard drive it should appear hard drive that formatted but it disappeared even when i run windows xp to format it it show just C drive with 320 GB but when i turn on my computer and go to my computer there have just C drive with 15 GB...i don't know what i have to do ? i need those files in d and E drive....what you mean i have to use Disk recovery? please i'll be crazy i don't know what is cause of that problem and how can i fix it and get it back ?

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#12
January 25, 2012 at 10:25:18
In disk management on the left side of the drive listings there is an Icon with Disk 0 next to it. Below that, post what it says there.

Then right click on the hard drive icon for Disk 0. Choose properties> General.

Post all the information listed there. Repeat for all 4 tabs and post all information for all 4 tabs.

Then above that stuff there is a line for C: Post what it says under each of the columns.
Layout, type, file system, status, capacity, free space, % free, fault tolerance, overhead.


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#13
January 25, 2012 at 16:07:29
All of you can see these images and know my problem
i uploaded four images you can see them here open one by one in this below link and you understand... then help me pleaseeeeeeeeee

http://imageupper.com/g/?S020001001...


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#14
January 25, 2012 at 16:36:25
You could download and install a program like Easeus Partition manager. It might give you more information than disk management in Windows XP.

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#15
January 25, 2012 at 17:02:09
You have conflicting data. You say 1 has 15 GB but 4 says 300 pus GB. I would put drive as a secondary and attempt to run recovery software on it. Booting from it reduces the chance of recovery.

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#16
January 25, 2012 at 19:08:53
It appears you somehow deleted an extended partition that contained your logical drives d & E. I can't speculate how you did that. The data should still be there if you haven't been overwriting by downloading anything. Best to not use that hard drive any more than necessary.

You can try running testdisk on the drive to try to rebuild the original partitions. You will need to know more information than you have provided to us. You need to know if the other partitions were primary or logical drives in an extended partition. You may also need to know the capacity of each of them.

At any rate you should read all the tutorials for testdisk BEFORE attempting to use. link to testdisk immediately below.

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Test...

If you have another hard drive I think Wizard Fred has a good suggestion.

In the mean time download the portable version of recuva and run it from a flash drive to see if recuva sees all your missing files.

Get recuva from the link below.

http://www.piriform.com/recuva

You can also explore other resolutions from the hits in the link below.

https://www.google.com/search?q=ext...



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#17
January 26, 2012 at 13:52:56
Thank you Friends especially OtherHill cause i got my hard partitions with TestDisk
thank you my problem had been solved thanksssss

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#18
January 26, 2012 at 14:08:37
Glad to hear that you got it fixed. You should always maintain at least TWO copies of any data you want to keep. Lots of things can happen to your computer. The list is long. I suggest archiving your important personal files to optical disk (CDR or DVDR). They are cheap, easy to do and can be duplicated easily for even more protection.

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#19
January 27, 2012 at 12:28:30
Thanks OtherHill i bout an other hard drive and i archive my important things but if i put that spare hard drive to a place are its safe? or what place is safe for hard drive?

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#20
January 27, 2012 at 12:46:56
A shock absorbing box in a fire resistant safe.

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#21
January 27, 2012 at 13:09:12
Inside of a fire resistant safe.

I have a large heavy safe that is bolted to the wall in the basement. I keep my original software disks in there and also backup copies for computers on DVDR. My running backup is on an external sitting next to my computer. If something happened to my computer that external will probably suffer the same fate be it theft, fire, tornado, etc. That safe ain't going anywhere. I keep my money in the bank and used to keep my software in there too until I got that safe.

In my opinion a second hard drive is fine for every day backups. However, for things that absolutely can't be replaced I like optical disks with multiple copies. Including copies stored off site. Photos come to mind as something that can't be replaced. Get the idea?

All that said, any backup is better than none. Good that you have a plan in place.


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#22
January 28, 2012 at 02:58:54
Thanks...i have other question even its not for this Category...My question is that i have a folder with 8.41 GB i want born in a DVD with 8.5 GB but size of my folder is bigger than DVD's size how can i Compress that folder without using Winrar or 7zip ?
or if i use winrar how can i compress it without splitting ?

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#23
January 28, 2012 at 04:00:49
A standard DVD is more useable if you need to copy to another machine. So split it and don't use compression.

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#24
January 28, 2012 at 07:26:51
If it is a folder with multiple files in it just break them up into two or more folders that will fit.

I wouldn't even recommend using dual layer myself. Single layer DVDs hold up to about 4.4GB. That is a lot of data. As I stated above, you can use hard drives for general backup. You can also use DVDR for imaging/ backup. The programs all have disk spanning features.

For archiving photos, music, etc. just do it before it gets to be too much data.

Couple of other things to note. First, along with Wizard Freds' advice about compression I recommend for those really important files that you not burn using the maximum speed. You will get a better burn if slower speeds are used.


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#25
January 28, 2012 at 15:31:17
Thanks friends...i have finall question..what program is best for recovering files?
last night i deleted a video file but i used these programes to recover (Recuva - Active file recovery - Recover my files - get data back).but didn't worck how can i recover it ? i need it

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#26
January 28, 2012 at 16:59:53
If recuva didn't find it perhaps you just had a link to the video file, not the actual file.

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#27
February 1, 2012 at 05:44:52
Hi friends i have an important question that i wonder to know
i saw a Blu-ray or high quality video that size about 10 or 15 GB and in other site i downloaded same movie with MKV that has just 700 MB and with same quality !!!!!
how they compressed or converted that video to that small sizes with same quality?!!!
i converted my video its sizes 2 GB to MKV it size converted to 1GB and lost its quality completely???why please i need that

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#28
February 1, 2012 at 06:26:37
You need to start new threads for new questions. This thread has run its course.

Post this question in the Digital Photo/ Video forum.


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#29
February 1, 2012 at 07:09:50
thanks i made it but i didn't get answer .
here is the link of my new thread that i made

http://www.computing.net/answers/di...


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