Recover files from unallocatedSpace

Seagste hdd 80gb / Sata
March 31, 2009 at 06:17:56
Specs: Windows XP
I had windows vista earlier installed in my PC. I installed win-XP from bootable Cd after formatting C drive where vista was installed. Now I am not getting the drive D, E, F. Only C drive is coming in my computer. When i go to manage then it shows C drive and unallocated space (74GB). But i didnot format other drives. So I want to know that how i can recover my data from those drives.

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March 31, 2009 at 06:38:50
A couple of things come to mind. First of all, the drives you are looking for were most likely logical drives in an extended partition.

If your total drive is is the 80GB then I don't know where you installed WinXP because an 80GB is actually only about 74GB.

Look at response #1 in the thread below to see if that is of any help.

Post back with a response on where WinXP is and how much space it occupies.

I have some other ideas that may correct the problem but first we need to be sure of what you currently have.

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March 31, 2009 at 10:26:27
Sorry the unallocated space comes with 71.5 GB Approax. and the win-XP OS installed in C drive with 2 GB Space.

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March 31, 2009 at 11:37:08
You could try one of the file recovery programs listed in the link above. Sounds like the extended partition and logical drives were deleted.

Are you sure you didn't delete the C partition instead of just formatting it?

In the meantime every time you writ e to the disk you may be overwriting some files that MAY still be there.

I just had a thought. Did you need to change any settings in the BIOS in order to get WinXP to recognise the hard drive?

There are two ways to use SATA drives. One method is to set the BIOS to AHCI type and that will allow the SATA drive to simulate a PATA/IDE ATA drive. The second method requires installing SATA drivers at the beginning of the WinXP installation.

If your Vista installation included one way and you changed to the other that might be the reason the partitions are gone.

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