Serious trouble, my hard became unallocated s

July 26, 2009 at 13:38:34
Specs: Windows XP
iam a programmer, this morning my pc shut downed suddenly when i was writing a PHP script, i tried to turn the pc on again but i couldn't, i tried to install a new windows and i surprised when i couldn't find the partitions on the DOS..!!

after that i went to one of my friend, i borrowed his hard drive, i installed on it a new windows, i turned my pc on with my friend's hard drive as a master hard drive, and then i connected my hard drive as a slave hard drive to check my data, but i couldn't found my partitions and i found my self in serious real trouble .. :(

my hard disk appeared on the Device Manager, but the partitions didn't appear on 'my computer', so i tried to check the hard disk properties on the device manager and i found all my hard disk as a unallocated space !!!

on this hard disk all my previous 3 years work, i can't do F-Disk, so please guys help me to fix this problem, i don't care about the hard disk, i only want to copy my data from it, please any help :(

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July 26, 2009 at 13:59:49
not to sound stupid but have you tryed going to google and typeing in hard drive recovery

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July 26, 2009 at 14:33:01
Try testdisk. Be sure to read the tutorials BEFORE using the program.

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July 26, 2009 at 19:23:03
In case Testdisk can't do a recovery, the following are some file recovery programs that you can try:

PC Inspector (freeware)

Zero assumption Recovery
The demo is limited
It will only recover 'up to' four folders per run
But you can make multiple runs


For partition problems
Partition Table Doctor

Ontrack's 'Easy Recovery'

A reliable and regularly used backup system is a necessity!

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July 30, 2009 at 00:46:27
thanks god, i fixed it with TestDisk program, it recovered the all partitions with the all data :)
thanks everyone for your help.

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July 30, 2009 at 03:38:35
Many times data corruption on an External drive is caused by improper removal. You should always use the safely remove icon in the tray by the clock to remove the device before unplugging.

Also, writing directly to the root directory can eventually cause problems. Especially if the drive is formatted using FAT32.

I shouldn't need to tell you about the importance of backups.

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