D drive shows that it is empty...all my files are gone?

June 9, 2012 at 05:46:21
Specs: Windows XP
my secondary drive D seems to have lost all my files

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#1
June 9, 2012 at 06:27:34
I gather this is an external drive? Many have had issues with the file system being converted to RAW format, which it will show in computer management, in administrative tools.

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/pcinsp...

http://www.piriform.com/recuva

These are both free data recovery programs that work well. Do not install them on the drive you are trying to recover from. Install on the main unit and run the scan on the external.


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#2
June 9, 2012 at 07:14:03
No much info. Is it an internal HDD? Did you do anything recently like reinstall Windows?

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#3
June 9, 2012 at 09:02:25
I tried minitool power date recovery and minitool partition wizard...both will not do anything with the drive...it kept asking for me to insert a disc into the drive....which is impossible because it has no external connection....this is an extra drive for storage inside my computer...I try to keep large files off my main drive for better performance...windows was trying to write recover or something and then the files disappeared and the drive is showing that it is empty...I have looked into my event viewer and for that drive it says an error was detected on the device during a paging operation...what ever that means

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#4
June 9, 2012 at 12:11:17
Any errors showing for that drive in Device Manager?

Btw, just for info, the amount of files on your main HD make no difference to performance unless you are very low on HD free space. The number of "programs" running in the background are what can affect performance.

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#5
June 9, 2012 at 15:24:20
it is not even listed in the device manager any more

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#6
June 9, 2012 at 15:48:23
Try this. Turn off the computer and remove the mains plug. If it's a laptop remove the main battery. Now hold the power off/on key in for at least 20 seconds. It probably won't help but there is "a chance" and it's quick to try.

Does the drive show in BIOS? If not then either there is a problem with its connections or the drive itself has failed.

Here's another option:
Create a Linux Knoppix CD from here:
http://m.lifehacker.com/192982/geek...
With this you should be able to see the contents of all HD's. If you can see your D drive with this then it proves that it is a Windows issue, rather than hardware.
In fact I use Puppy Linux Live CD but whichever you one you use the general instructions on that link are useful.

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#7
June 10, 2012 at 05:48:09
I do believe that it will be a hardware problem....my computer was making a clicking noise when I was getting the error message.....then it stopped doing that....if that is the case is all my stuff gone or can I still get if off somehow...

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#8
June 10, 2012 at 09:35:32
I would need a step by step guide on just how to use the Linux Knoppix CD....that link takes you to all kinds of mirror files and I don't know which one to use or how to use it as well....do I need to copy it to a disk and then put it into my computer on start up or what

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#9
June 10, 2012 at 09:38:32
As, I said, look in BIOS - if it doesn't show there then it's about certain to be hardware. Clicking sounds and HD failure often go together.

Usually it's very expensive to get data off a dud HD (if that's what it is). Keep watching to see if anyone else has any ideas about that.

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#10
June 11, 2012 at 08:42:37
I cannot get into the BIOS using any keys on my keyboard...so I don't know what that is all about...but I do see that the computer is booting first from the cd/dvd drive
looking in my device manager under the disk manager the drive in question is not showing up there at all....still lost as to what to do....the most important stuff on that drive was all my photos

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#11
June 11, 2012 at 10:22:23
Re your #8

Any Linux Live CD will do. That link in my #6 gave some useful background info but I have spelt it out in full for Puppy Linux here (response #34) so you could use that:
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

Sounds as if you won't need to change the boot order but normally you access BIOS by tapping some F key or other while it is booting (or maybe the Del key). Look at the screen when booting and it should say which key to use to get to "Setup". All BIOS's are different but if you give the exact computer make and model number I should be able to confirm which key it is.

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