invalid partition table

Dell / Dimension e510
January 31, 2009 at 07:48:01
Specs: Windows XP, 1 G RAM 3.0 Ghz cpu
Hi folks
I hope you can help.
I had a hd that would not boot past logon names. I eventually tried rec console - fixboot, fixmbr also.
Now get invalid partition table error.
Recovery console now does not recognize the C: drive, can't navigate.
Even when installed as a second drive, windows sees the drive, but when I dbl clk it says "disk is not formatted, format now?
I choose no. File system says "RAW".
There are family pictures, etc on this drive.
How can I access the data? Any ideas?
Thanks a million!

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January 31, 2009 at 08:26:54
I assume the drive was functioning?

What led up to this problem?

Have you re-installed or restored Windows recently?

If the drive the original that came with the Dell?

How large is the drive?

Do you know if you were using FAT32 or NTFS file system?

Knoppix MAY allow you to access and copy the personal files on the disk. Knoppix is a live version of Linux that installs to and runs from one CDR. Knoppix is a large download and you need disk burning capability. Get Knoppix at the link below.

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January 31, 2009 at 08:49:25
prior post

You do not need to make the same post twice !

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January 31, 2009 at 10:03:47
Remove the drive and attach it to another system as a slave, or to a USB port. Use a file recovery program like GetDataBack.

Start backing up your valuable files.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.

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January 31, 2009 at 15:41:51
Double-posting for the same problem is not permitted on this site. Is this indeed the same issue as the other post, because you've provided conflicting information, and you never addressed the Responses on the other post.

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