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Data Recovery

Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:29 pm
by Tiger
Hi Guys,
Hope you can help. I got fed up with Windows running so slowly and the horrific 'Roxio Desktop Manager' software that I could not get rid of. Decided that the best option was to reinstall XP Pro.
Have a Seagate Barracuda 130Gb hard drive that was partitioned; with XP and program files in one partition and all personal data in the other (5years of photos, music etc).
Used Windows Boot disk to perform the reinstall and was prepared to lose everything on the XP partition. During the process, it gave me the option to select which partition to choose and so I went ahead (it didn't offer me the chance to repair, only to do a full reinstall). Should have guessed that Microsoft couldn't keep it that simple! It then said that it had dicovered another partition and wanted to format that too. It gave me the option to abort so I did. Having poked its pesky MS nose into both partitions, the disk then became next to useless. System 'hangs' at intitial start up, if I try to use that drive as master. With it set as slave, using an older drive as master with XP loaded on it, the drive shows up as one entity (not partitioned) but will not allow access. Says that I need to format the disk so it can be used.

So to the point....!

Can I use a utility on UBCD to recover the files from the damaged hard drive? All I need are the photos, music and word docs. I suppose I am looking for a 'forensic' tool to just let me select and transfer data to another drive.

Any suggestions much appreciated.



OS:Windows XP Pro SP3; Machine: Asus AMD Socket A A7V600-X; Processor: Athlon XP 2800+; Physical Memory: 1.25GB RAM;

Re: Data Recovery

Posted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 1:00 am
by Icecube
Boot Parted Magic and save your files to an external hard disk.

Re: Data Recovery

Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:22 pm
by Darina
Hi! I wanted to ask, if there's any means to recover the data after Windows was re-installed? I left some important data on the disk C by mistake, and it got lost completely. I'd like to get it back, if it is possible at all...

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Re: Data Recovery

Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:49 pm
by The Piney
You can try recovering your partitions using "testdisk" which is included on the CD. The chances of recovering the data depend on how much the wanted files have been written over during the reload.

Re: Data Recovery

Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:42 pm
by Icecube
Use Photorec to recover files. Be sure that you save your files on another drive/partition. Saving recovered file on the same partition, is a very bad idea.