Is there any way to recover data from this hard drive?!

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technix

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Hi.

Earlier today I clean re-installed Windows XP Professional. I backed up alot of useful data on my second hard drive, and proceeded with the reinstallation. Everything went smooth, but when I double clicked my second hard drive in My Computer, it gave the message:

"The disk in drive D is not formatted.

Do you want to format it now?"

If i proceed with this, all the data on that hard drive will be wiped out.

Is there any possible way to recover the date from the hard drive?:mad:
 
what File System are you using? ie: Fat32 or NTFS?
Make sure that both hd's have the same file system, otherwise you're going to have to reinstall on the same fs.
 

technix

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I discovered the problem.... I accidentally deleted the FAT32 partition on the second hard drive while trying to delete the NTFS partition on my main hard drive (but I realized i needed DELPART.EXE to do so). :mad:

Thanks for all your help everyone, but the data on that HDD is long gone.
 

Per Hansson

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You can still use an unerase wizard to recover some of the data, remember, the FAT table is just a list to where the files are, so the files are still on your harddrive...

I know Symantec has one such utill...
 

Vehementi

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If he formatted over the partition he deleted it wouldn't work :stickout:

If you just deleted it, then yeah, it will.
 

Per Hansson

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A full format only deletes the FAT and runs a scandisk on all sectors, it doesn't remove the data...

To do that you will either have to do a "secure format" (offered in PartitionMagic for example)

Or use a program which low level formats the harddrive (writes zeroes to all sectors...)

(Note: The "usual" format program is a so called "high-level" format program)

For more information about this click this link:

http://www.storagereview.com/welcom...00/ref/hdd/perf/raid/levels/techCapacity.html
 
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