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  • #16
    Looking some more at emails see:

    I left the two hard drives in the drive cage locked. They should be OK. The top hard drive is the bootable one and the bottom one is a copy of the first one except its not set to boot.
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    • #17
      Ahh so you put a larger drive in position #2.

      You can maybe restore what was originally one there if the drive isn't damaged.
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      • #18
        OK found a program that worked for me a few years back call Recuva.

        It will piece together your drive and restore files.

        It is here ==> Recuva

        The program will look at the drive whether it is formatted or not and initially do a scan of files to see if there is anything left. It will not restore them until you tell it to.
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        • #19
          It looks like you lost the partition table. You should be able to restore it with any low level drive utility. Fdisk would do it. I keep the old school utility CDs that used to come with a new hard drive around for events like this, although hard drives have become much more reliable. Those CDs are loaded with useful utilities and were often set up to boot into fdos or some other useful formatting place.

          The problem is there is probably a reason why you lost the table. You'll often find that you start a repair and it looks good but eventually it becomes corrupt before it finishes. It's best to duplicate the disk onto a new one and then work with the new one.

          You can find pretty much everything you might need on the gparted live cd.

          http://gparted.org/livecd.php

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Pete View Post
            OK found a program that worked for me a few years back call Recuva.

            It will piece together your drive and restore files.

            It is here ==> Recuva

            The program will look at the drive whether it is formatted or not and initially do a scan of files to see if there is anything left. It will not restore them until you tell it to.
            Thanks pete, running it now, will let you know the outome.
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            • #21
              Originally posted by mikaluch View Post
              It looks like you lost the partition table. You should be able to restore it with any low level drive utility. Fdisk would do it. I keep the old school utility CDs that used to come with a new hard drive around for events like this, although hard drives have become much more reliable. Those CDs are loaded with useful utilities and were often set up to boot into fdos or some other useful formatting place.

              The problem is there is probably a reason why you lost the table. You'll often find that you start a repair and it looks good but eventually it becomes corrupt before it finishes. It's best to duplicate the disk onto a new one and then work with the new one.

              You can find pretty much everything you might need on the gparted live cd.

              http://gparted.org/livecd.php
              Thanks for the link, yes some things were a lot easier in the old days.

              If I do not get anywhere just now i will give your link a try.

              Thanks
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              • #22
                Yup; you should see what was there. Wait to restore as you are looking right now.

                Mike's method of using the xp boot disk tools will also restore a master boot record. Once the master boot record is restored you will see the data.

                The linux live boot disk with GParted will also do the same. Be careful with GParted,

                Just wondering about how this happened.
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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Pete View Post
                  Yup; you should see what was there. Wait to restore as you are looking right now.

                  Mike's method of using the xp boot disk tools will also restore a master boot record. Once the master boot record is restored you will see the data.

                  The linux live boot disk with GParted will also do the same. Be careful with GParted,

                  Just wondering about how this happened.
                  The scan has found 2 drives, not sure if it's C: and D: which are both on drive 0 or if it's also found drive 1

                  anyway it has found 17000+ files with 30 mins estimated to go

                  I'll let you know the outcome.
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                  • #24
                    Did it have originally one or two partitions?

                    You want to pick the last configuration. IE: if you know it was one partition then that one would be it.
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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Pete View Post
                      Did it have originally one or two partitions?

                      You want to pick the last configuration. IE: if you know it was one partition then that one would be it.
                      It only had one partition.

                      Using a programme called "testdisk" it has read the drive found the partition, which is beyond repair, however has coppied folders and files from the drive to my c: drive, so I am a happy cookie just now.

                      Many thanks to everyone for their help.

                      Pete have not a clue what happened with this drive, but going to re-format it and see how it goes.
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                      • #26
                        Good news Gordon. I would check out how much live the drive has in it. Use one of those freebee programs to check it out. Many times when one sector starts to go is indicatory that it might be going.
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                        • #27
                          One of those disk wipe utilities that overwrites the disk many times is a good stress test. Run the wipe utility and then try to reformat.

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