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Cannot retrieve HDD data after system reboot....

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by Kr00C, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. Kr00C

    Kr00C Member

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    I downgraded my system from Vista to XP Pro. I have one 80gb HD and one 400gb HD. i cannot retrieve any data from my 400gb, i have 244gb of media in there.

    I go to my computer, click the 400gb drive, n it tells me that its not formatted and asks me if i want to format it...but if i format it I will lose all my data.

    I also went to disk management and in the 400gb hd it shows 128gb and 244 gb seperate....

    is there a way i can get my data back? I don't want to lose anything

    Will it work if i upgrade back to windows vista?
     
  2. DedShadow

    DedShadow Regular member

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    Im not sure, but does Vista use a different file system to XP pro? If thats the case, XP probably doesnt recognise the way it was formatted in the first place. Just a guess..
     
  3. Kr00C

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    u mean NTFS? XP and Vista run NTFS
     
  4. sammorris

    sammorris Senior member

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    No, vista uses a new system, like NTFS but different. Only XP (and possibly 2000, not sure) use NTFS. Vista needs a modified file system to use its "quicksearch" feature.
     
  5. Kr00C

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    i reinstalled vista and still cant get into the hdd, help!!
     
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    sammorris Senior member

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    Where did you install vista, might I ask?
     
  7. Kr00C

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    u mean which drive? (C:) - 80 gb drive; the 400gb is my second hdd
     
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    Hmm, the drive should be readable then - what does it show in your disk management?
     
  9. Kr00C

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    That's what my disk management says....

    Before I assigned a letter to (Z:), it was unallocated.....
     
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    Hmm, so 128GB was allocated and the rest forgotten? Well, if it works now then no point complaining, but that is odd - never seen that one before.
     
  11. jony218

    jony218 Guest

    try and see if the free program "testdisk" can help you. It sounds like you might have a corrupt boot sector. All the information is still on the hard drive you just have to rebuild the boot sector (which is causing the hard drive to show raw).

    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
     
  12. abuzar1

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    It's probably because it's a RAW partition, it's not formatted as NTFS.
     
  13. Kr00C

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    how do i change it to NTFS w/o losing my data?
     
  14. Kr00C

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    heeeelellllppppp............
     

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