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Master Geek


Topic # 14658 14-Jul-2007 13:39
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Okay, so I messed up a little...

I just built up a new fandangled pc last night and swapped a sata disk from my original pc into it, however, the new pc didn't recognise it (i'm thinking different sata controller?) and the nice nvidia media shield popped up to config it...it was 1am and I wasn't thinking and end result is I initialised the disk for the new pc. I didn't format or partition it but...now I obviously can't see the data on it on either pc.

So, can I easily recover the data on the disk or not? I have DVD backups of the important stuff on it but I will lose some recently saved data if I don't recover it like an Aussie trip and some party memories :(

Any help would be smashing

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  Reply # 78079 14-Jul-2007 14:37
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what Os?





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  Reply # 78088 14-Jul-2007 16:37
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Both Win XP Pro SP2, original pc mapped via IDE channel, new one SATA controller

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  Reply # 78103 14-Jul-2007 18:58
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Is it showing that the disk is empty? I would recommend putting in another drive and installing windows on it. Then using a recovery program. DON'T PUT ANYTHING ON THE WEIRD DRIVE (it could overwrite some of the data)



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  Reply # 78140 15-Jul-2007 09:33
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Disk appears as unallocated and prompts for me to partition it.


I'm assuming I need to partition it with a quick format and run a recovery progam, which I don't have

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  Reply # 78164 15-Jul-2007 11:31
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could be worth getting a live disk for something like ubuntu then you could mount the disk and take a look at the data that way possibly?





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  Reply # 78736 18-Jul-2007 21:33
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As usual I end up solving my own probs, recovered the partition with a freeware program, TestDisk

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download

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