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HD not accessible after reinstall of XP

By frank.zl1fma ·
After a crash, forced to partially reinstall XP Pro on system (C) drive. Performed a backup of all files. After re-installation system, recognized secondary partition (E)at XP startup and runs chkdsk. After logon XP then denies me access to files claiming corruption of (E)drive. Using administration rights, find my secondary drive is listed in some storage windows as without FAT or NTFS. (It is NTFS.) Other admin windows drive is not mentioned at all. Cannot access it, or change drive letters or get to my picture files. Also note about thirty GB of drive has disappeared from this (E) drive partition. Other files and partitioned drives on other seperate hard drive all ok. Suggestions anyone ?? for restoring access to drive (E) and those files I should have backed up on CD. (Doh!! slapping forehead again.)

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by x10nd In reply to HD not accessible after r ...

hey,

try the old fashion method, get into using fdisk, and try checking out the disk. boot the system from the cd and reformat the system partition, i guess you have mulitple partition. assuming you dont have
delete the following files
windows, documents and settings, program files.
and reinstall windows. if it still says access denied and does not let you access the files, use select the required files and create a copy in the required drive, that should give you access.

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by statykserver In reply to HD not accessible after r ...

Sounds like the hard drive is failing or has failed. You can take a chance and use the manufacturers (Seagate, Maxtor, Western Digital etc.)utilities to check the integrity of the drive and hope it last long enough to try and salvage your files. I once tried accessing a customers HD to save their files but their drive wasn't accessible at all and you could hear how bad it sounded. I had read about putting it in the freezer for 30-45 min somewhere online and figured I'd give it a try. Popped it in, pulled it out(the hard drive heh, heh) and I was able to successfully slave it and pull the files off. One time and one time only have I tried this but it worked out perfectly as strange as it may seem. That's one for the tech pocket.

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by frank.zl1fma In reply to

Thanks for answer. Did not try your solution as managed to get software support from a friendly local dealer. Have now been able to access hardrive files thanks to a neat bit of recovery software that comes from "runtime.org" Programme is called "GetDataBack" and is available for NTFS and Fat File Systems. Providing you are not trying to restore on your original crashed harddrive all should work out OK just as it has for me. Frank

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by ctrservices In reply to HD not accessible after r ...

Probably a failing HD. If you have access to a second computer with XP (formatted with NTFS), install the failing HD as slave and copy any needed files to new PC and burn on CD.

Then, if anything goed wrong while trying to salvage the drive, your data is safe.

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by frank.zl1fma In reply to

Thanks for answer. Did not try your solution as managed to get software support from a friendly local dealer. Have now been able to access hardrive files thanks to a neat bit of recovery software that comes from "runtime.org" Programme is called "GetDataBack" and is available for NTFS and Fat File Systems. Providing you are not trying to restore on your original crashed harddrive all should work out OK just as it has for me. Frank

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by frank.zl1fma In reply to HD not accessible after r ...

C and E are on the same hard drive. About 58 and 53 GB original size, now after re-install 58 and 38 GB. Missing about 20GB (unlabeled) which could hold my missing files and also the key to accessing the E drive. Just a novice at this XP reinstalling as I thought one or two attempts would be enough in any personal PC users (with only one PC)lifetime.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to HD not accessible after r ...

Just one more thing if you can manage to salvage your data Pictures are only safe on CD or DVD for about 3 years you'll need to recopy them quite often so you do not loose clarity.

Think of CD/DVD as temporary saving Data and you'll be safe replace the burnt CD/DVDs often and shell out for one of those CD/DVD destroyers so you can safely dispose of the used CD/DVDs without the need to worry about someone gaining access to your data. Currently they retail for about $29 AU here.

Incidentally the freezer trick works a treat but you have to be fast and not allow the drive to heat up too much and make sure that the drive in in a water proof bag when it goes into the freezer.

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by frank.zl1fma In reply to

Thanks for answer. Did not try your solution as managed to get software support from a friendly local dealer. Have now been able to access hardrive files thanks to a neat bit of recovery software that comes from "runtime.org" Programme is called "GetDataBack" and is available for NTFS and Fat File Systems. Providing you are not trying to restore on your original crashed harddrive all should work out OK just as it has for me. Frank

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by frank.zl1fma In reply to HD not accessible after r ...

Thanks for answer. Did not try your solution as managed to get oftware support from a friendly local dealer. Have now been able to access hardrive files thanks to a neat bit of recovery software that comes from "runtime.org" Programme is called "GetDataBack" and is available for NTFS and Fat File Systems. Providing you are not trying to restore on your original crashed harddrive all should work out OK. Frank

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