Retrieving Data from NTFS drive

By m_sheppers ·
I recently encountered some problems installing software on my Dell System. I am running Windows XP Professional. After several attempts to fix the problem, I purchased a new hard drive and installed my OS on it. It seems to be working fine but I have some files on the old hard drive that I need to retrieve. My system recognizes both hard drives (new and old) but will not assign a drive letter to the old hard drive. When I go into Disk Management, the old hard drive shows up as Healthy (Active) but does not have a drive letter assigned. If I right-click on it the only option available is Delete Partition. All of the other options are greyed out. Can anyone suggest how I might be able to access the drive and retrieve my files? I've been told that I need to re-format the drive but I don't want to lose the files if I can save them.

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Re:Retrieving Data from NTFS drive

by cennetgonullu In reply to Retrieving Data from NTFS ...

Format your drive and use a program like easy recovery to recover your deleted files. I don't know any other solutions

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If your system and XP see the drive it should be accessable.

by carlsf In reply to Re:Retrieving Data from N ...

What Operating System are you using to try to accesss the drive from.

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Re: What Operating System

by m_sheppers In reply to If your system and XP see ...

Windows XP Professional SP 2.

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Yes SP 2

by carlsf In reply to Re: What Operating System

XP PRO with SP 2

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Re: Retrieving Data from NTFS drive

by paulrayment In reply to Retrieving Data from NTFS ...

Have you tried Steve Gibson's SpinRite 6 program as this should allow you to retrieve your data on the old drive.

The url is www.grc.com

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Two possible options

by NickNielsen In reply to Retrieving Data from NTFS ...

If the BIOS recognizes the drive, the problem is most likely in the partition table or boot record. Try downloading a partition manager/recovery tool. I recommend Ranish (http://www.ranish.com/part/) or TestDisk (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk). Allow the program you choose to repair the partition table on your old drive. Then reboot to your XP and you should be able to get the data.

You might also consider downloading a recovery CD like the Ultimate Boot CD (http://ubcd.sourceforge.net/) or a live Linux CD (http://www.frozentech.com/content/livecd.php). My preference is PCLinuxOS, but Knoppix and Ubuntu are also good choices. I find that Linux will often access data that Windows says is lost.

Best of luck with the recovery.

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Why not

by CuteElf In reply to Two possible options

Ask a buddy if you can put the drive in THIER computer as a slave (try for w2k or another xp) and see if their computer's bios/board will recognize it.

I would NOT recommend formatting until you've tried the drive on a few different boxes.


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You're back!

by NickNielsen In reply to Why not

In the lower 48, I see. But if you're in East Wenatchee, you aren't much closer to civilization than you were in AK

Only format if you really don't like the user...

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Thanks for the help

by m_sheppers In reply to Two possible options

I have used CG Security's TestDisk and recovered my data. I few files were lost, but I was able to salvage most of my files. I really appreciate all of the responses and help. I've learned my lesson and have now copied my files to DVD backups.

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Blatant troll for a "thumbs up"

by NickNielsen In reply to Thanks for the help

If you really appreciate an answer to one of your questions, you can click on the "Mark Helpful" button while viewing that answer. (Hint, hint!) :)

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