Need Help - Serious Hard Drive Problem

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Stix, Mar 13, 2009.

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  1. Stix

    Stix Registered Member

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    I re-installed my original version of XP, and when I initially accessed my 500GB external drive, it was immediately trashed. I read after the fact that the early versions of XP did not recognize anything greater than 120? GB and that it might do this.

    I have now installed a new copy of Vista Home Premium, but I was wondering if there was any way to get my files back from the external drive (like a fool, I had no current backup).

    Any help or advice would be GREATLY appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
  2. raakii

    raakii Registered Member

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    I guess there are hidden partition ,can u be clearer with ur problems.
     
  3. Stix

    Stix Registered Member

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    Thanks for replying Raakii. Some, but not nearly all, of my folders show up when I access the drive. However, I can open none of them. I get an error message when trying, but it's my home pc and I'm at work right now, so I can't tell you exactly what the message says.

    Any additional insight would be helpful, but if that's not enough info, I'll try and post the exact error message tonight.

    Thank you again!

    Stix
     
  4. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    Stix,

    Does your BIOS support HDs greater than 128 GB?

    Which SP version of WinXP Home are you using?
     
  5. Dr33

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    maybe you can integrate the SP3 to your windows XP and make an image with nlite, is just an idea i dont know if it will work
     
  6. jonyjoe81

    jonyjoe81 Registered Member

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    do a scandisk (with the box to fix errors checked) on the external drive. Maybe this can fix the corruption.

    If that doesn't work, you can try the free "testdisk" to try and fix the corruption on that drive. Worst case scenario, testdisk has an addon called "photorec" that software can recover data even from a severly corrupted hard drive.

    As long as there is no physical damage to the hard drive, you should be able to recover 99 percent of your data. A few errors on the hard drive, will make it look like the entire drive is bad, but the majority of the data is recoverable.
     
  7. pandlouk

    pandlouk Registered Member

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    If I understood correctly, you have a problem with the ownership of the files/folders. Try replacing the ownership with you new account and you will regain access to these files.

    hope it helps,
    Panagiotis
     
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