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tedfat

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Well hope you guys can help me.
I have a 20 gig hard drive on a micro computer.
When i installed xp on it i didnt know about partitioning at the time so it automaticaly divided into 2 gig and 18 gig.
Because i was a bit of a newbie a couple of years ago i didnt want to start messing around with stuff so left it as it was, only problem was as you can imagine everytime i downloaded something i would have to transfer it straight away from my 2 gig part (c: drive) to the 18 gig partition ( e:drive) anyway after months and months of doing this and running out of space i decided to do something about it. I borrowed of my brother some sort of partition and was messing about with it but to no avail.
Now one day when i put the computer on whether it be me messing around or a virus i went on my computer and had a ? mark over the e:drive and it couldn't find it.
Non of my programmes would work either,.
i lost everything.
I have tried loads of programmes to find lost files etc... but to no avail.
But if i right click on my computer, manage, storage, and disk management it tells me i have a c drive with 2 gig that is nearly full and the other one says new partition 17.08 gig with only 1.8 gig remaining.
So i know that the partition and stuff is still there, it just cant access it.
I have tried to rename it to e drive and f drive but for some reason it wont let me.
I can right click on the 18 gig but it wont let me alter anything, like mark opartition as active or change path etc.

So does anyone know how i can get it back or is it a lost cause?
I know if the FBI had my computer they would be able to do it so there must be a simple tool for us simpletons out here.

Cheers in advance if any one can be bothered to read all this dribble.
:)

Tedfat
 

tedfat

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Just had a look at the properties for the c drive and gone into driver properties and it is showing 2
1 says c\windows\system32\DRIVERS\disk.sys
and the other says

c\windows\system32\drivers\PartMgr.sys

So i it looks like i maight have partioned something or dome something with partition magic.
When i go and have a look at the file i can't open it cause it doesnt know what programme to open it with.
Should i delete????!!!!!!
Or is that a big no no,lol

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it dont look good ted. maybe some will come along and help, but it looks like reformat and reinstall to me...
 

tedfat

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cavtek said:
it dont look good ted. maybe some will come along and help, but it looks like reformat and reinstall to me...
I think if the worst comes to worst, it just would be good not to lose all my photos and music files etc....
I just dont understand that how come it knows there is 1.8 ggi left out of 17 but wont let me access it. I ran an anti virus prog a few weeks ago and it actually came up with ( harmless) stuff in files that are in the old e drive.

Tedfat
 
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Have you tried System Restore?Hopefully you have a restore point from before this problem started....?
 

tedfat

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Hmmm i don't think i have tried that but in all honestly i cant remember.
Bit rusty on system restore , its a long time ago i did it.
Could you advice me on the best way please.
Your help and time is greatfully appreciated.

tedfat
 

tedfat

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well managed to do system restore but it was switched off, also i cant run it as i dont have 200mb of space left to run it.
Can i not run my computer from a specific date ( last known good configuration) or something?
 

tedfat

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Tried last known config but obviously with the time involved over the past few weeks that didnt work.
Am i buggered ???
LOL

Tedfat
 
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You might try puting that drive in another pc and see if you can copy files to save

wrs
 

tedfat

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Tried that one thanks but all it came up was with 2 gig of hard drive.
Not the 18 i am missing

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