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Accidentally deleted files!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by tremblingblustar, Mar 3, 2009.

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  1. tremblingblustar

    tremblingblustar Thread Starter

    Mar 3, 2009
    I hate to come here with tech related questions and/or problems, but I'm really stressed over something my dumb *** did tonight.

    I have three hard drives - a 300GB PATA drive (D[​IMG], a 300GB SATA (E[​IMG] drive that contains my Windows installation, and a 500GB PATA (G[​IMG] drive that contains a back up of the 300GB PATA drive (both of which contain all of my important files, such as music, games, ect.)

    I've been having trouble with my Windows drive for a while now, as there is some sort of short that causes the SATA cable to not insert properly. I was having trouble getting Windows to even install tonight, so I did something monumentally stupid and installed my Windows disk into the DVD drive.

    I went to Windows setup, figuring I could create a partition on the G drive and install Windows and thus throw out the failing E drive. I formatted a partition, which turned out to be on my D drive by mistake. After fumbling a bit, I finally have Windows up and running from the E drive (didn't complete the installation to G).

    Problem is, now both of my G drive and D drive, which again contain all of my music, videos, ect. are gone! I tried Windows system restore and it did nothing. My D drive is showing up as empty with just the Windows directory, and the G drive is showing up as unformatted and unallocated.

    So, is there anything I can do to recover my stuff? Or am I monumentally screwed?
  2. IMiteBable2help


    Nov 6, 2001
    I think you're screwed. Ooopsie!
  3. hrlow2


    Oct 6, 2008
    You MIGHT be able to salvage something with ReCuva or maybe FreeUndelete.
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