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How to recover my files? Disk is not formatted.

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  1. marcos77

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    Hi. I have a Dell Optiplex 320. I have two internal hard drives. Drive C and Drive D. I formatted drive C and reinstalled Windows XP Pro because my computer was having issues. Before I formatted I moved all of my important work files on drive D. I figured after I formatted I would be able to move those files and access them but when I click on Drive D it says, "The disk drive D is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?". How did this happen? I really need these files for work. I never did anything to change drive D and it was formatted before.

    What should I do to recover those files?
     
  2. jiml8

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    DId you perhaps format drive D by mistake? If so, and you did a quick format, the data might be recoverable. If you did a full format, the data is gone.

    You might try testdisk
     
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    I made sure not to format it. I only formatted drive C. I will try Testdisk. Thank you for the reply
     
  4. marcos77

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    I downloaded Testdisk for Windows but it didn't work for me. :(

    Here are the steps that I did with Testdisk.


    A. At the first window select &#8220;No Log&#8221; and press the <Enter> key.
    B. Select what drive to analyse, choose &#8220;Proceed&#8221; and <Enter>.
    C. Select partition type &#8211; Intel if it&#8217;s a PC.
    D. Select &#8220;Analyse&#8221; then <Enter>. The drive/partition will be analysed.
    E. Select &#8220;Proceed&#8221; at the next screen, then <Enter>.
    F. Press &#8220;Y&#8221; if the partitions were created under Vista &#8211; &#8220;N&#8221; if not.
    G. TestDisk should say &#8220;Structure OK&#8221;. Choose the drive/partition to fix. Then press <Enter>.
    H. Select &#8220;Write&#8221; and press <Enter>.
    I. Press &#8220;Y&#8221;.
    J. Press <Enter> and close TestDisk. Reboot the computer.

    Did I do something wrong? What should I try next....
     
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    I followed the steps in the above link. It shows the following:

    - Current Partition Structure
    - 1 P HPFS - NTFS
    - No Partition is bootable

    Next I click on 'Quick Search'. I select 'N' because I'm using XP. Hit Enter. During the Quick Search, TestDisk has found one partition. Next I Highlight this partition and press p to list my files (to go back to the previous display, press q to Quit).
    All directories and data are correctly listed. I can see all of my files on there!!

    But now I don't know what option to choose? Do I need to select all of the files or just press q to go back? Only the top file is selected.
     
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    Run TestDisk again and do Proceed, Intel, Analyse, Quick Search, Enter, select Write and type Y to confirm, restart the PC and the files should show up in Windows now.
     
  8. marcos77

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    it didn't work. When I click on Local Disk D: It still says, The Disk drive D is not formated. Do I want to format. y or n
     
  9. marcos77

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    I got it!!!!! I love you!!! ok This is what I did. Proceed, Intel, Analyse, Quick Search, N, P to list files, a to select all files and c to copy, Then I just selected the directory. I got everything back!!! I'm so happy.
     
  10. jiml8

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    Glad it worked out. Now you need to institute and maintain a backup program, because it isn't a matter of if your hard drive will fail, it is a matter of when. And you won't always be able to recover using software.
     
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