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  1. councilman

    councilman Thread Starter

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    I put a old drive in a new computer as a secondary drive and am trying to get the files off of it. When I try to view the drive from the command promnt i get this message

    The volume does not contain a recognized file system.
    Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted.

    Any suggestions on how I might be able to recover the files that where on this drive?

    Thanks
     
  2. GwizJoe

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    What OS are you using,and what type of format was the old hard-drive?
     
  3. councilman

    councilman Thread Starter

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    XP
    ntfs
     
  4. Alex Ethridge

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    You cannot access an NTFS partition from DOS mode. I suggest you connect this drive as a secondary in a system running XP or 2000. Boot to Windows and you will have full access--provided the old drive is good and the file system isn't corrupt.
     
  5. councilman

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    I tried accessing it through windows xp as the second drive and I get a message saying the drive needs to be formatted.
     
  6. Alex Ethridge

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    The problem could be that the old system had the drive recognized differently. It could have set it up with different quantities of cylinders, heads, and/or sectors (CHS). The only way to be sure is to put the old drive back into the old system, have the old BIOS autodetect the drive and then see what CHS numbers it is set for.

    This that I have described is not as common a problem as it used to be; but, still, it is possible.

    Once you know what these settings are, you can manually set the CHS in the new BIOS to match the old.

    If that doesn't fix it, you may need professional help.

    Additional notes: I don't know your level of knowledge here so I'll err on the side of caution--don't format or FDisk the drive until you have recovered your data. If you have already done either or both, you already need professional help.
     
  7. councilman

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    Is there any software that I can run that would recover files on this drive? I'm just looking to get .jpg files off this drive.
     
  8. Alex Ethridge

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    All the software that could recover files on a drive that reports as unformatted or unpartitioned is quite expensive--$300 and up, I think.

    If you have tried all of the ideas above, you need a data recovery specialist.

    I'm out of ideas.

    By the way, it doesn't matter if you are trying to recover all files or just one; the process is the same and just as time-consuming.
     
  9. Rockn

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    Go into the disk management utility in XP and write a signature to the disk. It may tell you what file system the older drive was using as well. Sounds more like it isn't set up correctly in the BIOS or is using some drive overlay software the old system needed.
     
  10. jthenerd

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    i had the same problems before. had 20 gig of music on a hard drive and lightning took the puter out.i bought an external hard drive and it works great.I really dont know why it did.i am running xp pro and linux as secondary boot.
     
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