Recovering a HDD

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AlMujtahid

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Is there anyway to recover a HDD?

I am not usre what happened to it? I have to HDD in a PC. I reformatted one of them, the one with the OS but the other with the data I did nothing to it. After I reinstalled the OS, I now get a message saying that the other drive is not formatted. I cannot access it.

Is it done? Is all the info on it gone? Is there anything I can do to revive that dive without formatting?

Please help!!!
 
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i am pretty much having the same type problem, read the replies i got off of the post " hard drive problem" maybe it can help you, didnt me but my situation is a little different. hope this helps
 

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Havent treid that yet, accessing the drive in DOS. How do I go about doing that?
 
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Insert your Startup disk and when you get to an A prompt, type in your drive letter with : after it, then hit enter and it should change to the appropiate drive letter. Then type in dir to see if you can locate any info on the particular drive.

What type of OS are you running now and then? Are they different? Make sure that the jumper settings are correct on each drive also.
 

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before I was running WinXP. The two drives were working fine. I didnt touch the jumpers or anything. I reformatted the drive, C, that was running the OS(WinXP) on it. Now I have it triple booting, Win98/Win2k/WinXP. Now the other drive is MIA. I will try accessing it in DOS.

Does it matter what setup disk I put in?
 

AlMujtahid

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Ok, I treid to access the drive in DOS. It switched to the drive with no problems but when I typed dir, it didnt work. Said bad media ...
 
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the data on the 2nd hardrive is it on fat or ntfs file system, because If you tried to acces the drive using windows 98 you won't be able to see any ntfs partitions
 

AlMujtahid

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it was an NTFS volume. But I cannot access in neither Win2k or WinXP. I am triple booting. I dont know if that will make a difference. I dont imagine it should.
 
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how old is the second hd , it looks that the drive failed . was the data on it important.
 
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Originally posted by AlMujtahid:
Ok, I treid to access the drive in DOS. It switched to the drive with no problems but when I typed dir, it didnt work. Said bad media ...
I know this is going to sound odd but it's a little trick that sometimes works in situations like this:

Remove the drive and put it in your freezer for around 3 hours. Then reinstall it and IMMEDIATELY try to access it. 9 out of 10 times you can. Don't ask me how it works :p
 
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