Windows deleted my files!

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I've reinstalled Windows XP SP2 on my old machine. After first restart it told me that there are problems with my D disk's file structure (Windows installation as default - on C disk). I let Windows to check and repair problems on D disk. It took about 30 mins. After done "fixing", windows restarted once more. And what i saw after, was a blank D disk. Almost 250GB of photos, documents, home-made movies and other unrecoverable priceless data were lost...
So that was the tragedy. A few hours later, when I calmed down, I've started to download and try variuos file recovery software. But none of it helped me to recover at least one lost file. After week of trying i gave up. I've tried variuos Windows apps, live CDs with recovery tools, Linux apps. None of those helped... So maybe someone has a solution for me, couse I don't know what to try anymore?
 
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Just more things to try. But chkdsk does a lot of damage if it reads an invalid partition table and they may be lost.

Free recovery applications:

1) Recover Files
2) Recuva
3) Restoration
4) Free Undelete (NTFS only)
5) Softperfect File Recovery
6) ADRC Data Recovery Tools
7) Undelete Plus
8) Data Recovery
9) PCI File Recovery
10) DriveRescue
11) Ultimate Data Recovery
12) Disk Investigator

Commercial:

Paragon Mount Everything (Mounts any file system, CD/DVD burning, File Manager, Partitioner)
GetDataBack (For FAT or NTFS)
Ontrack EasyRecovery Pro
File Scavenger
Recover My Files
RecoverPlus Pro
Zero Assumption Recovery
[email protected] File Recovery
Final Recovery
Recover4All Professional
Easeus Data Recovery Wizard
NTFS Recovery
 
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Is D: part of the same HD or a seperate HD?
What was Drive D formatted with? XP 98 95 or 2000? If it was something other than XP try installing C: with what it had before on it. And then try to read D:
 

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Results so far...:

Free apps:

(n)1) Recover Files - 0 files found
(n)2) Recuva - 0 files found
(n)3) Restoration - 0 files found
(n)4) Free Undelete (NTFS only) - 0 files found
(n)5) Softperfect File Recovery - 0 files found
(n)6) ADRC Data Recovery Tools - there aren't any tools, only non-free recovery services
(n)7) Undelete Plus - trojan found :mad:
(n)8) Data Recovery - no such link
(n)9) PCI File Recovery - still working, 30% done, but 0 files found
(n)10) DriveRescue - bad archive
(n)11) Ultimate Data Recovery - 0 files found
(n)12) Disk Investigator - Recovery function doesn't work

Later I'll post results of commercial apps
 

nogood

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Is D: part of the same HD or a seperate HD?
What was Drive D formatted with? XP 98 95 or 2000? If it was something other than XP try installing C: with what it had before on it. And then try to read D:
D: is seperate HDD -Seagate Barracuda7200 250GB
It was formated by XP Windows
I've tried to read files from HDD on variuos systems: WinXP, Win Vista, Win Server 2003, Ubuntu linux, SuSe Linux... etc - with no luck
 
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Can you post a screenshot of your disk management window ? Rt click on My Computer>manage>disk management.
 

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Here is the screenshot, the target drive is E: now, couse I've pluged this HDD to my Vista machine
 
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So you have Windows XP already installed on that drive? If it is a primary Partition then it must have been formatted and XP installed on it. Try making it the first HD and boot from it. Remove all other drives and see if it will boot.
 
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Lefty you might want to reread the thread. XP was not installed on this drive and its not bootable.
 

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So you have Windows XP already installed on that drive? If it is a primary Partition then it must have been formatted and XP installed on it. Try making it the first HD and boot from it. Remove all other drives and see if it will boot.
Of course it's not bootable, where do you see attributes like: "system", "boot", "active", etc on that partition? As I told before this HDD was used only for data storing, not as system disk.
 
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Can we take a quick look at your partition table ? Download this program......
ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/english_us_canada/tools/pq/utilities/PTEDIT32.zip

Unzip it to your desktop. There is no install, so just click on the .exe. In the upper left corner of the window, you will see a dropdown box. Choose "drive 2" from there. Post a screenshot.

We'll see if it tells us anything from there. Perhaps testdisk will be an option, as well.
 
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Ok, let's try some changes.

First and foremost, please be sure that you have changed to "drive 2" from the dropdown box in PTedit.

Write down all the information that goes across from line 1 (left to right), so it can be changed back if need be.

In line 1 across, click inside each box to set the values to these........

Type 07
Boot 80
Start Cyl 0
Head 1
Sector 1
End Cyl 1023
Head 254
Sector 63
Sectors Before 63
Sectors 488392002

At the bottom of the window, click to "save changes". Close out the window and reboot your computer. Check your drive to see if anything has changed.
 
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