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recover data after reinstall win xp after it shutdown?

by jumpingjaxs / September 23, 2008 9:48 AM PDT

hi there, been researching for days finding similar problems but nothing quite close enough, appreciate any help you can please provide.

initially, windows would not start (when i turned on the comp as usual, it entered windows setup and informed me a problem had 'been detected and windows has shut down to prevent damage'. at first all options were stalled/frozen and i had to cut the main power to restart, but then i could enter bios or let it load to setup).

a friend advised not to use recovery console but to reinstall windows.

*it might be necessary to note: i had my comp configured to run with E as the primary drive. C drive had been messed up long ago and a friend helped me isolate it with intentions of reformatting (we never got around to that and ive been using the E drive with no problems for over a year).

when i reinstalled windows it seems to have put my old C drive as the main drive and all the contents of my valued E drive are now located in D. i dont know if that matters but the current problem is that they are unaccessible.
when i try to open any file an error message says 'access denied', or 'corrupted' or simply beeps at me.
i had shut down the comp to go to work and when i restarted it today there were unfamiliar flash screens with lines and lines of 'recovering orphan file 'such and such''. it was going fast but i recognized some file names as the ones from my former E drive. when windows finally loaded, many of the 'corrupted unaccessible' folders are now missing.

what are my options for recovering or repairing my data?

im not sure which info to provide, i have a win xp pro on a intel r pentium rd, cpu 2.8 ghz, 504? mb ram, 80? gb hd.

thank you so much for taking the time, i am losing my mind.

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