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Think i need help with my MBR

by mallox99 / July 3, 2009 4:48 AM PDT

i have a wd 320 gig for my secondary hard disk. on my primary, i partitioned it and installed xp and vista, but i took my wd out of my dasktop before the install. my os's installs went fine but when i put the wd back in neither os will access the drive. it askes me to format it and only shows 127gig available, and thats how much room i had left on it, help me get my stuff back... thank you

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Some questions:
by Kees Bakker / July 3, 2009 4:55 AM PDT

1. What version of XP (original, SP1, SP2, SP3)?
2. What OS are you booting into to look at the drive? Really both? Then in Vista go into disk management and see what it reports about the partitions on that drive. See http://www.windowsreference.com/windows-vista/how-to-use-disk-management-in-vista/

And if you take the drive out and mount it in an external case, what does disk management say then?

It's too early to discuss data recovery yet. But it might be necessary.

Don't you have a backup?


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ok heres what i got
by mallox99 / July 3, 2009 5:19 AM PDT
In reply to: Some questions:

computer management tells me that my wd is disk 0 lettered F says 128.0 GB raw, Healthy (active, primary partition) fault tolerance "no" overhead "0%" i am using xp sp2 and vista ultimate sp1 32bit, 4 gig ram my primary hd is 250 gig seagate sata the troubled drive is a western digital 320 gig, also my cpu is a amd 64 processor 3500+ 2.20 GHz

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So ..
by Kees Bakker / July 3, 2009 5:33 AM PDT
In reply to: ok heres what i got

disk management says there's one raw partition of 128 GB and the remaining 172 GB (to make 300 together) is unallocated. And you think otherwise.

Time to try these 2 datarecovery programs:

Programs like this are easy to find: google for DOWNLOAD X with X being the program name.

If they fail also, it's time to set the professionals at work (that won't be free). See www.drivesavers.com or www.ontrackdatarecovery.com/


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one more question
by mallox99 / July 3, 2009 5:38 AM PDT
In reply to: So ..

so do you think it is possible that the boot record on the wd got messed up? and if so do think it can be repaired?

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by mallox99 / July 3, 2009 12:20 PM PDT
In reply to: So ..

am currently transfering all my lost files over to my primary, am using the getdataback program very fast and friendly, thanks again

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