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Hi folks,

Was formatting a WinXP HDD the other day, so first thing I done was remove all other HDD to avoid confusion/accidental formatting of them.

Tried to boot up my WD 1TB external HDD but nothing came up., so I checked GParted and it was detecting it but showing unallocated space: 931.51GiB. Thought that maybe the file type was changed so I loaded up WinXP on another computer and it's showing up as the same.

Disk Management shows this:

http://i31.tinypic.com/2i7s47c.jpg

The questions I ask is:

How would this just happen out of the blues?

Could the MBR be corrupt? I've not tried booting up winxp's repair yet.

Are there any good recovery software worth getting to retrieve the files?

I've always sworn by photorec when getting small data but almost 1TB of data with random file names kinda suck, so would ideally need something that recovers the file names too!

Cheers

-P

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Hi folks,

Was formatting a WinXP HDD the other day, so first thing I done was remove all other HDD to avoid confusion/accidental formatting of them.

Tried to boot up my WD 1TB external HDD but nothing came up., so I checked GParted and it was detecting it but showing unallocated space: 931.51GiB. Thought that maybe the file type was changed so I loaded up WinXP on another computer and it's showing up as the same.

Disk Management shows this:

http://i31.tinypic.com/2i7s47c.jpg

The questions I ask is:

How would this just happen out of the blues?

Could the MBR be corrupt? I've not tried booting up winxp's repair yet.

Are there any good recovery software worth getting to retrieve the files?

I've always sworn by photorec when getting small data but almost 1TB of data with random file names kinda suck, so would ideally need something that recovers the file names too!

Cheers

-P

Windows works in mysterious ways.

I have not used the tool listed below, but it was given high marks in another forum on data recovery

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

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Am I understanding this correctly: You formated an internal HDD with Windows XP installed, and an external HDD that wasn't even plugged in at the time got corrupted? Was there an operating system installed on the external disk, and if so were you dual booting it with XP?

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