Recovering files from a corrupted hardrive Watch

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OK. MY PC got corrupted somehow. i left it on standby for about 2 hours and it failed to boot up again. I turned it on and off a few times and it said that something was corrupted. So i said **** it and took it to a computer shop where they saved my old files on my 2nd hardrive (160GB) and added XP to it and put the files back. The only problem is that all of my files on the original 250 GB hd are unreachable and whenever i click on the 250 GB HD on my pc it only presents me with the option to format it. Is there anyway i can get the files from the 250 GB HD?
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I doubt you'd be able to recover anything to be honest.

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=878510
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testdisk?
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How?
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How?
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
put on some media, restart, boot the media.

it does do crazy things like manually messing with the MBR etc, but it does have a copy utility.
you can browse the drive, and copy stuff to somewhere else.

so im guessing you can copy from the dead part to the working part.



edit: actually, try this first....
windows cant read it?
i wonder what file system it is: open disk manager, does it say what file format it is?
if not, use a ubuntu live cd or download gparted, boot into either of these and run the disk partitioner program. it will tell you the file format its in
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Oh man i am getting scared, i will probably send i back to the shop.
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(Original post by bleeper)
they saved my old files on my 2nd hardrive (160GB) and added XP to it and put the files back. The only problem is that all of my files on the original 250 GB hd are unreachable
What files did the shop move from the 250GB to 160GB then? Surly the ones you want have been moved?
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Oh man i am getting scared, i will probably send i back to the shop.
well you could send it back, saying they have made it unreadable,
but it would be easier to help if you could tell use what file system its using
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What files did the shop move from the 250GB to 160GB then? Surly the ones you want have been moved?
They transferred things originally on my 160 gb hd to an external drive reformatted the 160gb hd and then put everything back.
well you could send it back, saying they have made it unreadable,
but it would be easier to help if you could tell use what file system its using
It says RAW and has used space and free space both at 0
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They transferred things originally on my 160 gb hd to an external drive reformatted the 160gb hd and then put everything back.


It says RAW and has used space and free space both at 0
use gparted or another linux live cd (as i described before), they will give more info
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they said track 0 has been deleted defected
all files still exist in partition
something about recover NTFS table
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they said track 0 has been deleted defected
all files still exist in partition
something about recover NTFS table
they?:confused:
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sorry the PC shop.
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sorry the PC shop.
ok, but what they are saying may not necessarily be true/

have you tried gparted yet???
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I would but i have no idea how to use it.
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I would but i have no idea how to use it.
ok, well a quick overview....
you will have to download gparted, its about 114MB
you then burn it to a cd
restart
the cd loads gparted
it will then tell you information about the hard disk

http://sourceforge.net/projects/gpar...1.iso/download

it should hopefully tell you more about this partition that windows can't read
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http://i46.tinypic.com/kd0uv5.jpg

http://i49.tinypic.com/20qhvf8.jpg

http://i45.tinypic.com/242uan5.jpg

http://i46.tinypic.com/1z1urzn.jpg
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ah, i remember teskdisk, its quite confusing at first.
but it appears to have some stuff on there...

the 3rd screenshot has a backup folder, did you create that? doesnt seem to be anything else useful on this partition
on the 4th screenshot, it looks like a windows installation, you have the documents and settings folder where all your stuff should be, for example
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Yay! Now what can i do to get those files? My friend is walking me through this but the Test disk thing is still running. I think that backup folder was created when my hardrive was last corrupted.
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(Original post by bleeper)
Yay! Now what can i do to get those files? My friend is walking me through this but the Test disk thing is still running. I think that backup folder was created when my hardrive was last corrupted.
it says in the 3rd and 4th screenshots, 'press c to copy':holmes:
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