Somebody (!) please find Christopher Albin Edmonds's E-mail address then
forward the following to him...
Quote:>> Here is the scenario: 1 physical drive partitioned into C: and D:, both
>> FAT16. So I backed all of the contents of C: onto D:, so that I could
>> use a "recovery" CD that came with my computer to reinstall everything
>> as it was originally. Anyway, the instructions with the CD specifically
>> stated that it would destroy any existing data on drive C:, which I
>> realised and that's why I backed it up to D:.
Smart move but unfortunately "recovery" software is usually brain dead...
For "C:" read "device #80"... The/your entire first fixed disk drive. :-(
Quote:>> But... when the recovery programme ran, it also ran FDISK, which deleted
>> and remade the partitions on the drive, and then formatted C: and
>> possibly D: too.
Yus, it looks as though both drives were formatted.
Quote:>>So is there anyway to recover the contents of D:?
Possibly. It depends on whether or not the D:rive was FIRST FDisk'd and
then formatted. If it was simply formatted then a simple UNFormat would
do the job... If it was first FDisk'd and THEN formatted there would be
NO UNFormat information and you're left with just - partially - damaged
information on the drive...
Again a simple UNFormat is the 'solution'. You will have lost the stuff
in the Root DIRectory but - assuming that the drive was well maintained
ie. defragmented - you should be able to get a whole pile of stuff back
from the hard drive minus the root path-names.
Go for it ! You've got * all to lose and a whole lot to gain ! (c:
Quote:>> It currently appears as just an empty FAT16 drive. Note that the
>> new partitions are identical in size to the original ones.
Hmm... It would have been tonnes better if they were NOT identical ! If
they hadn't been the Root DIRectory and FAT's would have only been part
damaged at worst.
Hei ! If UNFormatting the drive doesn't give even remotely good results
then that means that they were NOT identical, and you can get a REBUILD
done. That'll cost you... but not that much.
Quote:>Seems to me you're out of luck.
The recovery CDs supplied by some OEMs
Quote:>are to be used in cases where, for example, you'll have to replace your
>entire hard disk wirh a new one, so the CDs usually think that the drive
>is totally empty and not yet even partitioned.
True... Brain dead software.
Everywhere and Unavoidable !
Once you've partitioned a
Quote:>drive and formatted it, there's no easy way to get your data back.
>*are* some companies that can do that after this, though, but be
>prepared to pay about $2000-$15000 for their services.
Yus. Phuquing RIP OFF merchants.
A couple of hundred quid - TOPS.
Stuff the B's - Show Me the Honey !