While trying to read another hard drive from my XP PC somehow my secondary slave drive was overwritten. I have no idea how this could possibly have happened but it did. My question is the data that is on the disk now is very minimal compared to what was on the drive. Is there recovery software available to possibly recover the data/files that were on the drive?
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download a free program called RECOVA.......this great and free program will scan your hard drive and then give you a long list of programs and files to recover. Warning, if you have installed other programs on this computer you may have totally overwritten your lost data! Good luck
Be careful, don't put anything new or do any operation on your drive no matter if your Samsung drive can be read or not because it can product your files, all of your files in your drive will not be overwritten or deleted. If you still cannot use it (means it can not be read), you can try to format it again and use the data recovery software to help you to recover lost data. Here is one for you uflysoft.com. But you should pay attention, make sure you can recover lost data first, then try, just try the software, OK? God bless you.
You must go to BIOS setup and follow the steps.God bless youHowever follow this steps:
Instructions 1 Remove the screws on your computer case and slide the cover off of the machine. Notice the hard drive bays in the front of the machine. The existing hard drive is installed in one of these bays.
2 Use the tweezers to set the jumper pins to "Slave" mode. The jumper pins are white connectors located on the back of the hard drive. Above the jumper pin section on the hard drive is the schema to set the drive to "Slave."
3 Insert the hard drive into the computer case bay underneath the existing drive. Screw in the drive and mount it to the case using the screws included with the hard drive packaging.
4 Connect the hard drive cable from the main hard drive to the secondary slave drive. There are two connectors on the hard drive cable. The very end of it is inserted into the main hard drive. The middle connection is used for the slave drive. Insert this secondary, middle connector into your newly installed drive.
5 Insert one of the power supply cables into the back of the hard drive. This supplies electrical power to the device.
6 Replace the case cover back onto the machine. Ensure you replace the screws to properly fasten it to the computer case.
Things You'll Need:
1. Download Glary Utilities by following the link provided in the "Resources" section below. Click "Download Now" and then "Save File" when asked if you would like to save the file.
2. Double click the newly downloaded file. It will appear in either a "Downloads" pop-up window or as an icon on the desktop. Click "OK" and then click "Run" when asked if you would like to run the program.
3. Click "Next" when the installation wizard launches and then follow the remaining prompts to complete the installation.
4. Launch Glary Utilities and click the "Modules" tab.
5. Select "Privacy & Security" and then "Uninstall." Select the location on the hard drive where the overwritten file would be and click "Search." Glary Utilities will now scan the hard drive for files that have been removed and overwritten.
6. Select the overwritten file you want to recover once the scan is complete. Click "Restore." You will be prompted with a message stating a file already exists there. This is the updated file. Create a different name for the file that you want to recover and click "OK." The overwritten file will now be recovered.
Read more: How to Recover Overwritten Files in Windows XP ' eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_5164783_recover-overwritten-files-windows-xp.html#ixzz1Ct1y0y7R
It sounds like you may have the IDE cables hooked up backwards on your motherboard.. The IDE cable slot on the motherboard labled IDE1 should be where your Hard drives are if you want them to read as primary. The Optical drives are usually on IDE2, designating them as secondary.
Let me know if you need more help.
in order to set it to slave you first needs to make sure the cable that u hoodked up to the hard drive is the slave not secondary then boot the computer to the bios and then under the ide section section you need to ensure that the hard drive is recognized as primary slave it will show the hard drive as a primary or a secondary that will let you you that u have the cable hooked up to the harddrive right if not usee the other connector on the same cabel and repeat the bios settings i know it sounds hard but it really is not good luck !!!!
If you have not written anything to the disk since you accidentally formatted it I can recover all your files for you. If you wrote any files to it some of the files will be ruined. I have FBI forensic software that can do what you need and more. Rate this fixya and post an e-mail address and I will get the software to you. George