My Sony desktop is 4 years old. It came with a partitioned hard drive, C&D, about 20 GB and 100 GB, respectively. I also added another hard drive in the machine shortly after purchase (160 GB). Everythign worked fine for 3.5 years until the 20 GB C drive started running out of space. After getting tired of always trying to free up more space, I surfed around on my computer and found the settings to modify the partition!! Well, when I set up to double my C drive, the machine did several things all at once: 1) It reset my C: as to when I first purchased the machine (my virus protector was already expired), 2) my D: was unaffected (it was not maxed out on space since I used the installed hard drive most often) and 3) my self-installed hard drive was completely wiped 100%.
I tried undoing the procedure but to no avail. I have not written anything new to the hard drive so I am wondering if its at all posibble to retrieve all the items I lost (tons of pictures/videos).
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Re: hard drive wiped :(
No. Not if the partition table was re-written on the 160GB and any data was written to it. If there is info that MUST be retrieved, there are pay services that can bit-retrieve and reconstruct some files. There is no guarantee.
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If this hard disk came with your new computer or laptop then the hard drive may have a small 2nd restore partition. This partition is not for normal use, it is only used to fix your computer/laptop if you need to restore it back to the Out of the Box condition. You can use Disk manager to wipe this restore partition and create a data 745.52Gb data partition. I would not recommend you do this as you need the keep this restore partition if something happens to destroy your Windows 7 operating system.
Most likely the drive has failed and has nothing to do with the copying.
There is almost always a way to recover your data, it just depends how much your willing to pay.
Depending on the level of data recovery required 1, 2 or 3 you will cost about $150, $500 and $2000 respectively.
There is the possibility that it simply is the controller in the external enclosure that has failed. If this is the case and you don't mind voiding your warranty if you have one you can open the enclosure, pull out the drive and plug it into any desktop that supports sata drives which is any newer than 4 years old. If the computer detects the drive then just buy a new 2.5" enclosure online for $6-20 dollars.
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it may have been partitioned to be 2 seperate drive partitions. When a drive is first formatted, you can cut it up into seperate pieces. explore your computer and add up your drives and gigs. If not, then the Bios needs to be manually changed for that drive, but in todays modern computers this is rare. Thanks, James ----PLEASE CLICK ON 4 THUMBS UP 4 ME!!----
If you connect the drives using one single ribbon cable with two connectors on it then you need to set the drives to Master/Slave using the jumpers on the drives. Master being your OS drive.
If you are running a very old Operating System, make sure it can support a 20GB drive.
Use a bootable CD and use partition magic 8.2 program for this purpose. You can change any desired format without data loss and also resize without any data loss. It will work 100% and guranateed beter work.
Use a partition manager to see if the drive is recognized. If it is not recognized, you may not have the jumper setting correct. If it is a master drive, set the jumper for master drive. same for slave or cable select
please goto start>control panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management>storage>disk management . Here you will find all unallocated space and allocateds too. please make those unallocated spaces new partition.
3rd party software like Partition Magic might do it, it's good but not free. However, if you google "best partition software" you might get some good free alternatives. In the worst case a fresh windows installation required. No, that's the second worst case, i think it doesn't aply but in the very worst case you need to wipe your HD totally clean with Boot and Nuke, at least not with the windows, free=ing some space the factory set's aside for recovery purposes. However, this method is drastically, only aply when 100% sure, plus the reserved space can never be that much. A partition tool MIGHT do the job but it sounds like it has some deeper root of the problem. Try google it and hope some1 recognize it (and probably had the same problem or a big brain). Sry i couln't help you more.
You can install a software called partition magic and use it to merge the two partitions into one.
But you might need to free some space on your C drive. What you can do is copy (CUT) all your My Documents data and paste it to your D drive or your second drive. This should free a lot of space enough to install partition magic.
WinXP & Win2k cannot create FAT32 partitions larger than 32 GB.IF you want to use partitions larger than 32GB in WinXp then you will need to install a third party partition tool like Partition magic. Partition magic is probably the best coz i have formatted my 200GB HDD in 2 mins flat!