I will give a detailed step by step of what happened.
I just built a new windowsPE tool and was testing on a home pc with partition magic 8.0
I moved a few drives around and for some reason messed up my ntfs permissions causing WinXp not to boot (no biggie there)
Then i thought i would get creative in the fix i thought i would try and convert my NTFS drive to FAT32 to just "fix" this issue
After some time PQmagic failed with errors about stream fail (i forget the Exact error but it was something along those lines)
i then realized that i had some important source code for a project i just finished on the desktop of the XP install on the drive ... then i realized that i should have been more cautious and backed up
where i am now....
The drive is a 80gb drive
There is a visible partition in PQmagic that says C: ?m? 76gb (so it's a 76gb partition that is unknown) i can not browse or use any standard windows tools on the drive ...i can see it in my computer because for some reason the unmounted drive has a drive letter
I have ghosted the drive with ghost -ia to prevent any loss to what might be left
after lost of research i don't think i can get into the GHS files at all to get anythign from them and i cant use ghost explorer to get data From the gho files
I have ran a copy of WinturnalsDiskCommander on the drive and it will return no data or information that was usefully
I tried using a demo product called 'recover it pro' and it will scan the drive and find a bunch of xxxxx$ files in a root (however i cant recover them to see the data they contain because of the demo)
one files is 80GB it's a txt file according to the program
I have not gone as far to uninstall the drive form the PC yet to see if a demo of ontrack will give any data.
To my best judgment i have ruined the master file tables and have corrupted any partitions ...
So my question is Can i get my desktop folder back ? and What else shoudl i try - obviously money is a factor, i dont want to spend any ... but there is a a few weeks of code that i woudl rahter not redo so if i must spend the cash, and if ontrack could hand me my data on a DVD and nice and pritty ..it might be worth it.
And will i be forced to have only RAW data? it seems that i should be able to get the data back some how.
The folder in question has about 300 files and they are small (1-2mb) so getting back a bunch of RAW data would suck to manage.