Win XP install disk killed harddrive! I didn't even install it...
Posted on 2004-09-05
I have two drives installed on my system. One is the boot drive (WD800) and the other is my files (WD2000)
Both drives are formated, or actually were formated, as NTFS.
This is where it gets interesting.
The Boot drive is actually the second drive on the system but it is configured as the boot drive in BIOS (IDE1), So inside windows it's listed as C:
I decided it was about time for a fresh install of XP so I booted the XP install CD and tried to do a fresh install on the drive (WD800)
At this point the boot drive (WD800) was named [Josh] and that displayed here in the install program. The other (WD2000) drive had a long name [Sean M Dugan] and inside the instal program it now said [Unrecognized] So I Selected the boot disk (WD800) :) and proceded to try to reinstall XP on it. The install program said the drive wasn't formated properly to run XP (even though it was since it was already running XP) and i would have to reformat. At this point feeling like Microsoft is so inane it can't even use it's own file system from an install cd, I quit the installation.
Booted back up into XP and Suprise! my WD2000 with 100 gig of files including photo abulms from the last 2 years says it's no longer formatted!
Obviously the files are still there but the Disk is no longer recognized as formatted. Apparently XP saw fit to destroy the file index even though Ii had undergone no changes inside the instaltion program.
I have attempted to restore the files using Ontrack EasyRecovery only to find that it looses all filenames and Directory structure. Is there any way I can recover my Partition to it's origianal state?